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Up on the Roof »

Our client in Kensington wanted to make the best use of his London home’s only outside space – a roof terrace.

image of the original roof and water tank

From this...

image of the new water tank cladding with granite top

to this

image of the original dining area

and from this...

image of the new dining area

to this



The roof terrace has spectacular views over interesting surrounding buildings, including the Natural History Museum, but the inhospitable, exposed, sloping space made entertaining and relaxing difficult. 


Several steps across the roof made placing a table and chairs impossible, and the rickety wire balustrades made it downright dangerous!








image of the seating area and entrance to the roof via the skylight


Access to the roof was via a single roof light, so all materials were brought up on scaffolding attached to the front of the building – no mean feat given that the roof was five flights up! 











image of the dining area looking over the front of the propertu

The problem of safety was addressed with beautiful glass balustrades which not only act as wind breaks, but also showcase the all important views. Timber decking could degrade quite quickly given the exposed nature of the site, so the ugly concrete paving was covered with light-weight composite decking, which is both durable and low-maintenance. 


The decking is made from reclaimed wood waste that would otherwise go into landfill, it does not require treating with any potentially harmful paint or sealants and it doesn’t rot like timber, thereby significantly reducing the wasteful cycle of repair and replacement. 


image of the bed next to the glass skylight



Changing the levels meant covering one of the skylights, so we inserted a toughened glass panel over it in order to allow light through to the room below.  











image of the seating area

Built-in cupboards under bench seating are used to store cushions and other essentials and an existing water tank cupboard, next to the barbecue, was made useful by adding a granite work top. 




image of the dining area


A large dining area was provided by reconfiguring the position of the steps, also providing an area for sunbathing and relaxing.

Finally, funky heaters and clever lighting make this an outdoor party room for use at any time of year. 




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