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8 Ravishing Rooftop Retreats with Elevated Style

With land at such a premium in so many cities around the globe, it’s no surprise that more and more people are starting to utilize their rooftops as additional living space. Not only does expanding your home upwards onto your roof (in accordance with local laws) make sense practically and economically, it can also help the environment by helping to regulate the temperature of your indoor area and capturing stormwater if you decide to landscape your outdoor area with plants. And we can’t forget to mention the views! Read on for eight rooftop retreats with a truly elevated sense of style.

Sensational Green Sanctuary

Can you tell that the owner and designer of this spectacular NYC sky terrace works with plants for a living? Cristiane Peixoto, a floral designer, and her husband Marcus Silberman created the oasis in the sky as a way to bring a little taste of Rio de Janeiro to the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Upper East Side Apartment with Spectacular Rooftop Terrace Furniture

The only thing better than usable outdoor space is usable outdoor space that can easily be turned into usable indoor space. That’s exactly what the owners of this 19th century Dutch apartment get to enjoy with their adaptable rooftop garden that doubles as a covered greenhouse during the colder months.

Dutch apartment with adaptable terrace colorful plants

Can you imagine ascending the steps of this two-story penthouse to emerge onto your own private rooftop sanctuary complete with a wooden pergola, flourishing flora and twinkling string lights? The former factory boasts another unique feature as well – its own iconic, NYC-style water tower.

Glass Atrium in Violin-Inspired Penthouse Oasis

Glass Atrium and Water Tower Rooftop

This ultra-modern penthouse loft in Vancouver…