In Baltimore City, where rowhomes are the norm, rooftop decks are the outdoor space of choice. And they’re not just the bland, pressure-treated wooden structures typically associated with the home accessory.
“Decks have made leaps and bounds in the past 10 years,” says George Brown, president of Greenleaf Construction in Hampden. “People are giving it their style and characteristics. They want to make it beautiful and unique.”
With an abundance of decks in the region, we’ve come up with top trends that will allow your deck to stand out among the mass of others. So whether that means what colors to use or which decor aspect will give you more privacy, we’ve got you covered.
Typically associated with gardens, the grate-like wooden structures are growing in popularity for roof decks, according to Brown.
“Sometimes the sun can be brutal in the afternoon. Sometimes you need a space to retreat to,” he adds.
Built-in design details — such as lighting, grills and bars — are the latest trend with decks, according to John L. Rhine III, president of Rhine Landscaping in Sykesville.
“Lighting is a huge add-on to every single job,” says Rhine, who adds that lighting — often low-voltage LED — increases safety and allows for nighttime entertaining. “Lights for the post and the stairs is a must these days.”
One thing that you won't see much of these days is built-in benches instead of or near railings.
In addition to its sleek appearance, aluminum can’t rust.
“They come powder-coated in different colors, with black being the most common,” Rhine explains.
And they’re not much more expensive than the wood variety. “Cost is almost the same to slightly higher,” he says.
White and pink decor
Decks — especially treated lumber ones — are typically in neutral hues. Pops of color in furniture and deck decor provide a nice contrast to the wood, according to Belvedere Square-based interior designer Stephanie Gamble.