Tiny House With Roof Deck? Yes, It’s Possible!

Tiny House With Roof Deck? Yes, It’s Possible!

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tiny house roof deck construction is possible
A tiny house with a roof deck is doable

Here’s the truth: I was a bit skeptical about joining the tiny house movement because I had the worry that I may be torturing myself living in a shrunk home. Never had I weighed that living in a tiny house can be grand, not until I got a freakin’ fantastic roof deck!

A tiny house with a roof deck is possible. In fact, roof decks are the latest thing in tiny houses, and many have it already. It requires creativity, so you could come up with roof deck ideas that suit your needs and your home’s capacity. 

Of course, it goes without saying that building a roof deck in a tiny house comes with potential issues, including access, capacity, safety, and snow-load. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be done. 

How to Build a Tiny House Roof Deck

You can create a DIY roof deck or hire a professional crew to do the work. The process starts with brainstorming a design. This includes planning how the rooftop terrace would look, the materials to use, and the accessibility. 

Hiring an expert to curate the plan can help you come up with a beautiful tailored roof deck that fits your resources. Unless, of course, if you have a creative mind and can come up with your own design. 

You see, building a roof deck is a complex work. A lot of factors come into play that adds up to the complexity of the project.

Things to Consider in Building Tiny House Roof Deck

If only constructing a roof deck to your tiny house is a piece of cake, then life would be so much easier, eh? But no. Building a tiny house roof deck can be as intimidating and challenging as that of constructing a big house.

  • Consider the building laws

The building laws for tiny houses differ from place to place. So before even thinking about constructing a roof deck, make sure to check the building laws in your local area, especially if you live in a community where you need to adhere to the homeowners association rules. 

  • Calculate the expenses

Planning includes calculating the cost of adding a roof deck to your tiny house. The cost of building a roof deck in a tiny house can go anywhere from $5000 to $10000. The price may vary depending on the design and the amenities to be installed. 

It’s fair to think that you may spend a little over $10000 if you’re thinking about making your roof deck luxurious, classy, equipped, and durable. 

  • Get the right materials

After having a plan, design, and all the legal papers, the next thing to consider is getting the right (perhaps the best) materials to use for your roof deck. 

It’s important to remember that your roof deck will be most exposed to various elements. The patio must be durable enough to withstand harsh weather conditions: snow, rain, and sun. 

Plus, your deck must be water-tight. It’s a vital feature of your deck to ensure your tiny home stays dry even during intense, heavy rains. 

  • There must be adequate working space for the construction

Typically, building a roof deck requires wider working space construction than that of building a ground-level deck. 

You need to figure out how your crew will access your rooftop, especially if you have a two-story tiny house. They may need a ladder or, perhaps, a crane to access your roof deck. 

  • Decorate your roof deck

You sure want your deck to look inviting, attractive, and comfortable. So decor your deck with furniture that compliments your patio. 

Add items that you can easily stow away if it rains or snow, such as floor cushions. 

After considering all these factors, you may start wondering if having a roof deck in your tiny house is… what’s the word?.. worth it. So let me discuss a little bit why you need to have a tiny house roof deck. 

Why You Need a Tiny House Roof Deck

Living in a house with limited space isn’t always easy. This is even more true for those who got used to living in a large house with plenty of rooms and spaces. 

One of the many challenges of tiny house living is the lack of space to accommodate and entertain guests. While outdoor recreation is fun, some gatherings are more enjoyable when there is privacy. 

Catching up with friends with fine wine and a plate of sausage and cheese is still much pleasant when held inside the house. Pondering about the best things in life with a cup of coffee in your own, comfortable roof deck is always amusing. Performing yoga and exercises in the morning in your flat while hearing the birds chirp is beguiling. 

You see, a roof deck is essential in tiny houses. It provides extra space that can be used for personal activities. What’s more, they make for a perfect entertainment space. 

I have friends asking me about tiny house roof decks, and I just can’t help but gather some ideas to help them (and you) get better concepts in building a roof terrace. 

Tiny House Roof Deck Ideas

Most tiny houses use their rooftops to sport solar panels, especially if they intend to make their tiny homes off-the-grid. Some, though, decided to use the rooftop as extra space for entertainment and leisure. 

Consider the following tiny house roof deck ideas below:

Tiny house roof deck with mini bar
Tiny house roof deck with mini bar
  • Roof Deck Bar

A special Friday night drinking with friends is undoubtedly a great way to end your stressful week on a good note! 

Invite your friends to your tiny house and gather them on your roof deck for some cocktails and beers. A small roof-deck mini-bar is a perfect idea to soak in booze at the comfort of your own space while enjoying the view (perhaps, the starry night?).

  • Roof Deck Lounge

Having a comfy, cozy, and spacious lounge where you can rest and relax is a must-have! You can add a leather sofa in your roof deck, a small coffee table, and an off-set patio umbrella so you can read your favorite book in the shade. 

  • Roof Deck Small Garden

Adding greenery to your patio is a great way to add decor to your space. They’re not only visually fascinating, but they are also good for your health. 

Houseplants can make you feel better. It freshens the air and eliminates harmful toxins. 

  • Roof Deck Telescope

Your roof deck is also a great place to get mesmerized with the dazzling and shining plethora of stars. Place a telescope and enjoy stargazing. Immerse yourself to the wondrous shimmering stones up the universe. 

Your tiny house roof deck is also a great place to enjoy a panoramic view, mainly if your tiny house is situated in an area that offers picturesque scenery. 

The Challenges of Building a Roof Deck

Several things can come your way when building a tiny house roof deck. First:

a. Location

Each location has its own regulations when it comes to tiny houses. Talk to your local government office about the ordinances regarding your tiny house and renovations. 

b. Capacity

Your roof deck may not be able to accommodate as many guests as your ground floor can. It’s best to inquire to an expert and talk about the things you can do to make your roof deck as durable as possible.

c. Safety

Do you have children living with you in your tiny house? Or are your invited guests have kids with them? Your roof deck must be safe for everyone — both young and old. 

Adding a fence to your patio may be the best solution. 

Related Questions

How much does a tiny house with roof deck cost?

The price of a new tiny house alone can go anywhere from $10,000 to $180,000, and the average cost goes from $30,000 to $70,000. If you build your own standard tiny house, you will spend around $10,000 to $20,000.

Check out this tiny house on a trailer with a full walk-out roof deck costing $70,000.

The price varies depending on your location. 

Can I build my own tiny house?

As long as you have the right tools and skills, you can build your own tiny house. Otherwise, we recommend partnering with professionals so you can have the best tiny home that meets your budget.

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