Backyard Terrace




last year we moved into a new apartment. one of the interesting things in this apartment was that -beside that it was really a lot of work to make it usable- it had an exit onto a roof (though you have to go through the toilet room...). this summer i decided to build a terrace on it. it's not really legal to do this without asking, but i didn't touch any walls so if someone wants me to remove it i can do that without having done any damage.

Step 1: The Space

in the middle of the space where the terrace was planned there is a rooflight dome of the shop below. thus the floor had to be built around it. parts of the construction for the terrace floor can already be seen on the pic.

Step 2: Floor Construction

the under-construction of the floor was built of used wood connected with steel angles.

Step 3: Details

some details of the construction:

- the construction had to be a bit lower than the enclosure of the rooftop light to ensure that it's all the same height when the floor boards are added.

- the feet of the construction stand on a layer of corc to protect the roof of the shop.

Step 4: Material

now i was able to calculate the material needed for the rest of the terrace. since the place is not exposed to heavy winds i decided to make everything as light as possible.

Step 5: Roof Construction

the idea was to build a roof and set it up afterwards for easier adjustment of the roof angle. this is the construction done with wood of 24x48 mm.

Step 6: Setting Up the Roof

here you can see the completed roof construction leaned against the wall. in the second pic it is already lifted up and the "feet" are mounted.

Step 7: Mounting mounting the "feet" to the bottom-construction...

Step 8: Floor

... adding the floor...

Step 9: Roof

... and closing the roof with some plastic stuff. piece by piece is screwed on the wood. of course always ordered in a way that rain can't get in (slide the lower under the top one).

Step 10: Heaven

that's it. now i can lie on my new terrace and watch heaven...

what is left is to secure everything that my little son won't fall down.

(p.s.: sorry for my bad english)



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    18 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 1

    Good Job! I like that the roof is clear so you can see the stars.


    nice project, carkat. i've done something similar in my backyard and i had two problems: 1: as many others said, wind: we always design constructions without considering a possible force that is opposite to gravity (in this case wind), but in this case, as you said, the place is protected.
    the otther thing is hail. a hailstorm can ruin your pvc or ppc roof (that's what happened to my project, hehe) i solve that placing a net over my roof and it looks like sh*** ha ah.
    greetings from argentina.

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    carkatmichel moltrum

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    hm, yes. i didn't think of that because this is quite rare here... but it happens from time to time... mmm... have to think over a solution.. thanks!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I can't see that this is anchored anywhere - it will just take-off with the slightest breeze.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    theoretically yes, but as i wrote in step 4 the place is not exposed to heavy winds. we already had a few quite windy days but the construction didn't make the slightest move.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! I made a huge aluminum terrace (actually its more of a 3 season porch) and I'm going to be making another one so this is helpful.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    hehe, yeah... actually i'm thinking of "bending" the roof slightly with steel cables to improve stability (in case there is some snow in the winter).