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Roof gardens used to be the haunts of millionaires with penthouse suites, but 21st century living has driven many of us to adapt our unused spaces to get our own hits of outdoor living. With small tweaks and adaptations, thousands of homes around the country now have the benefit of roof gardens and terraces – meaning a new challenge has been arriving on our doorsteps.

Roof garden design is very similar to urban gardens, small gardens and courtyard gardens – but with one spectacular difference. Nobody else can see your garden. There might be a few attic rooms or tower blocks that overlook your roof garden, but principally it’s an oasis of seclusion where you can let your imagination run wild. Space is almost always at a premium, so the application of clever garden design coupled with the taste and style of the client; has always been an exciting process.

The increasing popularity of roof gardens, particularly in busy urban landscapes, has given people the chance to open up their roof to become their outdoor space. Deprived of the chance for any ground level gardens, roof gardens allow a real extension of the home and always add the wow factor to any property. As the perfect marriage between a sound financial investment to increase the value of a property and the chance to indulge in some truly secluded outdoor space – roof garden owners are incredibly lucky individuals.

Besides the obvious attraction, roof gardens are ecologically beneficial to the lifestyles of those fortunate enough to have them. Amongst the raft of benefits, roof gardens present the opportunity to incorporate a ‘green roof.’ This modern ideal, often called a ‘living roof’, involves partial or complete coverage of the roof space with vegetation. The benefits include:

Increase biodiversity

Increase soundproofing of a building

Increase the energy efficiency

Improve air quality around the home

Maintain better levels of heating and cooling

Storm water management and water recycling

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