Turning a terrace into a garden: tips and suggestions for furnishing an open space

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A city terrace can effectively become an extra room in the house outdoors. A place where you can relax and spend time, setting up a personal garden space to become the green heart of the home.

What are the design rules for turning a terrace into a garden?

When designing a terrace garden, a number of fundamental elements must be taken into account: the proportions of the space, the layout, the intended use, and the choice of style in relation to the technological performance of the selected materials.

 

How to furnish a terrace: a solarium with pergolas, a rooftop garden and a vegetable garden on the terrace

A terrace offers a fabulous view of the surrounding urban space and, with the right arrangements, can become an extra outdoor room. 

This space can be transformed into a garden through the targeted selection of outdoor furniture such as matching dining table sets, armchairs and sofas for lounge areas, sun loungers and sunbathing facilities. If you also want to use the terrace in the evening, it is crucial to carefully arrange light fittings for night vision.

  • A terrace with a solarium

When designing the green space in a solarium, you can opt for decorative potted plants or large planters for flowers, trees and shrubs to mark out the area for sunbathing and relaxation, preferably with perimeter grillage to increase privacy. Pergolas can also be integrated in the project: be careful with permanent ones since they require specific permits depending on the individual municipality.

  • Rooftop garden

A rooftop garden requires a water drainage system and an effective irrigation system to make the garden space usable and pleasant. The advantages? Sound insulation, improved air quality and thermal insulation.

  • Rooftop vegetable garden

A solution for zero-kilometre vegetables and herbs, as well as a place for outdoor activities that are unusual for urban areas. The creation of a vegetable garden on the roof – once the load-bearing capacity of the floor below has been assessed – can transform a terrace into an energy-saving and healing place.