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HOMEARAMA® Highlight: Rooftop Terraces You’ll Love

With knockout views to capture, this year’s HOMEARAMA® homes are offering lavish outdoor living spaces that will put you on top of the world. One of the highlights of the show will be rooftop terraces and balconies with river and city views.

“The rooftops are going to be amazing,” says Aurbrie Welsh of Aubrie Welsh Interiors, who worked on two HOMEARAMA homes. “With sweeping views of the river, the nightly sunsets will surely be the star of the show.”

Beyond Good Looks

The views are a big draw, but the designers, architects and builders for HOMEARAMA know that these soaring spaces need to be functional, too. Mary Cassinelli, architect working with Sterling Homes, says her design for The Berkley “has both a front and rear rooftop outdoor living space; one set up for entertaining, the other for more relaxed living.”

Entertaining is a theme you’ll discover for many of the rooftop terraces: At Wieland Builders’ home, The Millard Fillmore, “The third floor is designed for large parties,” says Mark Dierkers of Mark Dierkers Architecture. “It has a gathering room complete with a bar area and access to the exterior third-floor roof terrace.”

Perry Bush, of Perry Bush Residential Designs, is upping the game with a bit of friendly competition: The Redknot Home he designed, called The Conductor, “has an amazing outdoor kitchen that will be the envy of all our neighbors,” Bush says.

Houseguests will feel pampered at the Royal Blue, a Redknot Home designed by architect Darren Myers. “The entire uppermost floor is basically a studio apartment that can also be used for entertaining,” Myers says. “The entertaining and living space has a large bar and kitchenette. And, of course, facing the Ohio River, the large glass sliding doors at the entertaining space open onto a large terrace that is 24 feet by 20 feet.”

All About the Views

Paul Studer, who designed The Riverview for Frazier Homes, notes that his plan includes three outdoor terraces and porches. “At every level of the home the views and outdoor living spaces are part of all the activities of the home,” Studer says. “The views that can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace are the primary focus of this spacious gathering spot.”

When you visit the Bella Vista home by Sterling Homes, look for the third-floor terrace, which designer Mike Wentz calls “a gem.” Separated from the main living areas of the house, the space is a retreat. “It will provide a private, quiet place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine while taking in both river and city views,” Wentz says.

Rooftop Terraces You Won’t Want to Miss

The HOMEARAMA show is open until 9 p.m., giving you plenty of time to take in the sunset and see the city lights in the distance. Many of the terraces feature outdoor fire pits or fireplaces so visitors can stay cozy during the chilly fall evenings. Don’t miss your chance to live the high life!