Building a Roof Deck


We’re building a roof deck on this rowhouse in Washington, D.C. It’s located in the H Street Corridor neighborhood. Here is the latest image with the new door accessed by stairs from the third level.

Want to see how we got here? Scroll down to see the 19 steps to this stage. We can’t wait to finish the project so the homeowners can enjoy the deck this summer!

STEP 1 - Before photo of the roof
STEP 2 - Design of the deck and access structure
STEP 3 - We used a crane to bring the wood and materials to the roof
STEP 4 - Framing the structure that will provide access to the roof deck with stairs from the home's third floor
STEP 5 - Finalizing the framing and prepping for roofing materials
STEP 6 - A good ice and water barrier is very important for the roof of this structure!
STEP 7 - The sides of the structure are now covered with Tyvek house wrap and ready for the siding installation
STEP 8 - We're also building a lower deck
STEP 9 - Framing the sides of the deck structure
STEP 10 - Installing plywood over the framed side walls of the deck
STEP 11 - Installing windows in the stair structure
STEP 12 - The fiber cement James Hardie siding installed on the roof structure
STEP 13 - The fiber cement James Hardie siding installed around the windows
STEP 14 - Installing drywall on the interior of the stairway to the roof
STEP 15 - Finishing the interior stairwell
STEP 16 - Standing seam metal roof for the deck structure
STEP 17 - Deck walls are being covered with fiber cement panels
STEP 18 - Building interior stairs to the roof
STEPS 19 THROUGH...INFINITY - For the clients to enjoy the results!

You can learn more and view more photos of the completed project here