The Ultimate Roof Deck: San Francisco Fire Pit Lounge & Outdoor Kitchen

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A Party-Friendly Roof Deck, San Francisco Style

When a family of four bought this historic Marina Boulevard home, they saw great potential to transform the empty rooftop into an outdoor entertaining lounge including deluxe outdoor kitchen, dining area and fire pit.

In partnership with Ohashi Design Studio, we worked to solve three main challenges: privacy, waterproofing and historic preservation. Find out how we used progressive building techniques to create a private master suite and party-friendly sitting room for this 1,200 square foot roof deck. San Francisco’s cityscape offers a stunning view from the top.


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Roof Deck Design: Weatherproof Outdoor Kitchen

The custom sink, mini fridge, storage drawers and grills are all stainless steel for maximum rust resistance. And the sealed concrete countertop? It’s sloped ever so slightly to encourage water runoff. Strategically placed LED step lights guide the way without obscuring the night sky.

How We Did It: Smart Waterproofing

What you don’t see in this deluxe entertaining space is the waterproofing that holds it all together. Pedestals hold up ceramic pavers over a sloped rooftop, allowing efficient water drainage and convenient maintenance. A hidden liquid-applied membrane protects the living space below. (Read more about waterproofing your deck renovation here).


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The Outdoor Dinner Party

This outdoor kitchen is set a few steps below the dining area for an Asian-inspired serving style. The Bento fire pit and lights are all on remote control for convenient adjusting, and the island countertop matches the kitchen’s easy-to-clean sealed concrete.

How We Did It: Fire-Safe Materials

We ran a dedicated gas line just for the outdoor fire pit. Because the deck is over 500 square feet, city code requires non-combustible decking materials: these porcelain pavers are both beautiful and fire-safe.


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Upper Terrace for Enjoying Fireworks & Marina View

The upper deck is perfect for catching 4th of July fireworks, Fleet Week or boating races. The best part? Clever roof deck design makes it nearly invisible from street level.

“The city didn’t want this modern deck to affect the neighborhood’s historic character,” explains project architect Kelly Manning. “We pulled the whole deck back far enough that it’s hardly visible from the street.”


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Deck Renovation: A Thoughtful Pass-Through

This space (once inaccessible) now serves as a dramatic pass-through from deck to master bedroom. Notice the ceiling? Vertical grain cedar is durable enough for some outdoor exposure and will age nicely.

Throughout the deck, walkable skylights let a flood of natural light into the rooms below.


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How to Build a Roof Deck: San Francisco Guidelines & Budgeting

This is our largest roof deck remodel, but not our first. Read How to Budget a Roof Deck and Done Right: Roof Decks Built to Last to learn what goes into these deluxe outdoor living spaces.

See the whole project portfolio here.

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    • Tomasz
      2 years ago - Reply

      Stunning! Can’t wait to see the gorgeous diinng room and you and Lisha and Tristan and, well everyone at KC. Love the new blog and format. Cheers and Happy New Year to all! Joy