Boston Framers Builds Rooftop Deck for 200-year-old Home

Rooftop Deck build on third floor of Historical House in Walpole MA

When Jennifer Rogala bought her condo in Walpole, MA, it included a 16’x16’ flat rubber roof with a beautiful view of the property.


But the third-floor space lacked railings which created a safety risk.


She hoped to address the safety issue while also converting the space into a rooftop deck.

Jennifer Rogala


Walpole, MA



• 200-year-old historical residence.
• Narrow access to get to the building site.
• Deck design required approval from town and neighbors.


• Replace rubber roof.
• Install TimberTech decking.


• Structurally sound rooftop deck.
• Design that matched 1800’s exterior.
• Provided privacy without sacrificing style.

“Building a rooftop deck on a 200-year-old house needed to ensure the sturdiness of the historical structure while also keeping the design in line with the exterior 1800’s style. Boston Framers delivered on every aspect. My deck is a gorgeous outdoor space with a view. I couldn’t be happier.”

Working with Boston Framers, Jennifer built a 16’x16’ rooftop deck on the third floor of her condo.


The construction included replacing the rubber roof, gutters, constructing a sturdy deck frame, installing TimberTech decking and railings, plus privacy walls.

Addressing Safety and Style with Rooftop Deck

The condo was constructed inside a historical house built in 1830.


A door on the third floor led to a flat rubber roof with no railings.


There was nothing to keep a pet or a person from falling over the side.


She needed to address the safety issue, but also wanted to make the 16’x16’ space useable.


It was the perfect spot for a rooftop deck, but she was concerned about the structure’s ability to hold the weight of a deck.


A rooftop deck has additional safety concerns than a lawn deck.


Jennifer needed an expert deck builder—specifically one who had experience with rooftop decks.


Why She Chose Boston Framers?

Boston Framers’ website had photos of rooftop decks built overlooking the city of Boston.


So, she figured if they could build a deck on top of a brownstone in Boston, then they could handle a rooftop deck in a less populated suburban area.


Solid and Reliable Construction Project Management

Boston Framers managed every stage of the project from developing a design to choosing materials.


We also handled all the coordination with the architect, structural engineer, roofers, deck builders, and the town building inspector.


We also had examples of roofs his team had built that had the traditional style she wanted.


We helped her choose beautiful grey decking and white railings that were easily approved by the homeowner’s association.

Rubber Roof prior to Rooftop Deck Construction near Boston MA

Before Photo

Rubber roof was replaced before framing the rooftop deck.

Rooftop Deck After Construction near Boston MA

After Photo

Final construction of rooftop deck with TimberTech materials, safety railings, and privacy walls.

"The building inspector told me I was the third owner who attempted to build a rooftop deck here. The other two owners gave up. Third time’s a charm. Boston Framers made it happen."

The Finished Rooftop Deck

Jennifer’s rooftop deck is sturdy, safe, and low maintenance.


It’s a beautiful space to entertain or just have coffee in the morning.


Her neighbors were also happy with the design and how it kept with the 1800’s style of the building’s exterior.

Boston Framers brings your home renovation ideas to life.

We’ll help you create a beautiful space that will increase the value of your home without breaking your budget.

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House Renovations - Boston Framers

Ruy C. Barbosa

General Contractor

154 E Central St.

Natick MA 01760

CSL# 196308

House Renovations - Boston Framers

Ruy C. Barbosa

General Contractor

154 E Central St.

Natick MA 01760

CSL# 196308