This hip young family was looking to have their creativity expressed in their roof top outdoor entertaining area. They wanted sleek lines, selective materials, and a neutral palette with pops of color.
We started by removing the pre-existing orange-stained deck. In its place, we installed mixed 1’ x 4’ and 2’ x 2’ porcelain pavers on a pedestal system. The pattern created reinforced the linear nature of the design. A painted cedar pergola was constructed with retractable shades to provide protection from the sun elements as well as privacy. Varying widths of oiled Ipe (a hardwood) create a visually interesting screen at the south end of the deck to mimic detailing on house. The custom built containers show an extra attention to detail: the containers to appear to be floating due to the low toe-kick, and no corner boards were installed so the horizontal lines wrapped each container. Along the dining table, a built-in banquette bench was designed to conserve space. The custom built outdoor kitchen continued the horizontal Ipe slats to match the screens/planters and included a built-in grill, space for an outdoor refrigerator, a drop in sink, and storage.
The planting palette was designed to be green and structural. We used a silvery green Lamb’s Ear, chartreuse Bowles Sedge, and green Boxwood. The specimen cloud topiary, Dwarf eastern white pine, boxwood are independently interesting.
Having the ability to build many of the elements off-site and load them on to the roof with a crane, we were able to reduce construction dust and debris. We were also able to have time savings in the labor to load in everything up by hand.