“This open rooftop patio gets full sun. The challenge was to create a functional and child-safe outdoor living space that blended with the design aesthetic of the owners and the surrounding architecture while providing privacy from the views of the common courtyard.”
This rooftop patio began as a not so functional space with no furniture and few features beyond the paving stones and some plant life. There was also no privacy for the owners as they could see clear across to the public courtyard whenever they sat outside. The clients wanted to create a comfortable and private space for their family to enjoy using the natural elements that they were most drawn to: reclaimed wood, metal and concrete. The couple are passionate about design and wanted to use locally made, natural and reclaimed materials wherever possible.
The concrete cube planters were fashioned by Szolyd. We also used raw steel cubes to house edible herbs that thrived in the summer months from the warmth of the metal containers. White fiberglass planters were planted with bamboo to provide a natural privacy screen from the nearby common courtyard. We kept the existing strawberry and raspberry plants as they were a favorite treat of the couple’s young daughter.
We chose comfortable, deep-seated bench furniture to lounge in covered by a tilting umbrella that provides shade at any time of the day. The clients also added their own reclaimed wood table made from shipping containers as a finishing touch.
The custom made nickel water feature was something that the couple had originally seen in Restoration Hardware. We were able to fabricate one in dimensions that were better suited to their patio layout for the same price point with the added benefit of being locally made.