My Great Outdoors: Matt's Manhattan Roof Deck

My Great Outdoors: Matt's Manhattan Roof Deck

Aaron Able
Jun 29, 2009

Name Matt
Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Type of space: Roof Deck
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I always thought having an outdoor space in Manhattan was a real luxury. So after one visit to this small Upper West Side 1-BR apartment, it was love at the first sight! Having breakfast under the pergola, dining under the stars or just getting some sun on the top roof was not a dream anymore. Those are incredibly precious moments when you live in a large city...

How did you create it? The deck was really under used and boring (only the lower one existed anyway). We decided to renovate it (new planters, new furniture, new color palette), expand it with an upper deck and furnish it as if it was an inside space. You can see:
• the outdoor living room around a custom made (by me :-) glass coffee table (hiding an existing skylight)
• the outdoor dining room under the pergola
• the (small) outdoor kitchen with BBQ and breakfast bar
• the outdoor lounging room on the upper deck.

The most difficult part was to find ways to hide venting pipes, fans, AC units and skylight. Maybe our dear Apartment Therapy fans can try to find out where all those unaesthetic elements are hidden.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? We highly recommend Jamali Garden for planters, SynLawn for artificial turf and the usual suspects (Crate and Barrel, CB2, Restoration Hardware, Smith and Hawken).

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