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Photo By: Tom Crane Photography; Design By: Barbara Eberlein, ASID, Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd
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New York City Rooftop Terrace
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
Brick Urban Home Exterior With Black Iron Rail Balcony Over Concrete Ground Level Porch
Black framework creates a beautiful contemporary look over the neutral stucco and brick of this home exterior. A spacious and relaxing balcony acts as a cover over the ground level porch creating open and covered outdoor sitting space. A line of shrubbery borders the sidewalk to mark the home perimeter.
Urban Patio With Dining Area and Hot Tub Featuring Brick Red Fabrics and Colorful Plants
In the backyard of a garden apartment, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan worked to add personality, using items that are easy to take along in a move. “Clients love when we add garden oddities like the bronze rabbit lantern on the steps,” she says. Note, also, the varied container plantings and color-coordinated chair cushions and umbrella.
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”
Stepped wooden planters and a mix of grasses, boxwoods and evergreens make this urban deck feel lush and layered. The contemporary architecture and two-toned decking add visual interest, while the landscaping adds height and privacy to the outdoor space.
This chic outdoor space uses low-maintenance plants to create a small garden area. Bright yellow outdoor pillows and metal chairs add bold color to the space for a casual sitting area, and a wood wall adds privacy to this New York city hideaway.
Rooftop Deck With Large Cantilever Umbrellas Over Neutral Cushion Furniture and Patterned Floor
“To create this peaceful retreat above bustling Center City Philadelphia, we selected natural materials and finishes to bring softness and comfort to what had been a barren rooftop,” says designer Barbara Eberlein. “Teak furniture does not need to be stored indoors during the winter,” she notes, and “direct sunlight is mitigated with enormous cantilever umbrellas.” Get the same effect in your own city sanctuary with a single umbrella and a cushy all-weather armchair.
Outdoor living doesn't get more extraordinary than this: The penthouse comes complete with two massive, landscaped and irrigated terraces that offer panoramic views north, south, east and west with large entertaining spaces and a one-of-a-kind elevated planter system.
The garden is 22 feet below street level and looked like a massive bunker because of cement walls. The designers did not cover or paint the cement walls and added polished concrete planters to refine the outdoor space. Semi-evergreen bamboo and English Ivy cover some of the space.
Set under pergolas for shade, this contemporary outdoor deck is a getaway in the city. Comfortable seating areas, from the bed swing to the contemporary sofas and lounge chairs, all center around the stacked stone fireplace.