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Photo By: Megan Martin; Design By: Elizabeth S. Vaughan, In-Site Interior Design, Inc.
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Urban Rooftop Kitchen and Living Area
A contemporary outdoor living space uses glass walls so as not to ubstruct the urban landscape. A contemporary sectional is used for seating, while the outdoor kitchen area has a grill and bar area for dining.
Small Urban Courtyard with Water Feature and Orange Accessories
Play off the color of a dominant feature to make your accessory purchases worth every dollar. In this Atlanta courtyard, Cultivators Design and Landscape chose orange accessories since they match the color of the fountain cube and don't detract from the water feature.
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.
Urban Patio With Wood Privacy Fence and Dark Brown Wicker Sectional
Rather than pay to remove the unsightly metal fence from her Chicago apartment patio, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs covered it up with stained and pressure-treated lumber. The horizontal panels create privacy that the pre-existing metal fence didn’t offer. Red chairs provide a fun pop of color against the brown and gray tones of the patio.
The contained nature of a small urban courtyard gives you a huge opportunity to bring in a cool feature. Cultivators Design and Landscape purchased the orange container and retro-fitted a fountain around it for a custom industrial fountain. A fountain also can be cheaper than a waterfall. You can re-create the look as a DIY project using a garden pot you already own or hunting at yard sales.
Barefoot in the Park: Added Square Footage With a Rooftop Lawn
The owners of this New York penthouse apartment added overall square footage to their home by creating a rooftop entertaining spot. The concrete planter houses low maintenance shrubs and the synthetic turf feels great on bare feet.
This outdoor space makes use of multiple levels to create areas for relaxing, entertaining and playing. Up top, a cafe table sits on the tile patio. Down below, a basketball hoop awaits the weekend game.
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.
On this penthouse-level roof deck, take in remarkable views of Chicago including Willis Tower. Planter boxes line the perimeter showcasing ornamental grasses. Hand-woven resin furniture and a fibercast fire table make for a cozy outdoor space on warm or chilly evenings.
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.
Small Urban Courtyard with Fence, Bamboo, Sedum, Fountain and Outdoor Furniture
With small spaces, sometimes the sky is the limit. "Add verticality. Small spaces need an element to draw your eye up," says Derrick Lepard, founder of Cultivators Design and Landscape. When you add height, such as bamboo in a container in this Atlanta courtyard, you don't need to spend money on plants to fill every space across the fence or wall.