Published at Tuesday, April 09th, 2019 - 11:52:04 AM. Home Decoration. By Adaliz Lorenz.
More attention is being paid to using all outdoor areas, including urban rooftops. But working on outdoor spaces that are high up adds additional challenges. Make sure your clients consult a structural engineer to determine how much furniture, decking, and soil a terrace, balcony, or roof can support and how to transport those items up top. Where an elevator may not be large enough, a crane is required, which increases costs, says landscape architect Marc Nissim, owner of the Harmony Design Group in Westfield, N.J. Landscape designer Amber Freda, whose eponymous firm is based in New York, helped clients with a garden in that citys West Village neighborhood where restrictions limited them to 35 pounds per square foot. The building also didnt have an elevator. Her solution: lightweight potting soil and custom red cedar planters.
Local weather conditions may dictate certain precautions as well. Furniture may need to be bolted down so it doesnt fly away with strong wind gusts. Flooring needs to be durable to withstand the elements. Nissim likes ipe planks, a dense wood decking material that snaps together and doesnt require repainting. Theres also less costly porcelain pavers that are hard and durable yet not as heavy as paving stones. A good irrigation system should be available since water tends to evaporate faster up high versus on the ground. “Look at what grows well on a mountain and thats often the best solution for a rooftop or high garden,” says Freda.
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