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d*s reader thaniya needs our help! here are the details:

"hi grace! i finally have a project i'm actually working on (as oppose to drooling over everyone else's) i'm wondering if you and the sponge community can help out. i have this fantastic 550 sqft rooftop patio that i've been meaning to do something cool to it. i'm not a big fan of the run-the-mill sears patio furnitures, but i can't exactly afford a lot either (unfortunately).. recently a friend pointed me to a free 3D rendering tool that is super easy to use from google so i decided to take a stab at it. below are 2 (of many) options im considering. since it is a patio, weight of materials were a big consideration. also, being from NYC i don't exactly know a lot about plants/trees. i want to see which of the 2 people feel is going to be better/nicer and if there are any recommendation on what else i can do with the space. the first one (a) uses: artificial grass, 2 big dogwood trees and white fiberglass planters with a sandblast cement-like finish. the second option (b) uses: a custom wood structure that serves as planter, bench and wall and 1 big dogwood tree."
so, what do you guys think? weigh in and if you have any other ideas, let thaniya know below!

garden 2



Anonymous Laura said...

Domino magazine has a great article this month about landscaping an outdoor patio.

I would pick any option without artificial grass.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Sexy Lexi said...

I like option B the best. The wood and stone pavers are more natural materials and will give your patio a more comfortable feel.

And as a landscape architect who's been using Sketchup for a while I applaud your models--they look GREAT!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like option B better :)

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Gayle said...

Option B, natural all the way!

11:05 AM  
Blogger grounded101 said...

I like option B as well. Primarily for the cost savings and flexibility it gives you because of the built-in bench.

If you like entertaining:

Think about using the built-in bench as part of your dining table seating. It'll save you the cost of at least 2 chairs.

You can also use the bench as part of a "living room" concept. Buy outdoor seat cushions to turn it into a built-in sofa, then add 2 outdoor club chairs and a coffee table (instead of the sunloungers). Then you'll have more inviting seating for entertaining. Sunloungers are nice for taking a nap or reading but most guests feel uncomfortable sitting on them and usually end up perching on the ends or sides.

One last thing, you can design the bench seat to open up so you can have storage for your garden tools, cushions, etc.

Love your renderings! Sounds like a fun project.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dogwood might not be the best choice for a tree, they tend to like shade and might get fried in the summer surrounded by concrete and in a container. You might want to think about a variety of grasses, they are low-maintenance, drought tolerant and have a nice struture in the winter. Or bamboo looks great in containers...

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like option b also.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Benoit said...

I would research into green roofs which might gives you one, a rocking rooftop and also make you save on heating bills. SketchUp rocks. I would go for option C, real grass, bamboo furniture and some suspended plants from the wall, a couple of trees here and there.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely option B

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

option B, as the fake grass just looks bad and it holds water after the rain. the layout in b looks much more comfortable.

have you looked at the outdoor furniture at westelm? there is a lot of great furniture and even wood patio squares, which are really beautiful.

good luck! i'm jealous!

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too, option B
Great models in Sketchup, you're a natural. I was going to point D*S readers there, but you beat me to it.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous dominique browning said...

I wouldn't put a dogwood in a planter; it won't be happy. you might consider evergreen, that gives you something to look at in the winter when you can't use your terrace...

10:03 PM  
Anonymous thaniya said...

thanks everyone! i'm now exploring grass bushes, bamboo, and a few other trees (non dogwood) for varieties.. bamboo is looking quite promising - there is a local nursery in NJ that looks pretty good. too bad real grass is not a viable option (weight of dirt and possible roof damage) :-(

the chaise lounges from west elm just came in yesterday. thanks for the tip! they look fantastic, but the cushion durability is questionable.

1:10 PM  

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