Contemporary Roof Terrace

City gardener Matt James transforms a boring balcony into a modern rooftop terrace.

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After: Now a great place to entertain friends, this once-dull concrete pad features the beautiful organic lines and colors of ipe decking. Ipe lumber is almost twice as dense as most woods and naturally resistant to rot, mold, termites, abrasion and weather.

Roof gardens are a tremendous way of maximizing urban outdoor spaces. One of the primary things to consider is the added weight, and that includes containers. Terra-cotta and terrazzo pots can be very heavy and, with the soil inside, especially when it's wet, can put pressure on your roof. One solution is to use lightweight polyfiber pots. An additional advantage to using these pots is that from a design point of view they're chunky, stylish and contemporary and suit the space perfectly.