This custom roof deck in NYC’s Flatiron District features a built-in pergola, benches with storage under the seats, and planters all made out of ipe (pronounced e-pay), a hardwood with a 30-year life expectancy. Pergolas can help define a space, add some drama and a focal point, as well as create a sense of intimacy within the space. We can design the tops of the pergolas to have small or wide openings between the boards, depending on how much sunlight you want to let in. Retractable awnings, blinds, or curtains can also be added to the pergola for more shade. We kept the plantings of ornamental grasses and pink vinca flowers low to help keep the stellar views open.
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