case studies

Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

This Brooklyn Heights townhouse got the full outdoor renovation treatment that included a new patio, custom built in cedar seating and planters, an outdoor kitchen with soapstone counters and a cozy raised seating area/deck under a fifty year old dogwood tree. We kept some of the mature plantings and layered in lots of new perennials and larger pieces to complete the look.

Upper West Side Townhouse

Wrap around ipe fencing and custom ipe planters along with the bespoke pergola create a lush outdoor room framed by floor to ceiling glass windows and doors, blurring the lines between indoors and out. Limelight hydrangeas, Japanese maples, laurels, azaleas and heucheras anchor this shade tolerant plant palette.

SoHo Terrace

When she’s not running her own company, this client practices yoga and eats meals with her kids out here. A fully automated irrigation system keeps all the plants cared for during frequent trips and vacations so she never need worry. Seasonal plantings provide touches of color and additional interest throughout the year, so there’s something new for each season.

Long Island City Terrace

This young family wanted to create an outdoor room they could enjoy year round as much as possible. The design challenge here were upstairs neighbors whose cigarette butts made their way down onto this terrace, making it a problematic play area for the couple’s 2-year old daughter. The solution was building a custom sloped pergola with planters to anchor it, and including a clear, reinforced roof that could be hosed down to remove debris. Lighting, plantings and furniture complete the space as an outdoor living room.

East Village Terrace

This young couple loves to entertain, so plenty of seating and a large communal table was a must. The plantings were designed to be all green and all about the grasses for a relaxed, beachy feel.

Lenox Hill Hospital Rooftop

This fourth-floor rooftop space in the heart of the Upper East Side provides a respite for the hospital’s staff to recharge and relax. Most of the plants selected for this space are edible, so there are herbs, fruit, and leafy greens available for staff and used for cooking classes. Workshops, meetings, yoga and wellness classes can all happen out here in the great outdoors right in the middle of NYC. Watch this Inspiring video of the daily 7pm cheer for health care workers during April 2020 that took place here.

Gramercy Townhouse Backyard

City retreat for two artists and their family. We kept some of the original touches like the brick and went for bold plantings and the tallest ivy we could find to make this feel like a verdant secret garden. The landscape lighting is magical at night.

Park Slope Townhouse Backyard

When this Park Slope family isn’t sailing around the world, they can unwind in their fully renovated outdoor space. The centerpiece of this garden is a modern hedge that acts as part privacy screen, part green oasis. The stand alone structure in the rear attractively stores the family’s sailing equipment in between trips.