The couple has several pets and wanted Aiken to make the space safe and comfortable for their cat in particular. She built walls up and around the patio to ensure that the cat won’t be able to get onto the surrounding roofs.
Existing fencing was redone and repainted to blend with the new palette. New low-voltage LED lighting was installed for evening entertaining. Aiken also added a slatted wall at the end for privacy.
The seating area takes up the largest, sunniest spot on the terrace. Aiken used light gray Sunbrella cushions for the resin furniture, Sunbrella Kravet fabric for the pillows and an indoor-outdoor rug for warmth. “The cats and dogs have full run of the terrace,” says Aiken. “You can just hose it down when it gets dirty.”
Covering an existing slanted roof in ipe wood added a modern touch. To keep the slanted area from feeling awkward on its own, Aiken installed a separate ipe-clad sink and storage area to accompany an outdoor grill across the terrace. The ipe wood is easy to maintain (it just needs occasional oiling), is long lasting and has a rich, warm look.
Aiken had the color of the existing cedar on the pergola and patio flooring matched to the ipe and hand painted to look like a single type of wood was used.Aiken had the color of the existing cedar on the pergola and patio flooring matched to the ipe and hand painted to look like a single type of wood was used.
Initially the clients wanted only a grill, but Aiken knew they’d need storage, prep and clean-up space too. “The rooftop is four floors up,” she says. “If you forget something, it’s a long way up and down again. So everything had to be kept there as much as possible.” The stainless steel counter, which cost around $2,000, tops storage for dishes and a mini fridge.
The kitchen takes up the narrowest spot on the terrace. Aiken broke up the space, placing the grill on one wall and the sink on the other, to balance the layout.
A small bistro table seats four at the other end of the terrace. The teak table, stools and lounge chairs are all relatively lightweight and easy to move from sunny to shady spots.