This garage roof in Chicago pulls together a number of stylish elements to create a multi-use space appropriate for both adults and kids.

The standard garage roof doesn’t contain enough space to divide it into separate rooms or areas, but through thoughtful use of materials something similar was created. Since we wanted to screen out unsightly alley views, we constructed horizontal lattice privacy panels whose semi-open design does double duty by allowing in fresh breezes. The flooring consists of cedar beneath the dining area, Moroccan Taupe Mediterranean marble beneath the lounge and – separating the two – colorful Rio Grande river rock.

This garage roof in Chicago pulls together a number of stylish elements to create a multi-use space appropriate for both adults and kids.

The vibrant green of the planted Ore containers set on the river rock coordinates with the green cushions in both spaces, carrying the fresh green theme through the installation. Birch poles create more screening and visual interest, with upright junipers providing more softening and screening. A massive wood pergola shade structure encloses the space.

In the kids’ lounge area we installed a chalkboard for the young artists in the family. Tall “Royal Frost” birch trees anchor a corner and will fill it out in years to come. And with automatic night lighting and irrigation systems in place, this roof garden should provide years of fun and high style for this young family.

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