Sunday, March 20, 2016

Just In Time For Spring

 The roof deck has been a huge project, taking a couple of weeks to complete, but I can happily say that it is 99% done--just in time for spring.
The first step was to determine which plants would give the most privacy.  
After traipsing around the wholesale nursery with Martin and Jesus, I ended up choosing Thuja bushes for their height and deciduous quality.
Here they are in my courtyard--all 26 of them!

Getting them up on the roof was quite a task.  
They were one by one hoisted up with a rope and pulley system devised by Martin.

All the trees and all the bags of soil.  
In the pouring down rain! 

I love how they look in the planters, all lined up.

No they don't give complete privacy, but they offer greenery which is seriously lacking in the City.

After the trees were planted, the furniture had to be hoisted up next.
Martin came up with a plan to get the heavy wicker furniture on the deck.

I could barely watch!
It took four men.  Two down below and two on the roof to lift the sofa.

I question a little my decision to reuse the old wicker sofa and chairs.  After all, once the furniture is on the deck, it will probably be there forever!
A more modern look would be a sectional on the deck, but after a year of remodeling this house and hemorrhaging cash, I will make the old furniture work.

The wicker will get a fresh coat of paint and maybe new cushions down the road.
(See its transformation a few years ago, using Rustoleum spray paint here.)

Oscar loves being on the deck!

And so does Bear.
I'm really excited to have a new place to hang out too!
Stay tuned for the official roof deck reveal.

Wishing you all a happy Spring!

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Sarah said...

Delores, this is going to be a wonderful space. I'd be out there every morning with my coffee and probably in the afternoon with a good book, and again in the evening for a cocktail. Beautiful space!

Lori E said...

Looking good so far. I am sure there will be many wonderful evenings spent out there.

sheilaa131 said...

What a special place to relax...nice to see how your home is coming along.

Thehouseofhampton said...

It looks amazing. Thank you for being honest about hemorrhaging cash. I'm remodeling, and it's not as fast as I'd like. It helps to here that because frankly, you make it look so easy! 👍 I have enjoyed your blog for years.

Sheila @ Maison de Cinq said...

Wow, what a project Delores! But it is really taking shape - I bet you have wonderful views up there! I love those trees and it is looking good!


Ron said...

I absolutely LOVE it so far. I cannot wait to see the entire reveal.

Suzanne said...

It's looking so pretty! A couple of years ago, we needed new covers for our screen porch furniture, also black wicker. I simply went on your website, found the exact color you'd used, and ordered it. The seamstress kept saying "But don't you want a swatch at least?" Nope. No swatch. It was the perfect shade of green, just as I knew it would be. Glad your beautiful home is coming together.

Charlotte said...

I believe you meant Thuja rather than Thulia. This might help other readers who are contemplating using them.
A Gardener

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Looking wonderful!

Susan S said...

Oh, a city oasis! What a transformation—so pretty! I think your sweet pooches have given it the thumbs up!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow that looks fabulous! I love the creative way they got the shrubs and furniture up there. Reminds me of old time pictures of someone hoisting a piano up to an apartment in the city. I would have been nervous too but he has obviously done this before since he pulled it off so well!

Sammy said...

I love it! And the green with black is really pretty.

Unknown said...

I've been wondering what was happening at Casa de Arabian! The deck looks amazing!

Karen T. said...

I can understand you wanting the sectional, but actually I really like the wicker sofa and chairs! A whole lot! Also, I love the Thuja bushes.

Courtney said...

I just love it, and I know you will too. I look forward to all your posts, and just signed up for email notifications. Thank you.

cindy hattersley design said...

It looks wonderful!

cindy hattersley design said...

What a fabulous spot! Great choice with the trees!

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