Nate & Michelle’s Greenpoint Roof Deck


Nate & Michelle had just about finished settling into their Greenpoint condo last spring, when it came time for the new homeowners to tackle their unfinished roof deck with its killer skyline views. The couple, both creative professionals in advertising, posted on Sweeten to find someone who could help convert the derelict roof into an extension of their home — an outdoor room with comfortable seating and plants to soften up the space. We introduced them to a few matches, and before long, they awarded their project to Sweeten member Hutson Landscape, owned by Corey Hutson, whose expertise in landscape design & construction was a perfect fit. When we stopped by to see how the project turned out, Nate, Michelle, and their bouncy labradoodle, “Kid,” were setting up to host some friends on their renovated roof.


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In just 2 months, Corey and his team were able to turn the bleak roof space into a polished outdoor room. The homeowners selected plantings based on Corey’s recommendations: lavender & feather reed grass to line the perimeter, and a Japanese Maple tree to frame the skyline view. The tall feather reed grass is nice for adding a little privacy, and when the wind blows, Michelle says, “it sounds like palm trees,” which she loves.

The homeowners also told us that Corey suggested bringing a water line up to their roof so that they’d have easy access for watering the plantings and keeping Kid’s bowl full — something they never would have thought of themselves.



To furnish, Nate & Michelle selected a pair of outdoor sofas and matching side tables from Room & Board, and to extend their use of the space into the fall, they also purchased a fire pit that converts to a coffee table when covered (not pictured). The setup is perfect for transitioning from lounging in the sun with a book, to hosting a party; Kid is also more than content, with plenty of space to play tug-of-war (and lots of cushions to warm as well).


“Jealousy. Envy. Disbelief.” are the reactions Michelle has gotten from her friends — maybe someone should tell them about Sweeten?! Congrats and many thanks to Nate, Michelle & Kid, too!

And don’t forget, if you have a kid, of your own, enter to win our Home School #7 giveaway, a Growing Up with Design package worth over $2100!

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