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.



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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  • Mildred Bern

    Thanks for sending me the results of Sweeten’s work. I very much enjoy the transformations. Mildred

  • Jumping

    How did they deal with the floor/ roof?

  • Susan

    Where Are the black planters from?


  • Reduno

    I like the idea I have space on my back garden need this planning ..
    nice work. ? Love it

  • g

    As an owner with a terrace, I hope they have thought about the WIND that comes with the roof. Better have a place to put away those cushions and small table during storms and the unplanned weather changes of NYC. That furniture looks pretty light, I’ve replaced mine with heavy steel or solid wood… Just saying from experience!

  • Peter

    Could you please provide the information on the deck tiles.

    We have a similar deck and have been trying to find a similar product.

    Thanks so much

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  • mbr

    are those concrete pavers or rubber pavers to redo the flooring of the roof?

  • Juan

    Good job!

    But! If my project, I would have done a totally different floor plan layout for this deck.

    For example, If possible, I´d have made the door open the other way around, (to save precious space and to take advantage of the great greenpoint views) and would have choose/pick other type of furniture (like an outdoor wood chaise lounge for one side of the door) and place them facing towards the skyline… also I would have added a retractable awning (among others) for sun and ligth rain protection, specilly if “KID” likes to hang around out there…

    But! that is just my personal taste! Cheers!