There’s a lot of rooftop in New York City. I’ve been told by my partner Charles Menifee that it’s the most abundant property for development in Manhattan. This is probably the case–I’ve got no reason at all not to believe it. Elsewhere throughout the world the land crunch is tight in the biggest cities, and the people who live in urban settings are increasingly seeking to maximize the value of their available space.
One option is to create an outdoor setting on balconies and patios. Making the most of the available resources only makes sense in tight quarters, and a reasonable approach for property owners to take advantage of these as opportunities to further enhance their investment.
Deck tiles are a great option for the designer, builder, and owner. They are easily transported to the site, and the installation is a snap. At Specialty Lumber Solutions, we offer the Hanover(TM) leveling system to adjust for elevations between two inches and two feet, with an interlocking hidden fastening system at the corner of the tile. I can’t think of a quicker system of putting together a new patio structure.
For those who prefer a grid design, there is another way. I’ve found a very good article from Deck Builder Magazine written by Ethan Ames that incorporates a wooden grid for a different look. It’s just another alternative for builders and designers to supplement the ease of installation with a somewhat different look. I’d probably do it this way, but that’s just my personal preference. It’s worth a look.