Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2018

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30 LC DBM a spa to the left of it, and another lounge area to the right. Around the corner from the lounge, this L-shaped terrace has an - other open space where the owners could relax and socialize with their guests. For this project, rather than use a ser - vice elevator, Vert hoisted the spa from Diamond Spas to the penthouse of the building as it was too large to fit in the elevator. To do this, Vert obtained per - mits from the NYC Department of Build- ings and Department of Transportation to close off nearby streets and raise the spa over the rooftop. Chelsea Terraces For the award-winning Chelsea proj- ect, Vert built an urban oasis on the 621-square-foot north and 543-square- foot south terraces on either side of the rooftop penthouse. The client was keen to block some views where they were overlooked with planters and plantings, but allow views of landmark surrounding buildings. These discrete outdoor 'living rooms' were designed by Gunn to maxi - mize space and allow flexible options for entertaining, dining, and relaxing. Ide - ally suited for dining and entertaining, the north terrace supports a rich mix of trees, shrubs, and climbing vines in planters made from ipe, and light - weight pots made from fiberglass. An uphol - stered ipe banquette and other furnishings separate the dining and lounge areas. The clients wanted to be able to cook on the quieter south terrace. As building codes will only allow a grill on the terrace, Vert Gardens installed an out - door kitchen with a stainless steel grill, as well as an ipe cabinetry, an icemaker, and Glacier Blue Devonian Sandstone countertops and backsplash. Across from the barbeque area, a weathered zinc foun - tain was integrated into ipe framing that resembled the planters on either side of it. The water feature was further reinforced with under plantings that blended into the rest of the planting plan on the terrace. Building management was concerned about the weight and size of the planters as the live load had to be maintained at under 100 pounds per square foot. Vert Gardens used lightweight soils (45lbs/ ft) and a drainage layer under the soil to reduce soil weights. Additionally, most of the planters didn't have paving under - neath, and were removable. The founda- tion for both terraces incorporated Basal- tina stone pavers. For all three projects, Vert Gardens built in an automatic drip irrigation system set on a timer so to make garden mainte - nance easy for clients. All the plumbing and electrical equipment was placed into the back of custom seating or cabinetry so that it's not readily visible but can still be accessed easily if needed. LC DBM Left Included on the terrace is a weathered zinc fountain with ipe wood framing. It is connected to the main irrigation system; a small tube fills the bottom of the fountain with water and then recirculates. Periodic replenishment is needed because the water eventually evapo- rates. A pump transports the water to the top and five spouts release the water. Set on an automatic timer, a spaghetti tube replenishes the fountain. The trees above are Crape Myrtle. Above This custom stainless steel spa can fit four to six people. The plumbing is separate from the terrace's irrigation system and was built to hold a total weight of 5,230 pounds of water. For safety reasons, a glass railing was added along the ipe deck. The piping equipment is underneath the steps of the ipe decking and the settings for the spa can be adjusted from a control panel. Located underneath the spa, a drainage mat collects and channels excess water into a drain hole in the terrace's foundation. This is done through the paving on a pedestal system. The spa also has a retractable cover. Above The north side of the Chelsea Terrace is 621 square feet with furnish- ings that were transported through the service elevator and built on-site, like the Central Park West Project. The planters are made of ipe wood and the ground of Basaltina stone pavers.

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