This rooftop garden in New York City has Lilies,Talinum calycinum, an American wildflower, Sedum sexangulare as well as annuals and rose bushes

The Puchkoffs chose Lilies,Talinum calycinum, an American wildflower, Sedum sexangulare as well as annuals and rose bushes – photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Traditional Home Magazine

Sedums require little maintenance and water and are perfect for this New York City rooftop garden

Sedums require little water and virtually no maintenance

 

Front porches on a rooftop garden are hardly the norm in high-rise Manhattan, nor are a rooftop meadow. The owners of this downtown home in New York City, David and Eileen Puchkoff decided they wanted to duplicate the peaceful calm they enjoyed when visiting a friend’s lakefront home with a porch. They didn’t want to buy a second home so instead, they looked up… to their roof.

“They wanted a folly, something to take him away from New York,” said their architect, Lawrence Tobe of Anchorette, Inc. said. “I’ve done some roof terraces, but nothing that cool.”

The porch is constructed over a hole created in the ceiling of the family’s loft where they installed a stairway to connect to the rooftop. Inside the rooftop house is a landing with a galley-like kitchenette, two paned windows and a door that opens to the porch on the roof.

The roof sealant system is a combination of polyethylene and woven polyester for this New York City rooftop garden

The roof sealant system is a combination of polyethylene and woven polyester from the Andek Corporation. A multi-layered system from American Hydrotech consists of (1) polyethylene membrane keeps roots from penetrating the roof was put down followed by a (2)spongy egg crate shaped moisture retention layer, which absorbs any water that overflows from the (3) next layer of “Floradrains,” from a German company named ZinCo. photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Traditional Home Magazine

 ROOFTOP GARDEN FACTS:

Masha relaxes on the porch swing on the family's New York City rooftop garden

Daughter, Masha, relaxes on the porch swing.

 

  • This 1,200-square-foot meadow is planted with thousands of sedums, which love the heat and dry weather. (When it rains, they absorb water like a sponge.)
  • They grow here in about seven inches of a lightweight soil mixture of expanded shale and compost which does not strain the weight-bearing capacity of the roof.
  • A series of liners prevent both root penetration and water leakage. Drip irrigation lines, used only when needed are snaked beneath the soil layer. The 2,200 plants, shipped from Emory Knoll Farms, which specializes in green-roof nursery plants in northern Maryland were planted in three days by the family and friends.
  • The benefits of a green roof are many: the plants insulate the building from heat in summer and cold in winter, and they reduce storm-water runoff by absorbing rain.

 

The Pushkoff's enjoy the sunset on their rooftop garden in Manhattan

The Pushkoff’s porch view over the rooftops of the Manhattan skyline

 

The Rooftop Installation in Progress

For more information about how to create a rooftop garden:

Pushkoff Garden

Resources

Earthpledge Foundation

Greenrooftops.com

Inhabitat.com

David Puchkoff enjoys watering  his rooftop garden

David Puchkoff enjoys watering his rooftop garden

Uncommonplants.com

 

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