The Outsider: L-Shaped Deck in Park Slope

WHAT CAN YOU DO with an L-shaped backyard that’s only 17-and-a-half feet wide and 8 feet 8 inches deep, for the most part? What landscape architect Liz Farrell did behind one Brooklyn row house was build it out with ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, so that the entire backyard became an inviting deck. There’s room for seating, dining, and grilling, as well as arbors and planter boxes for growing things; a thick bamboo hedge provides total privacy from the neighbors.

It’s the subject today of The Outsider, my new Sunday column for the massive Brooklyn website Take a look here.

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I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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2 Responses to The Outsider: L-Shaped Deck in Park Slope

  1. Joe says:

    Looks like a great use of space and extension of the home. I suppose the photos are from last season? The bamboo screen is great and the contained raised beds would be easier to tend to than plants in the ground. Also it concentrates annuals for a nice pop of color, and herbs would be convenient to harvest throughout summer. What was the budget? And why not use a synthetic material that lasts longer and looks like wood without the annual cleaning and staining upkeep?

  2. cara says:

    Hey Joe. Yes, the photos are from a previous season. No clue what the budget was; I don’t always ask as it seems to lead to trouble (clients not wanting to disclose, commenters saying rude things, etc.) As to your last question, I’m guessing they wanted natural wood. I just built a deck on Long Island out of cedar and never considered using a synthetic; maybe these people felt the same.

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