Homeowner Matthew Quinn had to catch his breath when he first walked into this empty penthouse, 22 floors up. It came with 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space. The lush rooftop rooms are decked out for entertaining and provide incredible views of downtown and west Atlanta.
Matthew and husband Ric Parrish, who own Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, paid as much attention to construction outside as they did inside. They added an irrigation system, then covered the poured concrete top with 24-by-48-inch porcelain tiles and crushed black shale for drainage.
Dinner and a view
To improve the sightline of the Midtown panorama from this al fresco dining area, the couple added a raised deck made from composite wood. The teak table set, from local source AuthenTEAK, lasts well with a yearly coat of oil, says Quinn.
A typical reflecting orb—such as those found at plant nurseries—was given an artistic base. Quinn took the stand to a powder-coating company for the custom aqua finish. A peacock blue pillow plays off the hue.
Letting the view be the star, the couple chose a sleek, white seating group from Kolo Collection. (They’ve even been known to bring out their sleeping bags and wake up to sunrise views.)
No prissy plants
“The elements are brutal,” says the designer, citing wind, frost, and Atlanta’s hot summers as reasons to choose hardy trees and shrubs such as evergreens and rosemary. Artificial grass and a faux espalier wall stand the test.
Plan for hot days by incorporating shade that can disappear, such as the retractable canopy from Kolo Collection that covers the deck.
This article appears in our June 2019 issue.