A 400-square-foot outdoor space is turned into a personal summer oasis
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When Toronto realtor Kara Reed moved from a big house with a full backyard into this urban condo, some sort of outdoor space was on her must-have list. The 400-square-foot rooftop terrace now acts as her oasis when she’s too busy to get up to her Muskoka cottage on summer weekends. An extensive redesign by Terry Ryan of Cubic Yard Design saw plenty of wooden planters installed, lush greenery brought in and a new outdoor kitchen area with a built-in barbecue and cabinetry. And thanks to views over sprawling green space, “I don’t feel like I’m in the middle of the city,” says Kara.
Modern rustic backyard
The contemporary rustic persona of the space comes from natural Western red cedar decking and cladding and chunky teak furnishings with durable outdoor fabrics. Wood strapping was applied to much of the terrace's concrete structure to lend texture and warmth. In a clever move, Kara had custom metal trays made to fit overtop of the lounger when it lies flat, creating a coffee table for setting down drinks and hors d'oeuvres. She also added a long planter of yew that created a hedge-like backdrop, while oversized planters with Japanese and fragrance and a lush leafiness to the space.
Outdoor dining set
A low planter box next to the barbecue holds fresh herbs and small veggies for adding to the many meals homeowner Kara Reed serves on the terrace. Sleek white dining chairs act as a counterpoint to the rustic table and several other wood features.
Food and drink space
An ample work surface allows Kara to easily mix refreshing summer drinks and prep food while guests lounge just a few feet away in the living space.
A built-in stainless steel barbecue, plenty of cabinetry and a small dishwasher, wine fridge and sink just inside the terrace landing make outdoor entertaining and cleanup a cinch.
An outdoor staple
A basket filled with cozy throws is a staple for cool nights spent enjoying a drink or two and watching the sunset.
Toss cushions in muted yellows and greys bring the comfort of the indoors out.
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