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Don Maldonado @ Chicago Green Design

This Rooftop retreat looks as if it is on the ground. The objective is to make the client feel as if it was a backyard not a rooftop. With Artificial truf, warm wood colors and plants that soften the walls that surround you it looks as if this rooftop retreat is in the suburbs. Photo taken by

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lboscarino wrote:
Turf estimate - I live in Naperville and am dying to turf my backyard which is currently mud. I have a dog and lots of foster dogs come through. I don't think I can afford it, but could you tell me approx cost per sf?
     Comment   May 4, 2014
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Any ground projects I would refer you directly to the supplier who will also install this for you and or bid it out. Please contact "Perfect Turf" I think out of bensenville il.
May 4, 2014 at 5:44AM   
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Perfect Turf LLC
230 Gerry Drive
Wood Dale, IL 60191
May 4, 2014 at 7:49PM   
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Ceyda wrote:
White set in the back - Where is this set from? THank you.
   Comment   April 13, 2014
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The set in the foreground is from Room and Board which is made from recycled milk jugs. The wicker set in the background is from Babmar which is an outdoor online discount furniture supply distributor. dont use them much but fit the bill in this case.
April 13, 2014 at 7:02PM   
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jultz wrote:
What large-growing trees do you recommend for container rooftop garden
     Comment   November 11, 2013
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Jillian MacKenzie
any kind of direction on how to search for a drainage mat would be appreciated
April 3, 2014 at 11:29AM   
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There are many different types of drainage mats. What are you using it for planters?. Roof membrane? Against exterior wall? if you could be more specific I can direct you. Thanks
April 7, 2014 at 1:11PM   
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EasyTurf wrote:
What brand of artificial turf are you using?
     Comment   February 9, 2013
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how would this hold up in the montreal...with our extremely cold winters??
March 31, 2014 at 2:05PM   
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Cold winters are not a problem. If anything it is the harsh UV rays over time that breaks down turf. problem is called perfect turf.
March 31, 2014 at 5:20PM   
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csullivan0953 wrote:
Question from an editor at HGTV Magazine... - Hi, can you please email me at I am working on a rooftop story. Thanks!
   Comment   March 5, 2014

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Love it: Faux turfGone are the days when installing synthetic grass meant transforming your lawn into something resembling a hokey mini golf course. The new turfs are more realistic and just as durable. This homeowner made the synthetic grass look even more realistic by keeping the turf area small and breaking it up with other finishes.Leave it: Microtopped concreteThe luster and depth of a concrete microtopping is surely covetable, but it’s not great in houses with big dogs or rambunctious children. Daily traffic can create deep scratches that aren’t erased by the regular resealing this finish requires.More: 6 Ways to Help Your Dog and Landscape Play Nicely Together

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I like the two distinct areas. I would have a small change in elevation for drama.
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These recycled adirondack chairs have a modern look and will last forever
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If this turf was made with recyclables, even better...
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Turf for rooftop.
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I know we do not have this much space!;) but like the look and feel - like the height of some of these and the green w color. thoughts?
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