Chicago Green Design Inc.
Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures
Chicago Green Design modern patio

Chicago Green Design

Chicago Rooftop decks are challenging. This small but well thought out deck space is just the right size to enjoy some free time.

This photo has 5 questions

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
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Chicago Green Design Inc.
You can contact me at 773-616-9675 Thanks Don
March 5, 2014 at 12:58pm   
Sign Up to comment
jlsmc736 wrote:
Love the recliner, where can I purchase it?
   Comment   September 19, 2013
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Chicago Green Design Inc.
To be honest this was the customers piece and worked around the color. It pops but here is a link to something simular...
September 24, 2013 at 9:25pm   
Sign Up to comment
bbarnfi wrote:
Can you ballpark an estimate of the sq ft cost for the Wausau paving product? - Thanks very much...great roof top look!! Brian
   Comment   January 19, 2013
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Chicago Green Design Inc.
Hello Brian and thanks for looking at some of our projects. We love designing/installing Rooftop retreats... its what we do!!....
To answer your question... Wausau has many different types of pavers. This particular paver is one of the most inexpensive of them all that they offer. This is called their Sand Series Paver and is a concrete molded poured cast and weighs in at about 70 to 80 lbs a tile (2x2). So that comes to about 20lbs a quare ft. Make sure your roof can support such a bulky paver. For pricing this paver is one of the most inexpensive on the market. a little over $4.00 a square ft, thats very cheep.... but keep in mind they are made to order. So lead time could be an issue, and they are out of Wisconsin so if you need them to get to your place... there will be a shipping charge and of course that will bump up the final square footage price.
Next is how are you mounting the paver? When considering mounting a paver there are many ways to do this. If you are using the paver as a ballast paver.....Then nothing will be required for support. but if you are looking to put these on a pedestal system ....,well then you will have many options and once again will have to consider that price per quare ft to increase as well. If you are installing Wausau Pavers then in order not to void the manufactures warranty, you will need to use (YOU GOT IT) Wausau pedestals. Just what they do.... there are many pedestal systems out there. some more in price, some less, But all are designed to provide you a level deck, which is what you see here in this picture.

Last but not least the labor to haul and install the pavers to its final destination. So now that $4.00 per square ft is looking more like four to five times that amount.

Pros and cons of the Wausau Sand Series...
pros.... Less expensive
cons.... Heavy, staining of tile if not sealed annually,lead time, not to void warranty need to use their pedestals,

Wausau does have many different lines of tiles and some are very inovative and unique to the industry.
(Additional Pics) Wausau Sand Series patterned
January 19, 2013 at 10:12am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Lovely deck! What paver do you recommend that is cost effective and no sealing is required (low maintenance)?
January 28, 2014 at 12:12pm   
Sign Up to comment
Carylon Killebrew wrote:
what is on the floor - what is on the floor?
   Comment   June 13, 2012
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Chicago Green Design Inc.
Hello Carylon,
The floor on this project are called Wausau tiles. This particular flooring is called the sand series. They are on a pedestal system and have a little weight to them. Each piece weighs in at about 80 Lbs. But that transfers to 20 lbs per square ft. which is not that bad. CGD uses many different surfaces and Wausau Sand series is an economical way to have a nice flooring for a pedestal application.
June 13, 2012 at 5:50am     
Sign Up to comment
smartdecor wrote:
What materials are used for the outdoor kitchen cabinets?
   Comment   May 3, 2012
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Chicago Green Design Inc.
If its on the ground... Skys the limit in clading. If you have any questions please let me know.
May 4, 2012 at 4:39am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
you could fab exterior cabinets with Trespa panel or equivelant. very stable and good color range. reasonable to work with but costly to the extent that you would want to be clear on your production plan. we have used it on elivator cab interiors with good success in terms of machining.
May 4, 2012 at 4:47am   
Sign Up to comment

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Shawn Gauthier added this to Remember the Rooftop
A grill and minifridge prevent the hassle of going back and forth from your kitchen indoors, making it much easier to dine on the rooftop. I wouldn’t mind flipping burgers with this view on a lovely summer evening.
Cathy Lara added this to 10 Outdoor Kitchens to Flip Over
Everything about this rooftop shouts summer. From the lounge chairs that face breathtaking city views, to the sunny chartreuse color of the planters and cabinets to the minifridge and grill pair — this is the spot to sip a cold beer while the host flips burgers.
Swap your charcoal for propane or gas. Charcoal-fired grills give off substances that contribute to poor air quality, so try using a propane or gas-fueled model instead. I know some die-hard charcoal fans won't want to give up that characteristic smoky flavor, but gas grills can't be beat in terms of convenience.
John Hill added this to 12 Sensational Skyline Views
Previous examples looked outside from inside, but the last few step onto terraces to take in views that are even more expansive. This rooftop deck just west of the bend of the Chicago River has a great view of the curving 333 Wacker Drive and other Loop buildings to the south.
Samantha Schoech added this to Color Guide: How to Work With Chartreuse
A yellow-chartreuse wall on a rooftop patio defines the space against the skyline.
Steven Corley Randel, Architect added this to How to Get an Outdoor Kitchen of Your Own
Project: Build an outdoor kitchen.Why: Outdoor cooking stations are increasingly popular for 21st-century homeowners. It could be that outdoor entertaining is less fussy than setting up a formal dining room with china and crystal. And while you might have to worry about mosquitoes, you won’t have to worry about getting wine stains on your crisp white tablecloth or anyone’s (heaven forbid!) picking up the wrong fork. The Chicago skyline sets the stage for this marvelous urban kitchen. The counter and cabinets blend nicely with the planters, integrating the kitchen into its surroundings. When planning smaller spaces such as this one, consider efficient layouts. The fixtures are neatly arranged yet still allow ample space for setting down platters, and there is plenty of room for guests to move around.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

arico1722 added this to arico1722's Ideas
on Wednesday
Cuisine cours
bpestana2000 added this to bpestana2000's ideas
on Wednesday
ramona69 added this to Outdoor space
on Monday
Walls of planters.
dipmunyal added this to dipmunyal's ideas
on Sunday
Terrace tiles, darker grout
ccaseystudio1234 added this to ccaseystudio1234's Ideas
April 11, 2014
Futon type bed
SKG Design added this to mandy001's Favorites
April 10, 2014
brucegeyer added this to Garden
April 10, 2014
Built in Grill
eblcman added this to backyard fence ideas
April 9, 2014
This is an amazing outdoor kitchen.
teremoon added this to teremoon's Ideas
April 9, 2014
tinabuteradesign added this to tinabuteradesign's ideas
April 7, 2014
don bbq
selwynshores added this to selwynshores's Ideas
April 6, 2014
Container planters
drwayne added this to drwayne's Ideas
March 30, 2014
Landworks Landscaping added this to Outdoor Kitchens
March 29, 2014
Why: Outdoor cooking stations are increasingly popular for 21st-century homeowners. It could be that outdoor entertaining is less fussy than setting up a formal dining room with china and crystal. And while you might have to worry about mosquitoes, you won’t have to worry about getting wine stains on your crisp white tablecloth or anyone’s (heaven forbid!) picking up the wrong fork. The Chicago skyline sets the stage for this marvelous urban kitchen. The counter and cabinets blend nicely with the planters, integrating the kitchen into its surroundings. When planning smaller spaces such as this one, consider efficient layouts. The fixtures are neatly arranged yet still allow ample space for setting down platters, and there is plenty of room for guests to move around
mohitverma5678 added this to mohitverma5678's Ideas
March 29, 2014
terrace with counter kitchen
audreysuskind added this to audreysuskind's Ideas
March 28, 2014
shaylalester added this to Patio Ideas
March 28, 2014
squares too small - would want bigger
savbrook added this to savbrook's Ideas
March 27, 2014
Rooftop deck
calikym added this to For LA Pool Builders
March 24, 2014
Planter boxes
cdill39 added this to Design Inspiration
March 24, 2014
Richard Juchniewicz added this to roof garden
March 23, 2014
Rectangular planters
annickmajor added this to annickmajor's Ideas
March 23, 2014
naissus added this to naissus's ideas
March 17, 2014
Terasa sa grillom
miriamhurley added this to miriamhurley's Ideas
March 14, 2014
Planters around the edges
stef14 added this to deck ideas
March 10, 2014
Outdoor kitchen
Kristen King added this to landscape
March 9, 2014
Colorful planter boxes
mooloo added this to Outside
March 9, 2014
maybe create more of a "kitchen" with grill
nettegreg added this to nettegreg's Ideas
March 6, 2014
Garden boxes
diamondgirl099 added this to diamondgirl099's ideas
March 5, 2014
love the patio furniture
rosestunk added this to rosestunk's Ideas
March 4, 2014
Amanda Newlin added this to amanda_newlin's ideas
March 4, 2014
Roof top grilling area
tsalvoni added this to roofdeck
March 4, 2014
the floor
chelseabrett added this to Patio Ideas
March 3, 2014
i like the recliners
mtmx0142 added this to Outdooring
March 2, 2014
jumpblue added this to Madison Park
February 27, 2014
outdoor bbq idea..., could we install an outdoor beverage fridge??
hussinna added this to hussinna's ideas
February 26, 2014
juancarloscarlosbarrios added this to juancarloscarlosbarrios's ideas
February 23, 2014
me gustan las jardineras
adrianbc added this to roof deck
February 20, 2014
deck material
drhelshafei added this to Roof Terrace
February 18, 2014
Grill idea
Shelly Nelson added this to shelly_nelson's ideas
February 16, 2014
sfswede added this to sfswede's Ideas
February 15, 2014
Rooftop dck
jannetcantu added this to jannetcantu's Ideas
February 12, 2014
vidrio para el macetero
dsdemaio added this to dsdemaio's beach house
February 12, 2014
Outdoor kitchen.
jarp added this to jarp's ideas
February 11, 2014
outdoor kitchen
Kelly McGowan added this to kelly_mcgowan's Ideas
February 10, 2014
Caroline Walsh added this to caroline_walsh4987's ideas
February 10, 2014
Flower boxes
athorne1 added this to casa 2 fireplace
February 10, 2014
bank of planter in yellow
cmjchicago added this to cmjchicago's ideas
February 9, 2014
joolsthechemist added this to joolsthechemist's Ideas
February 9, 2014
Roof terrace in Egypt ?
Tosin Cke added this to tosin_cke's ideas
February 9, 2014
ideas for rooftop deck with cooking and loounging rea
kellydonald added this to backyard
February 9, 2014
Layout chairs
gonvi added this to gonvi's Ideas
February 9, 2014
lquirion added this to lquirion's ideas
February 8, 2014
walls that are planters
HomeSmart Professional Realtor added this to Aircraft Home
February 8, 2014
my penthouse
sipasin added this to sipasin's Ideas
February 8, 2014
salehmarwa added this to roof ideas
February 7, 2014
libbish added this to libbish's Ideas
February 7, 2014
Outdoor kitchen
carmenmaskell added this to barbeque project
February 6, 2014
Charlii Hobbs added this to Outdoors
February 5, 2014
Rooftop kitchen. Outdoor entertaining
Sandra added this to Great Ideas I appreciate
February 5, 2014
Beautiful! If I had to live in the city... I so would want this outdoor space!
petersenprojects added this to petersenprojects's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Outdoor Envy
edinpaulette added this to edinpaulette's ideas
February 5, 2014
outdoor kitchen
Juan Gonzalez added this to juan_gonzalez3565's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Amazing View
dmclin added this to flower garden
February 4, 2014
Idea outside kitchen
samanthameissner added this to out door
February 4, 2014
planters - on top of existing patio wall
nsmiami added this to PO7 Outdoor
February 4, 2014
Love this!
Carol Cox added this to carol_cox6853403's ideas
February 4, 2014
i could do this on the terrace
ana_design added this to ana_design's Ideas
February 4, 2014
Emma Holtham added this to emma_holtham's Ideas
February 4, 2014
Open space, modern and fun colour
perlabeltran added this to Terraza al frente
February 3, 2014
macetas extralargas
jimkirsch added this to jimkirsch's Favorites
February 3, 2014
efedit added this to efedit's ideas
February 3, 2014
nyárikonyha tetőteraszon
Holly Homes, Inc. added this to outdoor living
February 3, 2014
stucco kitchen
sapyper added this to Outdoor Kitchens
February 3, 2014
rjjackman added this to Exterior Ideas
February 3, 2014
built in grill and fridge for backyard
spiritual added this to spiritual's ideas
February 3, 2014
like this outdoor kitchen
rebecca62 added this to Patios & Courtyards
February 3, 2014
The planter wall
co4runnin added this to Outdoor/Indoor Transitions
February 3, 2014
Outdoor Kitchen
miaie added this to miaie's Ideas
February 3, 2014
abida added this to abida's ideas
February 3, 2014
cybercanary added this to Outside.
February 2, 2014
LOVE the view . . .
Connie Lopez added this to connie_lopez158's ideas
February 2, 2014
like the out door kitchen!
marabeugen added this to marabeugen's Favorites
February 2, 2014
Monogram chairs
micheleleedusick added this to micheleleedusick's ideas
February 2, 2014
lumiere702 added this to Indian Trails
February 2, 2014
jonah2009 added this to jonah2009's ideas
February 2, 2014
tjordhei added this to tjordhei's Ideas
February 2, 2014
My idea of a great urban rooftop - love how it incorporates the outdoor kitchen, the use of the planters, the artificial turf, etc.
Henrique Mendes added this to henrique_mendes's ideas
February 2, 2014
the view
wenstad added this to outdoor spaces
February 2, 2014
Outdoor kitchen
Homes by Parker added this to Craig Parker's ideas
February 2, 2014
Cool Roof Top Deck
trg1000 added this to trg1000's ideas
February 2, 2014
fun colors outdoor kitchen
annabauer added this to annabauer's ideas
February 2, 2014
built in kitchen on deck
diazbatson added this to diazbatson's ideas
February 2, 2014
DIY hang out platform lounge and cushions
shellmorgan added this to Exterior Ideas
February 2, 2014
cool chicago roof patio
msilverwood added this to msilverwood's Ideas
February 2, 2014
nice upstairs balcony
dangerus added this to Patio Area
February 2, 2014
Built in BBQ.
lilymar30 added this to lilymar30's ideas
February 2, 2014
outdoor kitchen
nataliemilk added this to yard
February 2, 2014
big flower planters
lposluns added this to lposluns's Ideas
February 2, 2014
Outdoor terrace
georgster added this to taoyuan house
February 2, 2014
outdoor kitchen
viviyarn95 added this to viviyarn95's ideas
February 1, 2014
I really think thos is just one of the best I've seen!
aurora_dn added this to aurora_dn's ideas
February 1, 2014
pcdownin added this to Condo Chile
February 1, 2014
Nice outdoor kitchen
tankanddozer added this to Outdoor kitchen
February 1, 2014
cool planter wall, could have a bench attached for seating
George S. McGregor added this to gmcgregor2's ideas
February 1, 2014
All outdoor kitchen
vbravo added this to vbravo's Favorites
February 1, 2014
fedelena added this to fedelena's Ideas
February 1, 2014
Todo imcredible!!
fathemeh added this to fathemeh's ideas
January 31, 2014
Dee Wood added this to Deck-- BBQ
January 31, 2014
catharinebuttinger added this to catharinebuttinger's Ideas
January 31, 2014
thatsconvenient added this to House
January 31, 2014
rooftop patio- big tile and grass space
nilsh added this to houses (deco & outside finishings)
January 30, 2014
debbiephoenix2013 added this to Patio
January 29, 2014
2 red chairs
Olivia Irvin added this to Residential Design Project
January 28, 2014
rooftop area
jhew added this to jhew's Ideas
January 27, 2014
Modern entertainment area On roof top
cheriseahern added this to Kitchen Ideas
January 23, 2014
Jill Wardell added this to jill_wardell's ideas
January 19, 2014
Mretauning wall flower boxes, floor
emmacolgate added this to Garden Ideas
January 18, 2014
grill built into top plus fridge
gillogle added this to Lipsius - rooftop
January 14, 2014
bspurg91 added this to bspurg91's Ideas
January 13, 2014
Windy City rooftop
davelle8 added this to New House
January 12, 2014
Like simply BBQ,sink, garden edges, decking and lounge chairs .....just add a fire, gym, pool table, Big TV And we have a perfect roof top terrace
kaylamitch added this to kaylamitch outdoor favs
January 12, 2014
outdoor kitchen
eryyy3 added this to eryyy3's Ideas
January 10, 2014
klingerkate added this to klingerkate's ideas
January 2, 2014
built-in kitchen
fcleal added this to fcleal's Ideas
December 29, 2013
The lounge bed
martinzamora09 added this to martinzamora09's ideas
December 13, 2013
Mithun Howlader added this to mithun_howlader's ideas
December 9, 2013
kolwazi added this to landscape
December 7, 2013
love bright colors
carito added this to carito's ideas
December 1, 2013
buddha2005 added this to Patio Ideas
November 30, 2013
Chicago rooftop patio
kapiro added this to Rooftop deck designs
November 18, 2013
the barbecue set into the top
group two added this to rooftops
November 16, 2013
very modern abd clean
pdroots added this to pdroots's ideas
November 16, 2013
Planter boxes; variety of deck coverings: tile, boards, fake grass
paulbos added this to paulbos's Ideas
November 14, 2013
mattcorreiacambridge added this to Roof Deck
November 13, 2013
jorgetij1125 added this to jorgetij1125's Ideas
November 13, 2013
tfiske added this to tfiske's Ideas
November 10, 2013
Rooftop deck
coolcat69 added this to Terrace
November 9, 2013
the barbecue set
preciouslife added this to Exterior Ideas
November 7, 2013
colors of mattress outside
G-man Crawford added this to webuser_3967813's Ideas
November 3, 2013
Bbq new home
Amelia Gomes added this to amelia_gomes's Ideas
October 27, 2013
Love d idea
felsharkawi added this to Kitchen Ideas
October 23, 2013
globalindia added this to globalindia's ideas
October 23, 2013
roof top
sntierney added this to Dog house
October 20, 2013
potoshi added this to Bedroom
October 18, 2013
tall planters
akarup added this to Rooftop Deck
October 17, 2013
Grill area
yumyum1017 added this to yumyum1017's Ideas
October 13, 2013
Tiles and planters
merridee added this to merridee's outdoor ideas
October 13, 2013
sunsy69 added this to sunsy69's Ideas
October 11, 2013
Yuhan Bujang added this to Rooftop garden
October 8, 2013
The view, chicago?
ljgnyc added this to New 2013
October 6, 2013
intermove added this to nice view
September 29, 2013
Nice view
cmoit added this to Backyard
September 29, 2013
When Melissa moves to San Francisco .
arichea added this to construction ideas
September 22, 2013
like the tile and grass
theoline added this to theoline's Ideas
September 22, 2013
Vibrant colors
jswenson43 added this to rooftop gardens
September 22, 2013
Outdoor kitchen
rfricke added this to Barbacue
September 19, 2013
Cabinet Panel
jarmero added this to jarmero's ideas
September 16, 2013
Elva Kuo added this to elva_kuo's Ideas
September 15, 2013
Outdoor cooking
oceanaproperties added this to deck flooring
September 14, 2013
Concrete tiles on pedestal system
chapter357 added this to chapter357's Ideas
September 13, 2013
Lay down furniture
nikolas1104 added this to nikolas1104's Ideas
September 11, 2013
O, my god
muaiad added this to muaiad's ideas
September 10, 2013
Planter box color
Simone Walker added this to simone_walker2890's ideas
September 8, 2013
Modern rooftop patio
Nascha Joli added this to nascha_joli's ideas
September 7, 2013
green roof plus grill
radderz added this to radderz's Ideas
September 7, 2013
Lush view
pilita added this to pilita's Ideas
August 31, 2013
medinalee13 added this to outdoor kitchens
August 24, 2013
Laura Santiago added this to laura_santiago7896's ideas
August 23, 2013
Para la terraza de arriba.
Lizi De Ender added this to webuser_973761's Ideas
August 22, 2013
mozula added this to Ideas For Rennovation
August 16, 2013
Roof top decor and tiles
Jennifer Cutting-Estacio added this to webuser_322180's Ideas
August 14, 2013
reazone added this to reazone's Ideas
August 14, 2013
alananet added this to Neils House
August 12, 2013
BBQ setup
apghdude49 added this to apghdude49's Ideas
August 10, 2013
Idea for roof
patfuentes added this to patfuentes's ideas
August 8, 2013
Plantas en el altillo
Slappy added this to powermaynard's Ideas
August 8, 2013
Ravi Ricker added this to planter
August 5, 2013
grill set in wall wall is of varied height
jacalabash added this to rooftop patio
August 5, 2013
astro turf - Bear/ bacci ball...
bibiisme added this to METRO
August 5, 2013
built in kitchen
tanyada added this to tanyada's ideas
August 4, 2013
mickyj added this to michelle construction
August 4, 2013
kbthouse added this to kbthouse's ideas
August 3, 2013
Functional roof
David Bynoe added this to david_bynoe's ideas
August 2, 2013
roof deck
megaseus added this to Beacon Rooftop Ideas
August 1, 2013
Built in Planters
bobdawe added this to bobdawe's Favorites
July 28, 2013
Patio kitchen
sheelat added this to sheelat's Ideas
July 28, 2013
The seats
lukee added this to Patio
July 24, 2013
hudaali added this to hudaali's Ideas
July 24, 2013
شرفات عالية
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™