In Brooklyn’s leafy Park Slope neighborhood, a young couple with a son asked architect Kim Hoyt (a member of the Gardenista Architect/Designer Directory) to transform their narrow backyard into a garden to enjoy as a family and a welcoming place to entertain guests. The first time Hoyt saw it, the garden had a narrow planting strip, an irregularly shaped patio, and a four-foot border of gravel (wasted space) alongside the house. Above: The stairway, deck, and fence are all made of water-repellent ipe wood and fabricated by Gogoleyed.
Above: Hoyt cantilevered the ipe and steel deck to keep its support beams away from the roots of the Siebold’s magnolia.
The client plans to grow Actinidia kolomikta ‘Arctic Beauty’ on the trellis from a pot on the deck. On the garden level, a door leads to a guest bedroom (the balcony connects to the kitchen).