Designer Velvet Hammerschmidt's rooftop loft garden
Interior designer Velvet Hammerschmidt and her husband, software executive Mark Friedman, loved their new loft digs in Santa Monica but wanted a garden space – a place to dine alfresco, to watch the seaside sunsets, to sit by a fire and gaze at the starry night. They transformed a pitched roof marred with air conditioning ducts into a beautiful rooftop garden with outdoor kitchen, lounge area and play space for two daughters.
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Velvet Hammerschmidt's rooftop loft garden( Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times )
By Barbara Thornburg
Designer Velvet Hammerschmidt's new rooftop garden is a long, narrow space anchored with a runnel at one end, a dining and entertaining area in the middle, and a children's play space and sun-lounging deck at the far end.