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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