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Velvet Hammerschmidt's loft rooftop garden

Velvet Hammerschmidt rooftop garden

Velvet Hammerschmidt rooftop garden Home tour: Designer Velvet Hammerschmidt's rooftop garden

Where do we wish we could be this Labor Day weekend? After seeing designer Velvet Hammerschmidt's rooftop oasis, Santa Monica seems like a answer. What had been an industrial-looking slanted rooftop is now an alfresco living room -- and kitchen, and dining room, and playroom, and garden.

The designer and her husband, Mark Friedman, pictured below with daughters Brooke and Jade, crafted a 60-foot-long retreat that includes ipe wood decking, a patch of artificial turf and a sun-shaded lounge set around a fire pit. A lovely runnel, top, channels water through a stand of ornamental grasses. Writer Barbara Thornburg has our full report:

Article: Urban oasis, three stories high

Photos: Velvet Hammerschmidt's rooftop garden

Velvet Hammerschmidt rooftop garden

Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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