Having just a sliver of yard in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood couldn't squash Brad Schreiber's dreams for a stunning outdoor retreat. His solution? Escape to the roof. But his topflight plan's space-savvy ideas will suit your yard, too.
In Brad Schreiber's rooftop garden, varied flooring levels and wall heights help define areas such as the outdoor kitchen and lounging area.The outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, gas grill, pizza oven and dining area expands on the home's main-level kitchen and family room. On the terrace, a striking fireplace and pergola anchor seating areas. Two meditation gardens provide solitary retreats."There's not a lot of opportunity for private green space in the city," Brad says. "You have to make a different type of place to escape."Click ahead for garden designer Tony Butterworth's tips on how to make small spaces live large. See slide 5 for a buying guide.