Roof Deck, Reimagined: Decking Out a Back Bay Duplex

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Underutilized outdoor space is a good problem to have. But it’s not always easy to see its potential. With that in mind, we asked local landscape designer Matthew Cunningham how he would trick out the decks of this $5.5 million Back Bay duplex on the market.

The Problem: This 3,280-square-foot duplex has two roof decks: a smaller space for casual al fresco entertaining, and a larger one with skyline and Charles River views. But a generic dining set just doesn’t cut it.

The Solution: Cunningham’s proposal (below) features sectional seating to invite conversation, as well as low planters and colorful accents that keep the views front and center.

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Cunningham’s Picks


1. Frank Ligthart “Lounge” aluminum sectional, starting at $2,845, Showroom.


2. Fast “Forest” die-cast aluminum armchair, $833, Janus et Cie.


3. Domani “Hzfr” zinc fountain, $3,500, Winston Flowers & Garden.

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4. Ipe decking, starting at about $10 per foot, Ipe Decking Boston.

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5. “Radice Quadra” powder-coated-aluminum round table, $3,750, Janus et Cie.


6. Domani “Hzreh” zinc pot, starting at $600, Winston Flowers & Garden.


259 Marlborough St., Apt. 7, Boston

Listing Agent: Kevin Caulfield,Coldwell Banker, 617-266-4430
Listing Price: $5,500,000
Stats: Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, two private outdoor spaces, private elevator