HILE a permit is not necessary to build a roof deck,
approval is if you rent or live in a co-op. David Stark and Avi
Adler, who own their building in Brooklyn, needed no one's
Because the roof was water damaged when they bought it, they had
it retarred. Given the roof's slope, they had to build an intricate
deck frame to create a three-tier surface.
The pressure-treated, rot-resistant wood deck, at $6.78 for each
12-foot length of 1-by-6-inch board, was built in sections for ease
of maintenance. "That way you can remove sections if you have to
reroof or repair an area, or if you need to clean the drains out,"
said Jim Bartholomew, their architect. The deck frame was lifted and
set on neoprene strips to ensure proper drainage.
A skylight was replaced by a more up-to-date-looking one of
aluminum and glass ($3,700 for the skylight), matching the patio
doors. Cedar louvers were added to the sides of the pergola
structure as privacy screens.
Aside from shielding Mr. Adler and Mr. Stark from their
neighbors, the louvers create compelling shadows at various times of
day. The pergola roof is covered with translucent acrylic panels
($2,400 for the panels), making the porchlike area usable rain or