Washington, DC


Photo by Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

I was hoping other Popinistas could give me feedback on rooftop decks. My wife and I are in the beginning stages of a whole-house remodel. We are going to lose the space in our backyard that I currently use for vegetable gardening. We were considering relocating the vegetable plots to a rooftop deck; it would also be a nice space to have for relaxing and eating.

Our architect, however, has warned us that rooftop decks get too warm for growing crops.

I have also read a smattering of internet comments that the novelty of the rooftop deck–and having to walk up three flight of stairs with food and drink–wears out quickly; soon, this $30k-ammenity lies underused. I would love to get some feedback from fellow DC residents and their experiences with rooftop decks.”

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