Deck Dynasty

Jason Chamberlain talks about his Federal Hill rooftop deck that combines function and style.

By Lauren Bell - September 2015

Deck Dynasty

Jason Chamberlain talks about his Federal Hill rooftop deck that combines function and style.

By Lauren Bell - September 2015


Bonus Buy: My wife, Becky, and I have lived here for five years. The rooftop deck and outdoor space were big selling points for us.

Back to Basics: We were drawn to a clean and classic style. We favored a handcrafted design and reclaimed materials that will likely stand the test of time—and three young kids.

Lending a Local Hand: Ann Angelella of design firm Ann Lane helped with the layout. She made the space cozy and divided it up into several areas. We gave her a travel theme. For the rooftop interior area, we have red wallpaper with maps on it, which leads out onto the deck area, and we chose red furniture to coordinate with that. Local design restoration company Frenchmen White built the butcher-block table.

World Travelers: The travel theme runs throughout the house. There is a photo wall near the kids’ rooms with memories of our travels through Europe, Colorado, and the Southwest. We also have great views of the harbor from our deck, which reminds us that our adventures begin at our doorstep. As you approach the deck, the world map wallpaper helps to tie it all together.

Green Thumb: Throughout the deck are flowers, raised garden beds, and topiary boxwoods. We also plant vegetables, like peppers, carrots, beans, and onions. It’s like a science fair project for the kids.

Front-Row Seats: We often do family dinners on the deck while we watch the Downtown Sailing Club races. It’s the ideal spot for fireworks, too. They are practically over your head as the barge is directly in front of us in the harbor.





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