Hot or Not? Backyard Urban Oasis

When I saw this Brooklyn homeowner's backyard featured on Curbed, I couldn't help but marvel.

Not only did he build a two story tree house from scraps but he has an actual swimming hole and a koi pond out there.  I'm not sure I love the rag tag look but I have to give this guy kudos for being resourceful and making the most of his space.  What do you think?  Hot or not?


6 comments:

  1. Very hot. An oasis. Soothing.

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  2. The only part I really disliked is the roof deck - it's too weedy looking for me.

    What I love most about it is the make-do attitude of using what you have. I would love it more with more hardscape & organization in the back yard & a less cluttered look but it's a paradise for growing children who really need tiime outside in an unformal space. I can so see my son & his friends playing for hours here when they were young.

    It actually looks a lot like many parts of rural America. I've lived 50 years in the country in three different states & many rural areas have glimpses of this. The treehouse reminds me of a playhouse my dad made for my sisters & me in our back woods out of scrap lumber & cardboard. We decorated with mom's cast-offs, stuff from the local dump(no trash pick up in our area) & whatever we found growing around us. Our carpet was transplanted moss from the woods.

    As a homewoner though, I'd want at least some of it to be more organized. As a parent I always have given the neighborhood kids a messy place to play in so I love that.

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  3. LOVE, especially the water. It must feel like paradise in the midst of such a densely populated area.

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  4. I always like to cheer on enthusiasm whatever the style. This took much, much effort and creates a relaxed and beautiful space to enjoy nature in an urban setting. Bravo! Love!

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  5. I love the rag tag look. I'm not fond of formal gardens. Mother Nature is an informal gardener.

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