And so concludes our Photo Week(s); I hope you enjoyed. There has been some talk between Barry and myself about making it a more regular feature, but we’ll see. Back with full length articles and other essays maybe as soon as . . . tomorrow. Thanks. ~jb
AKA: Vernacular or Not, the Rooftop Deck Speaks My Language . . . Hon or . . . Baltimore’s Rooftop Decks
Location: Baltimore, MD (Brewer’s Hill)
In This Photo:
A few blocks north of the iconic Brewer’s Hill complex, and shooting west, a rooftop deck with various flags of international significance flying. Fairly typical Baltimore scene with Legg Mason and other downtown landmarks in the background.
I have had rooftop decks on my editorial todo list since the early part of 2010. And my hope is still to do a feature. While I don’t know if they are in fact anywhere near unique to Baltimore, I do know that you’ll find quite a few of them around. Especially in the neighborhoods that surround our Inner Harbor. With good luck, the right elevation … and orientation — one can provide a mean view of the water.
I’ll admit, I have never been involved personally with a rooftop decking project. I have however hung out on a few. And the Super Bowl winning ticket of course is the 4th of July invite — where partygoers and other types can enjoy the fireworks and other festivities minus the groping of the insane crowds downtown.
The Decks of Baltimore’s Rowhomes — a photo essay for sure (and even more slam dunk if someone would be willing to hire me for a day) . . . from the most utilitarian, almost slapped together, to the highly engineered and architected (though all do require official-like papers). Multi-tiered or a simple pier, you’d find many in pressure-treated and some that employ materials seen only in commercial applications and/or in a hospitality setting.
As far as cost versus value: The simplest of decks (say 12×18) can run, what?, two to five grand. But some I’ve seen hitting $15-$20 easy, with the majority probably running in the $5 to $10 range. A quick and absolutely unscientific survey of the real estate agents I know (*ehm* Mrs. Moxie) yielded this: “They really don’t add a ton of value, about $5k for a pretty basic deck. They’re a dime a dozen now. But still . . . everybody wants ’em . . . though nobody uses them.”
Thanks, happy weekend, and comments welcome.