We first found landscape designer Dima Rumiantcev’s work on Instagram (@dimastery), where he posts enticing snapshots of his projects around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Dima’s work with his Dimastery team is beautiful, functional, and low-maintenance—he strongly believes in creating outdoor spaces that are easy to care for and enjoyable year-round. He’s been working in gardens since age 13, and his expertise shows. With degrees and certifications in both landscape design and horticulture as well as experience with woodworking, Dima follows his clients through the design/build/maintain process from beginning to end.
He was kind enough to write a guest post for us highlighting a recent project in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. His clients wanted to take a plain, square roof space and turn it into a fuss-free, beautiful oasis built for entertaining and spending time with family.
*All pictures by Mark Andrew Photo, with the exception of the “before” image, which is credited to Dima Rumiantcev. Writing in the post below was done by Maureen Daniel of the Dimastery team.*
From the Dimastery team:
Our client, a family of four, didn’t want to choose between life in the city and enjoying outdoor space at their home. The family’s wishlist included an outdoor kitchen, dining table for 8, lounge area, and even an edible garden. The challenge was how to fit all of this onto a 400SF rooftop terrace in Brooklyn!
With some creative space-saving solutions and custom-designed woodwork, we made it happen.
In order to preserve open space for play and entertainment, the main design features are placed along the perimeter.
Lush plantings surrounding the lounge space serve the practical need for shade and soften the design aesthetic.
The team designed and built custom woodwork for the cedar pergola, lounge seating, and dining table in order to precisely fit the space and meet the family’s specific needs.
The compact and modern outdoor kitchen provides the essentials needed to cook and entertain with style: grill, fridge, storage and bar cabinet.
Multiple layers and textures of foliage create depth for a rich view from the interior of the master bath.
An edible, low-maintenance and family-friendly garden placed in planters close to the house thrives in full sun and is convenient for harvesting treats such as berries, peppers, and basil.
Hydrangeas are hardy, easy to grow, adaptable to many different sun conditions, and resistant to many pests and diseases. With a little care, they’ll bloom year after year, letting the homeowners enjoy the plant’s gorgeous flowers and its wonderful scent for many summers to come.
Small design touches help make the space personal and welcoming. A whimsical custom-made neon sign adds a unique touch and pays tribute to the clients’ love for Brooklyn.
Mood lighting adds ambiance as twilight approaches. Warm, soft, lights create atmosphere and allow the space to be enjoyed after the sun has gone down.
Thank you to Dima Rumiantcev, Maureen Daniel and the entire Dimastery team for giving us a peek into your design process!