Dixon Takes it to the Roof

In a city where park space is limited and backyards a rarity, it's no surprise that rooftop spaces have become popular warm-weather hangouts. New development condo buildings boast massive common roof decks with barbecues and bocce courts, while penthouse owners enjoy lavish private rooftops.

Over the course of its five-year history of renovating homes throughout New York City and nearby New Jersey, Dixon Leasing has become known for its innovative, and stunning, rooftop additions. When planning these roof spaces, whether the building stands within a historic district is the chief indicator of what type of roof access will be incorporated. Historic designation severely limits any rooftop structures that can be seen from below, thus obscuring the historic look and feel of the neighborhood's streetscape.

For Dixon rooftops, adding access to coveted outdoor space is accomplished in one of three ways:

  • Bulkheads:Minimal structures built around roof access points, such as stairs or elevators.
  • Penthouses:Entire rooms added to the roof level to provide access as well as amenities like kitchenettes, powder rooms and living space.
  • Skyboxes:Innovative skylights that allow easy access to roof spaces without adding bulk or visible structures.

In the following 8 Dixon homes, we take a tour a variety of different roof access types and the amazing vistas they deliver.