About Rooftopia

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Rooftopia is Chicago’s favorite, full-service, innovative rooftop garden, roof deck and landscape business. Jenn and Marcin and their exceptional team, will find creative and luxurious ways to design and install the outdoor living space or backyard garden of your dreams! We have a passion for green spaces, a flare for detail, and we are crazy about meticulous craftsmanship and making your experience with us the best it can be!

Our mission is to transform an ordinary rooftop, balcony or landscape into a sophisticated, show-stopping space that is fully customized to meet your needs. We want to extend your living area to the outdoors and re-inspire your urban lifestyle. From built-in outdoor kitchens, shade structures, relaxing lounges and privacy screens to gorgeous planter boxes, organic foodscapes, elegant accent lighting and intimate patios, we have the tools and talent to bring your ideas to life.

We are committed to building high-quality, low maintenance, eco-friendly outdoor spaces. We re-use and recycle wherever possible, donate plants in support of local community gardens, and are always courteous of the environment and all living systems.

Call today to set up an onsite consultation 773-398-9486


History

Jenn Lassa and Marcin Matlakowski met in 2008 while working as landscape professionals in Chicago. They quickly realized their shared enthusiasm for beautiful design, the outdoors, and living life to the fullest would make them perfect partners in business and in life! They decided to take their talents to the next level and launch their own business where they could devote their time and energy to designing and building outdoor spaces that inspire others and in 2009 Rooftopia was born.

A few years later in the fall of 2013, Jenn and Marcin were married in a picture-perfect farm wedding surrounded by family and friends. They have enjoyed every minute of doing the work they are passionate about and look forward to a bright future together bringing beautiful outdoor spaces to life in Chicago.


People

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Jenn Lassa
Co-Founder
Jenn Lassa is an accomplished horticulturist, landscape designer and photographer. She grew up on a Wisconsin farm where she raised animals & grew many crops, earning a life-long appreciation for hard work and a hands-on education in sustainable gardening & farm-to-table living. When Jenn is not dedicating her time to making Chicago a greener city, you can find her tending to her organic garden, planting new varieties of heirloom vegetables, with her 2 kitties, wrangling the red wigglers in the compost bin and traveling the globe, with her business partner and husband, Marcin.


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Marcin Matlakowski
Co-Founder
Marcin Matlakowski is a trained carpenter, craftsman and all around engineer. His degree in construction management and expertise in fabrication are balanced by his creative drive and passion for innovative design. Marcin’s inspiration is challenging the status quo with proof that sustainable design does not require sacrificing convenience or aesthetics. When he is not hand-crafting or designing incredible garden elements you can find him rebuilding motorcycles, riding cross-country, and renovating the house.


DESIGN AND INSTALLATION PROCESS

Consultation

We work around your busy schedule to set up an appointment at your space to gather measurements, photos and ideas. After we discuss the wide range of possibilities, fully understand your garden aspirations, existing architectural elements and the outdoor access points, we can begin to bring the garden of your dreams to life.

Estimates & Concepts

After our consultation, we will begin estimating and conceptualizing custom garden elements for each outdoor location. Detailed estimates will outline our design fee, based on the size and scope of your project. Our estimates and concept drawings are tailored to meet each of our clients individual outdoor living goals.

Design Process

Our design process is unique, for each client and each outdoor space. We ensure that you receive nothing less than attentive and reliable service through every aspect of the garden’s development from concept illustrations through final revisions. Our specialized design process guarantees that all garden elements have been organized and prepared, so there are no surprises during the installation of the project and that it is completed within the specified time frame. To ensure exceptional results we follow sustainable, harmonious design principles to inspire each rooftop garden or landscape.

Installation

Once a project is under contract our obligations and our clients are clearly defined. We want to complete each garden efficiently, and within your budget. We take great pride in our craftsmanship, building each project with the highest quality standards for longevity, beauty and sustainability. All of our outdoor living spaces and custom garden elements are designed and built to meet city code regulations and safety standards.

Maintenance

After we complete your installation, we will work with you to establish the best possible care and maintenance for your landscape or outdoor living space. We have many maintenance options depending on the plants and systems we have installed. It is our goal to install primarily low-maintenance plants and offer seasonal gardening services to keep your outdoor oasis picture perfect.