The Quik House in Califon, New Jersey, is another Kalkin design, and consists of six recycled containers that are built into a hill and connected by a walkway. A spacious courtyard also helps to connect the two separate structures, and is easily accessed via floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. In fact, floor-to-ceiling windows are a key characteristic of the home, creating just the right balance of exposure and privacy.
Architect Adam Kalkin, co-founder of Industrial Zombie, has made a name for himself by taking shipping container design to the next level. Bunny Lane in rural New Jersey is a real mind blower, as it looks as though a shipping container swallowed a traditional house. The latter is a replica of a 19th-century cottage, complete with a porch, and could easily exist as a stand-alone structure. Unlike, say, a museum exhibit, both spaces are furnished and easily flow into each other. In another trippy twist, there’s even a three-story wall of nine cube-shaped rooms (glassed in), creating a real-life dollhouse effect.
From the exterior, one might not suspect that the historic Jefferson Trust Bank Building in New Jersey has been converted into a luxury penthouse. The 2,960-square-foot space features tall ceilings and Art Deco details, as well as an updated kitchen.
This Southern New Jersey home’s backyard blends artificial grass seamlessly with flowers and mulch to create a natural looking lawn that doesn’t require water or fertilizer. An organic vegetable garden would do nicely adjacent to this lawn.
Tall Oaks was at one time owned by swing-era bandleader Tommy Dorsey during the height of his career. A gracious host, the mansion accommodated the Dorsey family as well as their celebrity and musician friends. The legendary Dorsey “Blue Room” still hosts his billiard table and piano.
Stone abounds in this sophisticated traditional outdoor kitchen at the home of Kim Granatell, formerly on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." She used Source Outdoor furniture when she redid her backyard.
Textured wall panels create a cool focal wall in this contemporary New Jersey living room. The bold silver and red color scheme is punctuated by a red velvet, channel-back club chair with dramatic lines.