Greetings from New Jersey! 🙂
We’ve seen outstanding shipping container structures from architect Adam Kalkin before(see his 12 Container House), and now we have one more to add to the list! Named (rather deceptively) the “Old Lady House”, the bright, airy home has modern finishes that are anything but granny-like. This light-flooded home in Califon, NJ uses nine 40 foot recycled shipping containers that are three shipping containers wide by two shipping containers tall, with two sides made almost entirely of glass.
All of the surfaces and décor in the home have been constructed to give the home an industrial look, including the concrete floor, the glass sliding doors, huge glass panes, stainless steel, columns and beams. There is a mixture of natural designs to make sure the home fits it within the natural surroundings. Materials such as mahogany have been used for the sliding doors and fir has been used for the floors of some of the smaller rooms of the house, such as pantry, laundry room and half-bath.
In the main living area of the Old Lady House there is a kitchen island of 12 feet in length and this offers stunning views out over the forest while the owner is preparing and cooking food. Close to the kitchen are two huge sofas and these have been placed close to the cozy fireplace, which gives the home a comfortable warm space to overlook the woodland at night and during the winter.
You might think that the corrugation of the shipping containers would make the home interior take on an ugly appearance. However the corrugation is cleverly hidden behind drywall and this means that from the inside you would never know that the home is made from shipping containers. The exterior of the shipping containers have been painted in a color that is rustic and perfect for the woodland setting.
What do you think? Just as beautiful as “The 12 Container House”? I personally enjoy this one more. Just because it feels more like a home versus a cold structure, which most shipping container homes get accused of.