Decked Out

HGTV star Anthony Carrino's outdoor oasis

For many urban dwellers, a private outdoor oasis to host friends for barbecues and get-togethers is nothing short of a luxury. When HGTV star Anthony Carrino came upon a brick building built in Jersey City in 1892, he immediately fell in love not only with the bones of the interior, but its rooftop, which boasted stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. While it required a great deal of work, Carrino knew he could transform it into the home he envisioned.

A consummate entertainer, Carrino knew the building’s rooftop space would provide the extra square footage needed for large get-togethers and barbecues. To maximize use of the roof deck throughout the year and to give guests a shady spot to enjoy,

Carrino repurposed a shipping container to serve as his rooftop cabana, complete with a Cassina sofa and sliding glass doors for unobstructed views. When he’s home between trips for HGTV, the cabana is Carrino’s favorite place to relax and recharge.

A top priority for Carrino was to select materials created to beautifully endure the extremes of New Jersey’s bitter winters and blazing summers. Dekton, an ultra-compact surface material with a high resistance to UV, ice and thawing, was a must. “I used Dekton for both the flooring of my roof deck and my outdoor kitchen countertops. It gave me the sleek and contemporary aesthetic that I wanted and I knew it’d hold up to the elements. I don’t think anything but Dekton would survive on my roof deck!” Carrino also appreciates the material’s stain
resistance, making stubborn stains from coffee, wine and rust easy to clean up.

“I loved designing this space because it allowed me to explore a design aesthetic that’s different from what I created for my loft’s interior,” Carrino says. “It’s a lot easier to take chances outdoors because it’s a space inherently used for entertaining and isn’t something that’s always in use.”