The new kitchen and dining area in the rear becomes the social zone with stackable folding glass doors connecting this space with the deck and garden outside. The three-level house now feels cheerful modern and yet timeless – a sense of poise that the homeowners longed for!
The idea was to facilitate a transition from the old to the new rather than a sudden or drastic change of style. Many of the original Victorian elements and fixtures that could be preserved and given a new lease of life were don so without hindering the addition of newer elements and design ideas.
The idea of giving an aging a modern revamp is something that we see catching on among homeowners across the globe. Some opt for the renovation because their home urgently needs one and others long for an aesthetic makeover that gives their house a more contemporary context.
Designed originally in the 1960’s by one of the disciples of in East Hampton is a home that has plenty of nostalgic and sentimental value to its owners. Post the storm surge created by Hurricane Sandy much of the original home was extensively damaged and Bates Masi Architects were brought it to create a new residence for the family that borrowed heavily from its previous form and silhouette.
Slanting roof forms give the façade another unique feature while functional arrangement of spaces inside the house makes life much easier. A wooden deck outside extends the living area outside while an area originally designated for the garage has been turned into a beautiful home office that also serves as an additional guest room.
Despite its seemingly refined exterior with clean lines and plenty of modernity the interior feels much more modern and bamboo plywood surfaces give it a cozy inviting appeal.
A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.
Designed by Field Architecture a metal and wood frame anchors the home with glass walls and sliding glass doors connecting the interior with the woods outside. Concrete walls and the entrance and in the kitchen offer more textural contrast while different wildlife species passing through the lot are left undisturbed even as the homeowners enjoy life inside its peaceful confines.