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House on Fire Island exterior modern-exterior

House on Fire Island exterior

Location: Fire Island, NY
Completion Date: 2008
Size: 3379 sf
Typology: Courtyard Series
Site Built Construction

o Bedrooms: 5
o Baths: 4
o Features: Roof Deck, Pool, Outdoor Shower, Media Room, Guest Suite, Balcony,

o Exterior: Cedar Lap Siding, Azek Infill Panels, Ipe Wood Decking
o Interior: White Oak Flooring, Stone & Teak Countertops, Slate Bathroom Floors, White Lacquer & Maple Cabinets, Aluminum Clad Wood Windows with Low E, Insulated Glass, Hot Rolled Black Steel Cladding

Project Description:

Located on Fire Island, a barrier island off of Long Island, NY, this bayfront house is the summer retreat for a family who lives and works in Manhattan.

The house is designed as two distinct volumes, to provide the parents and their adult children with separate quarters for living and entertaining. The volumes are clad in cedar and connected by a glass bridge, sheltering a courtyard and pool, which receive western exposure for maximum daylight.

The design of the house prioritizes views and access to the outdoors. The typical configuration of private spaces stacked on top of a lower public zone is flipped; in this residence, the communal upper level enjoys the best views and access to outdoor decks for entertaining. Kitchen, dining, and living space flows out to the bay beyond, ideal for watching summer sunsets. Large expanses of glass, in the form of continuous sliding doors break down the boundary between interior and exterior, and add to the airy, openess of the house.

The house embraces local island traditions, through both its construction process and its design. Cars are prohibited on the small island, so the house and its material were brought on barges to the site. The primary mode of transportation on the island is wagons and bikes. The design of the large curving entry ramp accommodates for this mode of transportation, allowing wagons to be wheeled right up to the front door. Plenty of parking for bikes is also provided. Natural ground cover of beach grasses and brush keep the site low maintenance and sensitive to local vegetation. The cedar siding ages to a silvery grey, and adapts this modern volume to the beachfront vernacular.

Architects: Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz
Project Architect: Paul Coughlin
Project Team: Jerome Engelking , Craig Kim, Michael MacDonald
Contractor: Island Painting & Contracting
Photographer: © RES4

What Houzz contributors are saying:

John Hill added this to Terraces Beckon the High Life
Climbing the stairs from the bottom level brings us to this terrace, a generous roof space with views of the Atlantic (reflected in the sliding glass doors). Wooden louvers helps to shade the interior from the summer sun. But how does one get to the uppermost roof?

What Houzzers are commenting on:

antobsc added this to antobsc's Ideas
October 27, 2014
Terrace fence
Jeff Sharon added this to Jeff Sharon's Ideas
September 16, 2014
Another potential concept for 15L
Bjorn Jackson added this to Bathroom Ideas
July 10, 2014
Siding and roof railing
jeelle added this to Common Area
March 13, 2014
Multiple doors
David Mainguy added this to CHALET CONTENEUR
November 13, 2013
Brun et Blanc
Feeney Inc. added this to Architects
September 30, 2013
Wow, awesome!
drsweber added this to lake house
September 5, 2013
Deck and roof deck
horsmanp added this to Exterior Ideas
August 30, 2013
P. Cowzer & Sons added this to paddy_cowzer’s ideas
July 24, 2013
cedar ideas
mgwii added this to mgwii's Favorites
July 14, 2013
venny16 added this to venny16's Ideas
July 7, 2013
Cottage Design
Rachel Gubser added this to Elkhorn Windows and doors
May 23, 2013
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May 15, 2013
Exterior casa
Modern Fan Company added this to Modern Fan Co. - Gallery 3
May 13, 2013
Brushed Aluminum Ball Fan
nimeera added this to nimeera's Ideas
April 29, 2013
thin wood slats - don't like
erinspahn added this to erinspahn's Ideas
April 12, 2013
lots of windows, elevated, unique
aparness2003 added this to cabana ceiling
February 27, 2013
More modern with weathered cedar
elsasada added this to elsasada's ideas
January 24, 2013
mas ideas de barandales
nickynoodle added this to House and Garden Ideas
December 8, 2012
same railing for deck
lcoenfer added this to Final selections
December 1, 2012
Possible shade cover between lower patio and upper deck.
rebecca153 added this to rebecca153's Favorites
November 2, 2012
dawneyerly added this to dawneyerly's ideas
September 11, 2012
Add a patio the roof.
latooria99 added this to latooria99's ideas
September 9, 2012
Janet Wilson added this to Garden ideas
September 3, 2012
stripes on the loungers look great with cedar horizontal.
franbg added this to franbg's Ideas
August 19, 2012
hargil added this to hargil's ideas
July 29, 2012
brise soleil shields western exposure
piarizalarchitects added this to piarizalarchitects's ideas
July 29, 2012
tlogank added this to tlogank's Ideas
July 10, 2012
Cool idea for container house
leinad44 added this to McGlamory ideas
June 17, 2012
dreab added this to dreab's Favorites
May 19, 2012
Great idea for 2 roof top terraces
dreamhousefoxriver added this to FoxRiver Dream House
April 27, 2012
Perfect, yes yes! second and third level decks!
nancyselleck added this to barn
April 22, 2012
wide top rail, wood posts, gray color
rons added this to rons's Favorites
April 19, 2012
Terrace house
saveur11 added this to saveur11's ideas
April 18, 2012
My future Terrace
jmoorecoll added this to outdoors
April 17, 2012
Wooden louvers over deck
verogg added this to verogg's Favorites
March 12, 2012
Jethany Lee, CKD added this to jethany's Favorites
March 4, 2012
roof top deck
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