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Atlantic | Silver Award

A modern beach house minimizes environmental impact by maximizing vertical space. 


By Peter Fabris August 24, 2017
Atlantic home
This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Pro Builder.

Atlantic, Silver Award, Custom Home

Site: Amagansett, N.Y.
Entrant/Architect/Interior Designer/Photographer: Bates Masi + Architects
Builder: K. Romeo, Inc.
Size: 2,300 sf
Hard Cost, excluding land: N/A
Completion: October 2016

This modern Long Island beach home takes design cues from a historic life-saving station within sight. The exposed steel skeletal frame, resembling a post-and-beam design, emulates the interior of the rescue station. And just as the century-old building’s beams were used to hang equipment, this coastal retreat uses exposed I-beams to support structures including a stairway with steel rods supporting each tread. A wood stove sits on an exposed steel shelf hanging from a beam.

Elsewhere, a two-tiered roof deck offers a nod to the lookout cupola topping the rescue station. Weathered cedar siding provides a natural counterpoint to the steel and glass. To adhere to FEMA flood zone regulations, the home is elevated 6 feet above grade. The primary concern of local, county, and state agencies was to ensure the structure was compact to minimize environmental impact. In response, the 2,300-square-foot home maximizes vertical space. “It’s a lot of program in a small footprint,” says Paul Masi, principal of Bates Masi + Architects.

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