In a complete renovation of a bayside A-frame house on Fire Island, New York, Bromley Caldari Architects turned a seasoned beach rental into a sleek hideout. Rethinking the iconic 1960s A-frame form, the architects broke through the envelope of the building to weave a sculptural staircase through the airy three-story structure. A typical A-frame, the house had a spiral staircase splitting down the middle, four dark and cramped bedrooms, a leaky roof, and a cracked pile foundation – not the pristine vacation home that is so often associated with Fire Island Pines.
The poolside sunsets over the Great South Bay were not to be discounted and the potential was there, yet blocking the fantastic view and occupying the heart of the house was the old six-foot diameter steel spiral staircase. The clients wanted the removal of the staircase and were willing to sacrifice a bedroom or two to make it happen.
With the lot coverage at its limit, Bromley Caldari took advantage of a local law that permits bay windows to project a maximum of two feet out from the building envelope. The new staircase would tuck into two large bay windows staggered at different elevations on each side of the house with a catwalk balcony off of the master bedroom to connect the two sides. Weaving from one side to the other as you ascend the three floors, the staircase offers views of the bay framed at each elevation.
On the main level, a double-height living/dining room stretches the length of the window-clad north facade. The open kitchen and house utilities run along the south side. The master bedroom suite features full-height glass sliding doors that take advantage of the view. Although the doors stay mostly open, when guests are present and privacy is required, the sliding glass doors fog up at the flick of a switch.
Under the peak on the third level is a quiet second bedroom and den (that acts as the third bedroom when needed). The two rooms are connected by a walk-through bathroom – a glass shower enclosure on one side and a glass- enclosed powder room on the other. Pocket doors at each end allow for privacy.
Photos: Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects
This incredible modern beach house has been designed by West Chin Architects, located in Long Beach, New York. The home features a 26 foot wide, 3-ton airport glass hanger door in the living room that opens to the Atlantic Ocean. The residence is sited on a 60′ wide x 100′ deep corner lot on the Atlantic Ocean is an addition to the fabric of a community which is a city by the sea; an absolutely beautiful dichotomy of nature and man.
This is the first house in the United States to use the environmentally conscious structurally dynamic BBS wood structural panels from Austria. These panels allow a minimal floor slab thickness and large spans, and in the same breadth provides insulation value. The BBS acts as the interior and / or exterior finishes in many cases; this was a warm balance to the vast amount of glass on the facade and the exposed reinforced thermal concrete wall.
The use of a solar panel on the south facing roof will put energy back on the grid during the week, when the house is not in use. And during the weekends it will supplement the electrical needs of this 5,500 square foot house.
At the top of the interior stair one will find the 26’ wide bi-fold garage door that opens up to an unobstructed view of the ocean, beaches and horizon. Every element of this beach home takes advantage of its natural surroundings.
Photos: West Chin Architects
This Southampton beach house is a luxury summer retreat that has been designed by New York based studio Alexander Gorlin Architects, situated in Southampton, New York. This two story modern home was completed in 2008, built with European limestone and African hardwood. The 12,000 square foot home is located in the East End of the Hamptons and takes full advantage of its position between the bay and the ocean by offering sweeping views of the water. Entering the house, one is greeted by a dramatic cantilevered room on the upper floor that extends 20 feet over a patio. With an emphasis on entertaining, the house comprises three master bedrooms, three guest suites, staff quarters, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace.
Photos: Courtesy of Alexander Gorlin Architects
Designer Thom Filicia brought a derelict 1917 Skaneateles lake house back to life, transforming it into a gathering place for friends with rustic, but sophisticated decor in Onondaga County, New York. The rooms are filled with his designs rooms filled with his designs, with most of the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and curtain hardware are from his home collections for Vanguard, Kravet, Safavieh, and Classical Elements.
The living room’s Skaneateles sofa by Vanguard has a low back, so it doesn’t block views of its namesake upstate New York lake.
Restoration Hardware‘s Iron and Rope mirror leans on the living room mantel.
In the dining room, Buckley Royal linen upholstery softens both the walls and the Greek Peak chairs, named after a local ski resort. Restoration Hardware’s Burlap Dome pendant canopies the Bordino dining table from Vanguard Furniture, whose finish echoes paint-rubbed floorboards sealed with tung oil. Ceiling and trim, Dogwood Blossom by Pittsburgh Paints.
Filicia hung a vintage papier-mâché ram’s head over the kitchen’s movable island: “I wanted this to look like a room that just happened to become a kitchen.”
Inspired by existing plank doors, Filicia applied battens to the walls and ceiling of the den, “our cozy retreat where we can hide from the world.” Here and throughout the house, he banished recessed downlights from a 1960s renovation, because they were antithetical to an intimate mood and period provenance. Circa 1900 Collection Train Station Swing-Arm Sconces by Restoration Hardware, illuminate his Lincoln Hill sofa and an unknown artist’s faux-bois resin painting.
Stout rope provides the stairway’s nautical handrail. Filicia removed the stair railing to open up the view from the entrance to the water. Madagascar Glacier runner, Sacco Carpet.
Having admired diamond-shaped windows in stately old Syracuse houses, Filicia introduced several here as a repeating motif: “I like how they float in a wall.” This one punctuates a screen wall between master bedroom and shower. On the bed, an orange duvet from Serena & Lily warms up a blue one from John Robshaw. The adjoining bathroom has twin Kohler vanities and Arhaus mirrors.
Architectonics tiles from Waterworks line the shower. Flooded with sunlight, it is “the next best thing to an outdoor shower.”
In contrast to the “more buttoned-up” guest room upstairs, a downstairs counterpart is “fun and flirty.” A Hudson’s Bay blanket from Woolrich on the updated four-poster picks up the pillow colors.
“In summertime, the boathouse is our waterfront home base,” Filicia says. Besides storing towels, water skis, and life preservers, it shelters a touch pad for controlling music from dockside speakers. Inside, vintage chairs are grouped beneath a papier-mâché chandelier. Come winter, the pavilion doubles as weatherproof storage for the folding dock, paddleboards, and other gear.
The fire pit, the dock, and a Gerald DiGiusto 1960s steel sculpture in designer Thom Filicia’s yard.
Photos: Eric Piasecki
Spotted on Sotheby’s, this stunning duplex penthouse features brilliant light, quality craftsmanship and timeless design mingled together to create a one of a kind on Greenwich Street, New York. This three bedroom loft offers 4,500 square feet of interior living with an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space and private elevator. Upon entering the loft you find classic open-style loft living with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls, skylights, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and home office. The skylit chef’s kitchen features a 5-burner Miele cooktop, double ovens, Sub-Zero and Italian granite counter tops. A spectacular cantilevered solid oak and steel staircase leads to a stunning master suite, with dressing room, spacious bath, kitchenette, and living room. Experience unparalleled indoor/outdoor living with breathtaking water views via floor to ceiling windows that slide open to the terrace. Outside are multiple entertaining areas, & top notch materials such as IPE decking, granite sandstone, hot tub, custom lighting and irrigation systems.
This spectacular New York penthouse is listed for sale at $8,995,000, from here.
Turett Collaborative Architects have sent us images of their latest project, a Manhattan, New York Penthouse, sitting fifty four floors high, with the Statue of Liberty, the horizon over Long Island and the whole of Central Park in view. The clients had a vision of the space, requesting clean design, a layout maximizing panoramic views, and the celebration of an exclusive collection of Asian art. This penthouse renovation came equipped with a unique challenge for the clients. They were moving out of a suburban estate that was almost four times as large as this 5,000 square foot penthouse. Therefore, the design had to go beyond aesthetics and maximize every square inch, incorporating amenities that would typically be found in much grandeur homes.
Penthouse architecture demands unique consideration. A sense of openness and comfort are optimized not only by careful attention to layout, but also through the blending of materials and textures.
New room partitions were crafted of concrete with wood-grain textures. High-gloss ceilings and lacquer panel walls extend the impact of the floor-to-ceiling windows. A glass enclosed study provides acoustic separation with no interruption of the view. Stainless steel wall insets serve as ideal displays for South Asian sculpture.
To maintain the clean, unbroken lines, heightened attention to finish included camouflaged electrical outlets and concealed sound systems, detailed indirect lighting, and self-closing pocket doors. State-of-the-art audio-visual systems are concealed behind nearly invisible doors.
Plentiful pantry, storage, and closet space keeps clutter to a minimum, and tucked-away amenities abound: the mirror in the master bath is two-way, concealing a television behind; the wine refrigerator and water cooler disappear behind custom cabinetry and wall panels.
Kitchen cabinets are faced in back-painted glass. Other rooms feature meticulously selected and matched stone slabs, custom wood veneers, and linen wall coverings. And a final touch that only a penthouse can enjoy: skylights (with both sun-shades and black-out shades) in the foyer and den further flood the home with natural light.
Photos: Travis Dubreuil
Classic and modern describes the interiors of this countryside family home designed by S. B. Long Interiors, situated in Rye, Westchester County, New York. A variety of colors, patterns and textures were used to add depth and interest to each space and finished it off with a mixture of contemporary painting and fine art photography. The light fixtures are fun and modern and compliment the distinctive color palettes. This home features exciting ceiling and floor details such as crocodile porcelain tiles in the Sunroom. Metallic croc ceilings in the Butler’s Pantry, chevron patterned floors and ceilings in Her Office and Bath, and a boldly striped floor in the Mudroom. Each room in this vibrant family home has its own unique personality.
Photos: Neil Landino
This Tribeca penthouse is a complete modern renovation by Turett Collaborative Architects of a two floor penthouse apartment in TriBeCa, New York. Located on 41 Warren Street, the penthouse makes best use of every angle and every view. The architecture firm’s signature design brings the outside in with over-sized windows and glass doors, multiple skylights, three large terraces, and a massive private roof deck with expansive views.
It’s easy to imagine the cozy night at home with a wood burning fireplace. The dining terrace with a built-in gas grill could kindle thoughts of summer entertaining. With Terra Mai Teak 6″ wood floor planks, Novelda Crème limestone walls, a teak tub deck and separate sauna and steam rooms, the master bathroom offers the prospects of personal indulgence after a stressful day at work. The elements flow together, delivering a contemporary design that connects with NYC aesthetic sensibilities.
Creating Your Signature Tribeca Penthouse
Turett Collaborative Architects is known for a signature design that blends contemporary aesthetics, natural and industrial materials and creative use of every square foot of urban space. We collaborate closely with our clients to create the home that fits their lifestyles. Knowing what you want may be difﬁcult to define. You may only have a loose understanding of what it is that you want. The design process also may inspire some anxiety. The most important thing is to not worry and take a deep breath. Every project starts with a fair number of unknowns. We are here to listen to your needs, distill and translate our award-winning design into a home that works for you and your family.
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Prospect Heights solar is a late 19th century rowhouse that was given a modern overhaul by CWB Architects, located in the Prospect Heights Historic District of Brooklyn, New York. To convert the aging four-story building into a modern, single-family home, the architects completed a gut renovation that included a 1,226 square foot garden-level rental unit. Although mostly new materials and finishes, many details original to the house were salvaged, restored and then integrated into the home’s contemporary aesthetic.
Sunlight finds its way into almost every corner of the 3,362 square foot home through strategically placed skylights and an interior light well. The wood floor in the stair hall, typically the darkest space in a rowhouse, was replaced with walkable glass panels, transforming the space into a tower that diffuses light rather than absorbing it. The effect is replicated from the parlor floor up, terminating in a ceiling punched with two skylights specifically designed to bounce light down into the spaces below.
A sunroom extension benefits from direct southern exposure through a restored bay window and new skylight.
The master bathroom is illuminated by the interior light well which spans 2 stories up to the roof.
In addition to their taste for modern architecture, the owners are inclined toward architecture that is also environmentally friendly. To help reduce the carbon footprint, a new green roof was installed at the extension in addition to a 4.5 kW solar PV array at the main roof. This system reduces the electrical load by up to 80% over the course of the year.
Photos: Francis Dzikowski
Prospect Heights Row House is a stunning renovation project carried out by Delson or Sherman Architects situated in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. On a tight budget, architect Jeff Sherman purchased this wrecked row house, which in it’s previous life had been used as an illegal breeding kennel. Even before its fall the home suffered from common row-house ailments: dark in the middle and spatially flat. The architect worked as his own contractor and builder for ten years, transforming the scariest building on the block into a high-design home for about $100 per square foot. The entire center section of the house was opened up to draw light in and counteract the darkness which is typical of row houses. Now, a long slot of skylight spills daylight into the double-height dining room, about which the rooms on both floors are arrayed. To disperse the light, one bedroom wall is translucent; the other, open shelves. A two-story storage tower wrapped in copper defines the foyer.
After the architect cut a giant hole in the center, the room configuration quickly laid itself out. The kitchen went in the back, the living room in the front, and the two-story space became the dining room. Upstairs, there’s a bedroom in the front, a bedroom in the back, and a catwalk connecting the two. “I also wanted to separate the living room from the foyer and to activate the full height of the space, so I built a volume that contains storage space and extends from the first floor to the roof. I covered it in inexpensive copper flashing so it would read as a single object,” states Sherman.
To make sure the light well over the dining area read as “a hole, rather than just a bending of the Sheetrock plane,” Sherman clad the first-floor ceiling in inexpensive tongue-and-groove cedar closet liner from Home Depot. Bonus: “I like the smell of cedar,” says Sherman, and now the house carries a faintly woodsy scent.
The marble fireplace was uncovered by the architect under a half dozen layers of paint.
The dining area is bright and airy, thanks to the skylight-topped hole cut in the center of the structure. The ceiling is clad in cedar closet liner; the dining chairs and table base are from Ikea.
To consolidate most appliances and food storage, keep his compact kitchen looking neat, and save money on cabinets, Sherman built a closet into the kitchen wall (“Cabinets are expensive but closets are cheap,” he offers). Inside is a countertop, blackboard surface, toaster oven, garbage cans, magnetic knife rack, and plenty of shelves. When the doors are closed, the unit recedes from view.
The copper-covered volume extends from the first floor, where it contains coat and shoe storage.
To cover up his shoe-storage shelves, Sherman bought bamboo bead curtains from the Callaloo Company emblazoned with an image of the Madonna. He separated out every other strand to create two curtains from one, resulting in twinned pixelated images. The resulting pattern is “like a Chuck Close that everyone can afford,” says Sherman.
The master bedroom wall that faces the light well is made from a double layer of corrugated-plastic panels, with a sheet of vinyl from Canal Plastics Center sandwiched between them for translucency. The wall lets sunlight and moonlight into the room while still maintaining privacy.
The copper-covered volume proceeds to the second floor, where it forms a storage wall in Sherman’s home office.
The tin panels lining the stairs are original to the house.
Sherman sits in front of his Prospect Heights home. The front door is made from etched Lexan bulletproof glass.
Photos: Hulya Kolabas Photography / Dustin Aksland for Dwell