Waterfront House

Long Island, NY

Located on the South Shore of Long Island overlooking Great South Bay, Fire Island barrier and the ocean beyond

The site on the South Shore of Long Island overlooks Great South Bay and the Fire Island barrier. Being sited just a few hundred feet from the water's edge, the idyllic context with sweeping southern views across the bay, informed most of the design decisions.

The house extends east-west parallel to the waterfront. The linearity of the floorplan reinforces the viewpoints and experience of the site. A double height living room with internal balcony stands at the center of the plan, organizing public areas to the east and private accommodation to the west. The spectacular views to the bay demanded an almost entirely glazed southern wall at first floor, with French doors affording easy access to lawns and pool. The whole is shaded and unified by a deep southern facing loggia with sun deck above.

A spacious 'widows walk' rooftop viewing deck affords unhindered 360 degree views of hinterland and coastline, across the bay and Fire Island to the ocean beyond.

Wide plank floors and bluestone flags inform the easy transition from indoors to out.