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Sagaponack beach house

Design an addition that would take advantage of the views
Design an addition that would take advantage of the views
The new addition
The result
 
Bridgehampton, NY
Architect: Stelle Architects
Contractor: N/A General
Products used: 10 electric venting skylights

The owners have lived the last 20 years in this beach house in Sagaponack, New York, which is about a mile from the ocean and faces south over some spectacular Eastern Long Island farm fields. The project was to design an addition that would take advantage of the views, light and prevailing summer winds that have been such a big part of the owners' lives.

Bridgehampton, NY
Architect: Stelle Architects
Contractor: N/A General
Products used: 10 electric venting skylights

The owners have lived the last 20 years in this beach house in Sagaponack, New York, which is about a mile from the ocean and faces south over some spectacular Eastern Long Island farm fields. The project was to design an addition that would take advantage of the views, light and prevailing summer winds that have been such a big part of the owners' lives.

This addition would include a new kitchen, dining and living area that the owners had envisioned spending nearly all of their time in entertaining their large family and frequent guests. The house didn't have any air-conditioning and they wanted to keep it that way. The cool ocean breeze and the indoor/outdoor relationship of the house to it's surrounds were the most important aspects of the new addition.

A new gable addition was decided upon. It would have an extensive gourmet kitchen, an oversized fireplace facing the dining area and lots of south facing glass leading toward the pool and the view of the farm fields beyond. Then a series of ten VELUX electric venting skylights were proposed along the ridge, leaving the roof rafters in place.
The result not only exceeded the owner's expectations, but the architect's and contractor's too. The skylights work beautifully, even through the occasional tropical storms or hurricanes, and were cost effective. The skylights thoroughly ventilate the space, even during unusual heat waves and allow the sunlight to dance across the room throughout the day.