Dune House, Amagansett NY

(Consultant to Page Goolrick Architect)

After two more radical designs by other architects to transform this 1970s-era beach house and compound, the owners realized they liked its original style and wanted to preserve it. The final project therefore keeps the existing footprint and massing, but makes judicious interventions including a small rear addition, a trellised entry porch, a protective sunscreen, larger decks, and additional windows to enhance the view.

However, the building’s damaged and precarious condition necessitated an almost complete reconstruction, including the addition of a steel structure for reinforcement in its exposed environment.

The interior is completely new. The mechanical system is heated and cooled by a geothermal well, and electricity is generated by an array of photo-voltaic panels that cover the entire south-facing main roof.