A New House in the Hamptons
This modest Cape Cod cottage was built on the water in West Neck, Long Island. The lot is composed of three smaller lots that were combined, which created some restrictions. The house and site layout maximize the footprint that was allowed by local zoning law.
The client was a European gentleman who had owned another property across the street since 1986. He wanted to build a new summer home for his daughter. The finished shingled house is laid out with an entry hall leading to a large living room looking west through a large picture window towards Great Peconic Bay. The kitchen and dining room are open to the living room, creating large amounts of light in all three rooms. The living room also boasts a large brick fireplace at its center. The rest of the house includes four bedrooms/bathrooms, a powder room, a laundry room and a mud room off the kitchen. The majority of the interiors were detailed using traditional painted butterfly bead board walls, painted wood trim doors and bleached oak floors.
Still, it seems at home in its neighborhood, which was absolutely the architect’s intent. Sammons favors a regional response for any building he designs, aiming to place it at ease within its context. The idea is to make it look as though it’s always been there, even if it hasn’t.
“If I’m building in Ohio, I’d be looking at Federal and Greek Revival,” he adds. “I always want to add a piece that makes the place more like a place, rather than less of a place. The question is: How does it add up with its neighbors?”