Project: New Residence connecting to an existing Cottage, Hampton Bays, New York
The existing cottage and pool can’t keep up. These people like to entertain! Looking to expand their living environment, this couple has been considering how to use the property’s “park like” setting for some time. The 3/4 acre site contains many perennial gardens and specimen trees that have been propagated for many years.
The program was to expand a new ground floor living space off the existing cottage and create a formal entry courtyard with garage on the more public, eastern side of the property. The new ground level living & dining rooms open directly onto the pool patio. A new entry opens to the courtyard. The main bedroom is placed on the 2nd floor, overlooking the pool and opens to an adjacent deck. An additional bedroom and studio are placed over the garage.
The existing 600 sq.ft. cottage, built in 1950’s, was once a nursery that serviced the adjacent road which connects the town to the local bay and ocean. The property is spotted with mature trees and overlooks a open lawn surrounded by a continuos hedgerow.
The clients desired the residence to be an energy-efficient design and composed of sustainable, long-lasting, low-maintenance materials. The energy system will be a geo-thermal radiant slab floor system powered by a 6kw electric solar array on the new south facing roof. Solar hot-water panels will also be utilized. The exterior siding and trim will be natural red cedar shakes and boards. Open cell soy-based spray foam insulation will provide a tight and efficient building envelope in both the old and new portions of the house.
Completion in 2013.