by Lynn Byrne
By Lynn Byrne. The big surprise yesterday when I visited the construction site for the addition to my beach house in Montauk, was that the sun was shining! We drove through torrential rain to get there. And fortunately for me, there were no surprises in the framing. Everything looked just as I expected it would. Always a good thing.
So what are we doing out there? Well, we are adding a second floor master bedroom suite. There will be a sitting room roadside, a large, much more luxurious bath than our old bath, a great dressing room and a fabulous bedroom with balcony overlooking Lake Montauk. The old master bedroom and bath had to be demolished, but it will be rebuilt below the new MBR and used as a much needed guest suite.
Because we are waterfront and we have nearby wetlands to deal with, we can only do a second story precisely where it is located (no doubling the size of the house). Plus, there are significant limitations on setbacks and height created by East Hampton Town’s infamous pyramid law. The design was totally driven by code. Still I think it is going to look cool.
As a refresher, this is what the house looked like last August. (You can read more about demo and working with your architect and contractor by clicking here.)
Here are the front and lakeside elevations by architect, Paul Osmolskis.
The room above the garage with the square windows will be the new master sitting room. On the lakeside, the room with the arched window (we call it the tower), will be my new master bedroom. The room below the balcony becomes the new guest suite.
Architect Paul and I decided against this look because our windows are close together and we wanted to see more shingle between each window. There will be no trim around the square windows. It will look something like this.
Another big decision has to do with the look of the foundation. In the before picture on the front stoop, you can see that the prior owner used a stacked faux stone product. The rest of the foundation is white cinderblock (yuck). The elevations show the stacked stone product carried around the house.
Now that things are really happening, I took a hard look at that stacked faux stone and knew immediately that it was UGLY. We are going with a real stone veneer, mixing up two patterns. The look will mimic what you often see in fireplace surrounds in older Montauk homes, generally called quite appropriately, “Montauk stone.” It is always good to stay with the local vernacular when choosing your exterior materials. These are my picks.
We also are residing the house. The previous owners stained the cedar shingles. Again, in Montauk, it is much more typical to allow the cedar shingles to weather naturally. Plus, by residing we can add some details like the fish scale shingles and diamond pattern shown in the elevation. And Toby will do a nice little flair at the bottom of the shingles where they meet the stone. It is all in the details.
I will return to Montauk when the windows are installed. More then.
All photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.