Oct. 01


Montauk Addition: Framing and Exterior Trim Decisions

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.

As you can see from these photos from yesterday, things are framing up quite nicely.

Here is my new view.

One of the big decisions yesterday was how Toby Logue, our contractor, was going to trim out the square windows.  He wanted to do a picture frame trim around each one that would look like this.

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.

Sep. 30


Reader Discount for Antiques and Art at the Armory

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Hi everyone!  I am off today to meet with my architect and builder on site in Montauk, NY where I am building an addition to our beach house.  I promise an update on that soon.  Here is a peek at what things looked like earlier this week.

I will be missing a great antiques and art show at the Park Avenue Armory, located on Park Ave at 66 Street in NYC, but hopefully my local readers will get a chance to go.  The show organizers have generously offered my readers a 50% discount on the admission price.  Tickets regularly sell for $25.  Just mention discount code: DBLOG.  You can purchase tickets at the show or online at www.avenueshows.com

Public Show Hours are:

Thursday, September 30  11:00 am-7:30 pm

Friday, October 1            11:00 am-7:30 pm

Saturday, October 2        11:00 am-7:30 pm

Sunday, October 3          11:00 am-5:30 pm

Have fun and happy hunting.  If you get anything,  I would love to hear about it, so please drop me a comment.

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