A holiday home in the Hamptons: these words alone conjure up images of glamour and exclusivity. This stylish house by the beach creates the sense that nature is pouring into a warm family home—a place that has quickly become a refuge from frenetic Manhattan life.
The light-filled 17,000sqft abode features eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms; it is big enough to accommodate the family of five plus 20 of their friends over the summer, while being cosy enough for the parents to enjoy a romantic weekend for two. Achieving all this took some clever design on the part of architectural firm SBP Homes and interior designers Pembrooke & Ives. These two firms often pair up to create the kind of sunlit houses that are becoming increasingly popular on America’s east coast.
With its beach setting, the house will be predominantly used in summer, hence the extensive use of glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that let dazzling sunlight in. Achieving this, however, was an uphill battle. Part of the reason why the Hamptons retains its feeling of exclusivity is the uniformity of the design in its picturesque villages, which means planning permission is often more complicated for the front facade of houses than the back.
“The front of the house had to be a little more traditional in keeping with the town rules of Southampton Village,” says Nicdao. “We contrasted the back facade of the house with a very slick, modern look using minimal Vitrocsa doors that maximise the natural light filtering into the home. The doors slide into each other to open up the entire home to the exterior.”
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