North Fork Bay House
Lifted Double-Wide/Courtyard Hybrid
This prefab beach house, with direct access to Great Peconic Bay, is designed to be a weekend retreat for a young Brooklyn family of four, and seasonal residence for the client's Florida-based parents. The prefabricated modules are set upon the site-built steel frame, offering views of the bay through the underside of the house as one arrives via the long tree-lined gravel drive, while providing space for parking below the house. One enters up an open-riser exterior cedar stair to an entry courtyard deck where adjacent trees fill the view and sunlight flows into the house. Full-height sliding glass doors facing the bay connect the open-plan communal space to a large bayside deck and the beach beyond. After a day enjoying the beach and boating on the water, hop in the outdoor shower before heading back into the house!
As a weekend beach house, the family's two young girls enjoy their fun bunk room with custom built-in Baltic Birch bunk beds with integrated toy cubbies. Parents and grandparents also appreciate their own custom built-in Baltic Birch bed platforms with integrated side tables and headboards, as well as the built-in natural Maple wardrobes. Large-format tile flooring throughout the house, Caesarstone countertops, and stainless steel appliances make for easy cleaning. Exterior materials, chosen for their durability, hold up to the harsh coastal climate. Kynar-coated corrugated aluminum siding withstands the corrosive salt air while providing beautiful, cool tones and texture. These cool tones are complimented by warm natural cedar siding, cedar stairs, 2x2 cedar railings, cedar brise soleil, and Ipe decking. While the house is not technically within a FEMA-designated flood zone, the strategy of lifting the house on a steel frame with concrete slab below is in response to the client's concerns about potential future flooding. This strategy simultaneously presents a great opportunity to create shaded and sheltered outdoor space below the house for relaxing, parking, and woodworking, including the grandfather's latest project: building a small sailboat.