Above: A 1960’s Fire Island, New York A-Frame beach house re-designed by Bromley Caldari Architects. Photo: bromleycaldari.com
Located on Fire Island, New York a formerly derelict 1960’s A-Frame beach house was given a second chance with a contemporary re-thinking by Bromley Caldari Architects. Faced with a run down, leaking building with a cracked foundation the task that lay before the team was no easy one but recognizing the potential Bromey and Caldari pushed on and breathed new life into a classic architectural form. The beach house is a re-invigorated modern home very much in keeping with the architectural legacy of Fire Island forged by noted architects like Horace Gifford and Andrew Geller.
Bromley and Caldari began the project by taking advantage of a local law that permits bay windows to project up to two feet from the building envelope. Once extended, a larger staircase was staggered at different elevations on either side of the home, with a cat-walk balcony from the master bedroom to connect the two. Common areas and the kitchen are openly placed on the bottom floor with the master bedroom taking the entirety of the second. In the top space is a crow’s nest perfect for relaxing with a book or a quick bit of privacy. From any point on the three levels, inhabitants have clear views to the water and, to make things just a bit sweeter, there’s a crystal clear pool just a few yards from the back door. The ‘A-frame re-think’ is a light-filled structure, simple and to the point, just like it was intended to be.
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