Originally constructed and modestly expanded over the course of the 1910s and 20s, this fish shack just off the main drag in Amagansett never benefited from the oversight of a consistent master planner. The result was a hodge-podge of tiny rooms under a low-slung ceiling with an irresistibly salty appeal.
We gutted the 520 sq. ft. cottage and reprogrammed its interior, creating two identical side-by-side bedrooms. Privacy is afforded by sliding partitions in lieu of swinging doors. A bathroom with a lavish stall shower gave the bathroom more space, as did the addition of a pocket door. An outdoor shower accommodates a second bather. The opening up of the kitchen/dining area permits fluid circulation into the living area. To give the cottage a roomier feel, we removed the existing low ceilings and clad the existing gable shape in pine shiplap. The structure’s livable space was expanded substantially by creating three exterior “rooms”, a sundeck for lounging, a patio for grilling, and a pergola-shaded loggia for dining.
LOCATION | Amagansett, New York
SIZE | 520 sf
YEAR COMPLETE | 2002/2009
SCOPE | Gut renovation and reprogramming of an early 1900’s fisherman’s house.
PARTNER IN CHARGE | Ward Welch in collaboration with Paul Rice Architecture
INTERIOR DESIGN | Ward Welch, Paul Rice
CONTRACTOR | Michael Davies, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Catherine Tighe