This project entailed the complete restoration of an 8-bedroom Victorian summer cottage in Southampton, Long Island. The residence is located roughly 800 feet from the ocean and was built in the 1870s. The addition displaced a portion of the existing square footage, but the finished 5400 sq ft provides modern facilities for a large extended family to convene comfortably without losing the internal or external architectural integrity of the original structure’s scale and detail.
Though still used primarily as a summer home, the owner wanted to maintain the casual and “very American” feel that had drawn them to purchase it, while adapting it for use in any season. The completed renovation includes four floors of living space with eight bedrooms, eight baths, formal and informal living and dining areas, a substantial kitchen and gracious exterior spaces for accommodating large parties. The house and its ancillary spaces feel much larger than the actual aggregate area, but neither are architecturally wasteful nor extravagant.