This fun three-story, split level house for a young family is nestled atop a bluff in Montauk, New York surrounded by sumac and spruce trees. The owners wanted their house to have a light, unpretentious, casual feel befitting a beach house in the sleepy surfing town of Montauk. Kevin Greenberg of design team Space Exploration, “employed a material palette of light, neutral colors and pale woods to create a tranquil, airy atmosphere that showcases an eclectic collection of furniture and objects, collected by the owners during travels to Morocco, Europe and Central America.”
The living area is situated on the top floor to maximize the dramatic views of Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay. Open to the living area, the kitchen acts as a flexible social setting. “Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and a large rectangular skylight flood the space with an abundance of natural light.”
Other design strategies included relocating and expanding windows in several rooms to better frame views and maximize light. Window systems with minimal jamb detailing were selected to emphasize the connection between indoors and outdoors.
“Countertops of marine-grade Baltic birch plywood – originally intended to be temporary – eventually won over the owners, who have decided to keep them. The kitchen table is a repurposed marble slab, which previously topped an island (since demolished) in the owner’s home in Brooklyn. The brass pulls in the kitchen are actually towel holders by the Japanese brand Futagami.”
Flooring throughout the top two floors is wide-plank red oak, blanched and stained nearly white.
We want our projects to be still and reserved, to whisper, rather than shout. We strive to imbue our work with understated elegance, and to design details that invite closer inspection, without demanding attention. Above all, we hope that the spaces we design will help to elevate and amplify the pleasure of all the small moments that give life meaning. Kevin Greenberg
The lower floor houses the children’s bedroom, a home office, and a sunken solarium/recreation room that opens directly to the house’s sprawling grounds.
Walnut shelving by Atlas Industries.
“Don’t settle for bad design. It’s an old adage, but we think it’s important that you should surround yourself only with things that bring you pleasure and peace of mind every time you experience or interact with them – from the color of your walls, to the tile in your bathroom, to your furniture, right down to the utensils in your kitchen. Invest in beautiful, lasting things that you love and get rid of the rest.” Kevin Greenberg
We couldn’t agree more. Sanctuary Seekers – what are some of the beautiful things you surround yourselves with?