The Hamptons is a place synonymous with summer, beaches and luxury. And though luxury can sometimes bring on excess, more than a handful of New Yorkers have taken an eco-stance when it comes to building on Long Island’s pricey beaches. Take a look at this Bates Masi + Architects-designed home that features hurricane-proof prefabricated panels. Not only did the architects’ material choice give the house great structural strength suited for a post-Sandy world, but one look at this home and you’ll learn quickly that being sustainable doesn’t mean shorting yourself on style. Same for this beaut of a raised home right on the waterfront which lifts itself off the ground to protect against flooding. Although living on stilts doesn’t often ofter the same sophisticated look as a house set atop the sand, it certainly works for Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects’ Surfside Residence in Bridgehampton which appears to be floating above the dunes. The home’s magic doesn’t stop there: geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, rain screens, and anodized aluminum windows give it green cred to go with its gorgeous form. But if you find these homes too modern for your tastes, how about this cozy woodland retreat by Ryall Porter Sheridan? The Orient Artist Studio is a compact, energy-efficient retreat that works with its environment rather than against it and is built to Passive House standards. And finally, the best for last: HS2 Architecture’s Chiat Beach House. Though it might not scream “million dollar listing,” it’s still a stunner with a storied past, constructed around an 18th century Vermont barn frame that was salvaged, restored, and re-erected.
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