If you're thinking about summer and the beach, fit this lovely vacation home in Bridgehampton into your daydreams. Remodeled from an older and dilapidated home, Surfside is nestled into the sand dunes and enjoys a lovely, low impact existence. The Long Island vacation home was designed by Stelle Architects who took inspiration from the surrounding landscape and made sure to incorporate free energy to make it more energy efficient. Shading, breezeways, and natural ventilation are used to provide passive cooling, while a geothermal heat pump and rooftop solar panels help provide mechanical climate control. This light-filled home is equally saturated with the landscape and the seascape.
The Surfside vacation retreat includes the main house, a guest house, a two-car garage, and a free-form, chlorine-free pool. The home was remodeled from an existing home. The structure was elevated and upgraded with a durable steel frame, and clad in wood and cement panel rain screen with anodized aluminum windows. Natural daylight and ventilation play a crucial role in the home’s climate strategy and light flows in from all sides, while sliding doors connect the interior with the exterior and create cross breezes. The new home appears to float above the dune although it is really nestled into it. White walls and full height windows create a bright and pleasing interior.
The ground floor features two bedrooms and two bathrooms for guests as well as a utility room, sauna, entryway, and a breezeway that leads directly through to the beach and the ocean. The first floor includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, and master suite, all of which are surrounded by a large covered deck. A geothermal heat pump provides energy heating and cooling, while photovoltaic panels on the roof generate power for the home. The dunescape around the house was resorted with native plants like beach grass and bayberry, and a chlorine free pool sits behind the house.
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