Long Island Found

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June 6, 2011
Originally published in Beach Houses We Love

When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s humble roots and mellow vibe, while subtly bringing the place up to date.

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  "I think an architect’s job is to celebrate what people really care about and simplify and streamline the rest.” —Page Goolrick
    "I think an architect’s job is to celebrate what people really care about and simplify and streamline the rest.” —Page Goolrick
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  The open-plan living-kitchen-dining area is a repository of design icons, both classic and contemporary. There’s a Louis Poulsen pendant lamp over the Eero Saarinen dining table; Mirror Ball pendants by Tom Dixon over the kitchen counter; and Tab F1 floor lamps from Flos behind the Edward Wormley–designed Dunbar sofa. In the living room, chairs modeled on Jens Risom’s swivel design enable people to face either the sofa or to spin 180 degrees toward the kitchen.
    The open-plan living-kitchen-dining area is a repository of design icons, both classic and contemporary. There’s a Louis Poulsen pendant lamp over the Eero Saarinen dining table; Mirror Ball pendants by Tom Dixon over the kitchen counter; and Tab F1 floor lamps from Flos behind the Edward Wormley–designed Dunbar sofa. In the living room, chairs modeled on Jens Risom’s swivel design enable people to face either the sofa or to spin 180 degrees toward the kitchen.
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  A Mirror Ball pendant by Tom Dixon hovers over the kitchen counter.
    A Mirror Ball pendant by Tom Dixon hovers over the kitchen counter.
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  A Tab F1 floor lamp from Flos stands behind the Edward Wormley–designed Dunbar sofa.
    A Tab F1 floor lamp from Flos stands behind the Edward Wormley–designed Dunbar sofa.
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  Eight-year-old Emily peeks out from a sliding panel door with matte marine hardware that will age gracefully in the salty air.
    Eight-year-old Emily peeks out from a sliding panel door with matte marine hardware that will age gracefully in the salty air.
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  Ten-year-old Henry cuddles with three-year-old Grace.
    Ten-year-old Henry cuddles with three-year-old Grace.
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  Because the ocean is so close to the house, the Fisher family treats the beach like an extended backyard.
    Because the ocean is so close to the house, the Fisher family treats the beach like an extended backyard.
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  In the living room, a warm woodsy palette reigns, with a few blue-gray notes to create a serene mood.
    In the living room, a warm woodsy palette reigns, with a few blue-gray notes to create a serene mood.
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  The color of the Fishers’ front door was inspired by an old Land Rover Defender’s hue, which Charlie had Benjamin Moore custom-match.
    The color of the Fishers’ front door was inspired by an old Land Rover Defender’s hue, which Charlie had Benjamin Moore custom-match.
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  To maximize the limited square footage, there are few swinging doors in the house; instead, each bedroom has a pocket door that slides into the wall.
    To maximize the limited square footage, there are few swinging doors in the house; instead, each bedroom has a pocket door that slides into the wall.
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  Sheer curtains let light and breezes into the master bedroom.
    Sheer curtains let light and breezes into the master bedroom.
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  Henry and Emily share a bedroom and a bunkbed made by Ducduc, an American furniture company. Thanks to panel doors that slide into the walls, the bedrooms balance privacy with openness to the rest of the house. With a guestroom and trundle beds in the kids’ rooms, the 1,357-square-foot house can easily sleep four adults and five children—more if people crash on the couches.
    Henry and Emily share a bedroom and a bunkbed made by Ducduc, an American furniture company. Thanks to panel doors that slide into the walls, the bedrooms balance privacy with openness to the rest of the house. With a guestroom and trundle beds in the kids’ rooms, the 1,357-square-foot house can easily sleep four adults and five children—more if people crash on the couches.
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