A three-ton hangar door lifts to invite ocean breezes into this resilient, beachfront home.
Surfer vibes go minimal in this award-winning, beachfront home designed by New York–based West Chin Architects. Situated on a narrow corner lot in a Long Island neighborhood, the home is clad in cedar with a low-pitched roof that protects from the summer sun and ushers in winter warmth. One hundred pilings and a vertical, concrete wall anchor the home soundly from the threat of Atlantic hurricanes.
This relatively narrow home—only 100 feet long and 60 feet wide—boasts 5,500 square feet of living space, oriented for the best views. The overarching goal for this property was to create a home in which most rooms optimized the location of being on the ocean, says West Chin, the project’s designer and principal architect.
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The family desired a modern, minimalist aesthetic, with family-friendly features like a playroom and comfortable seating. Versatile, sturdy, cross-laminated structural wood slabs from Austria run through the interior, and travertine floors easily withstand daily exposure to the salty sea breeze and sand that comes with the open hangar door.
Furthering the sense of unity between indoors and out is the incredible shower in the master suite, which has a retractable glass ceiling. Stacked river pebbles and a travertine floor complete the peaceful aesthetic.