I-Beam Transforms a Humdrum Long Island Home Into a Calm Oasis
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I-Beam Transforms a Humdrum Long Island Home Into a Calm Oasis

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By Kathryn McLamb
After years of incongruous add-ons and remodels, a tired abode finally gets a cohesive revamp.

When Carl Daguillard, founder and president of Stellae International Inc., stumbled upon a dated Long Island home back in the ’90s, he felt inspiration strike. Focusing on the property's bones rather than its inharmonious layout, he envisioned turning the home into an oasis where his family could spend weekends, temporarily escaping city living.

An exterior view of the recently renovated Daguillard House, located in Orient Point, New York.

An exterior view of the recently renovated Daguillard House, located in Orient Point, New York.

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"I wanted to create a unique, stress-free environment," Daguillard says. "A place where we could feel transplanted, while disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world."

The home is set on a tranquil site surrounded by lush forest.

The home is set on a tranquil site surrounded by lush forest.

The 4,000-square-foot home is illuminated with natural light thanks to large windows and skylights.

The 4,000-square-foot home is illuminated with natural light thanks to large windows and skylights.

Yet it wasn't until he met architect Azin Valy of I-Beam Design in 2012 that Daguillard was finally able to bring his dream to life. After years of diligently collaborating, the two treated the home to a gut renovation, transforming it into the contemporary getaway Daguillard originally imagined.

The former home suffered from years of incongruous additions and renovations. The architects strategically reconfigured the layout to achieve a cohesive, open interior.

The former home suffered from years of incongruous additions and renovations. The architects strategically reconfigured the layout to achieve a cohesive, open interior.

"Regardless of where you are in the house, you now feel connected to the outdoors," says Daguillard. "From inside the house, the view of the landscape is magnificent."

"Regardless of where you are in the house, you now feel connected to the outdoors," says Daguillard. "From inside the house, the view of the landscape is magnificent."

Although originally visualized as a weekend getaway, the 4,000-square-foot home now serves as the family's main residence. "We've been living in the home full-time for four months now and are truly enjoying the experience," notes Daguillard. "The openness of the house and the amount of natural light that floods throughout makes you feel connected to the outdoors, regardless of where you are inside."

The owner's love for pop art and bold colors is reflected throughout the home.

The owner's love for pop art and bold colors is reflected throughout the home.

"I call this house a total collaboration between architect and homeowner," says Daguillard. "Azin and I worked on this project as a team. My ideas were never too crazy nor too insignificant, and she integrated almost every idea that I had about the project into the design."

The master bath has a cool, neutral palette and a freestanding soaking tub.

The master bath has a cool, neutral palette and a freestanding soaking tub.

The backyard features a pristine pool and several alfresco entertaining areas shaded by cantilevering canopies.

The backyard features a pristine pool and several alfresco entertaining areas shaded by cantilevering canopies.

"It was a pleasure to work with Carl, as he is always open and enthusiastic about design and architecture," notes Valy, co-founder of the award-winning firm. "It was so much fun that we ended up working with him on several other projects, including his office and warehouse headquarters."

The home's ipe and mahogany decking is an homage to the wooden fishing boats that navigated along the Long Island coast for centuries.

The home's ipe and mahogany decking is an homage to the wooden fishing boats that navigated along the Long Island coast for centuries.

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: I-Beam Design / @ibeamdesign

Structural Engineer: David Reyhan, P.E.

Landscape Design: I-Beam Design & Carl Daguillard

Lighting Design: I-Beam Design