To get their ideally suited retreat within the Hamptons, Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea didn’t simply renovate one home — they overhauled two. But that wasn’t the unique plan.
In 2015, the couple purchased a small cottage in Amagansett, N.Y., for about $1 million, on a avenue nestled amid sand dunes extending to the ocean. The home was small — lower than 600 sq. toes — however they figured they didn’t want very a lot area. And even when they’d needed to develop, native constructing rules made it virtually unimaginable.
The construction, nevertheless, was in determined want of labor, so that they employed Kyle O’Donnell, the founding father of the New York-based agency Gramercy Design, to rebuild it throughout the authentic footprint.
“There was no insulation. There was barely a foundation. The rafters were undersized for the roof,” Mr. O’Donnell stated. “It was just a summer cottage, held up by not much. Everything had to be replaced.”
Mr. O’Donnell accomplished plans for the rebuild, however simply as building was about to begin, the couple, now each 62, started having second ideas. Mr. Shea, a contract artistic director, deliberate to go to the home solely periodically. But Mr. Selvaggi, a founding accomplice at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi, a Manhattan accounting and enterprise administration agency with movie star shoppers like Anne Hathaway and Timothée Chalamet, started dreaming about residing within the Hamptons virtually full-time in the summertime.
“I’m pretty much parked out there for as long as I possibly can be,” Mr. Selvaggi stated, including that his husband isn’t fairly as eager on spending limitless days on the sand. “He’s not as much of a beach guy as I am.”
Still, he apprehensive they could really feel cramped within the little cottage with their canine, Sherlock and Dodger. So it appeared like a stroke of luck when he struck up an opportune dialog with a neighbor at a avenue affiliation assembly.
“We were just chatting, and I said, ‘Oh, I love the street so much. It would be great if something larger came up,’” Mr. Selvaggi stated. “He said, ‘It’s too bad you can’t buy the house next to me. The owner is never there.’”
Intrigued, Mr. Selvaggi tracked down the house’s proprietor, acquired in contact and found that the proprietor was receptive to promoting. After some forwards and backwards, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea struck a deal to purchase the 1,150-square-foot home for about $1.9 million in November 2016.
Their second home, it turned out, wanted simply as a lot work as the primary, because it had acquired solely minor updates over time. But the thought of beginning two building tasks concurrently was daunting, in order building proceeded on the primary home, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea moved into the bigger one with out altering a factor.
By early 2018, the primary home was full. Rather than transferring in, the couple offered it to Anthony Bonsignore, Mr. Selvaggi’s enterprise accomplice, for $1.7 million, which Mr. Selvaggi stated allowed the couple to interrupt even.
Then they spent one other summer season of their bigger, unrenovated cottage after the constructing allow was delayed, and eventually started their second renovation in September 2019.
Much like the primary challenge, this one concerned mainly rebuilding the home from scratch throughout the authentic footprint. But by including dormers on the second ground, Mr. O’Donnell was in a position to increase the house’s measurement to virtually 1,350 sq. toes, making area for 3 fairly sized bedrooms and two full bogs.
The design features a new ground-floor terrace behind the home with a small pool and outside bathe, a pair of terraces off the first suite on the second ground, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the dunes.
The exterior of the home was beforehand brown-stained board-and-batten, however Mr. O’Donnell clad the brand new construction in cedar shingles and outlined the home windows in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, Mr. Selvaggi’s favourite coloration.
Inside, “the approach was to make it as colorful as possible, and as fun as possible,” Mr. O’Donnell stated, including that he needed to make the rooms really feel deeply comfy utilizing supplies that might face up to moist and sandy toes.
Most of the flooring is bleached, wide-plank white oak. In the lounge, he coated the ceiling with V-groove paneling and added a paneled element to the partitions, which he outlined in Stone Blue. “It’s kind of a nod to a ship captain’s house, or something you might see in older houses out there,” Mr. O’Donnell stated.
In the kitchen, which he relocated to create area for extra home windows, he put in teak cupboards harking back to ones that is likely to be discovered on a ship and added a countertop, backsplash and window trim in White Fantasy marble.
Upstairs, the first bed room has doorways that open to terraces on two sides: one for sitting and loosen up; the opposite, geared up with an out of doors bathe, for train. The exercise terrace additionally connects to the first lavatory, which is completed in azure hexagonal tile and white marble.
Construction was accomplished in June 2020, so Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea didn’t miss a single summer season on the seashore. Including the furnishings and inside finishes, Mr. Selvaggi estimated that the challenge value about $2 million.
Now, after residing via so a few years of building, they haven’t any intention of transferring wherever else. “It’s great out here,” stated Mr. Selvaggi, who can stroll to the seashore in lower than a minute and loves catching up with neighbors over cocktails within the night.
Maybe better of all, their new residence has simply the correct amount of area to comfortably accommodate the couple, their canine and friends, with out requiring an excessive amount of upkeep, he stated: “It’s the perfect size for a beach house.”
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