Iconic Fire Island architect Harry Bates designed this 1967 East Hamptons home which has undergone a renovation and expansion that raises the bar on coastal living.
Bates was a much sought after architect, who helped redefine oceanfront living along New York’s coast. He designed this boxy Long Island holiday home before founding his practice Bates Masi, and the firm revisited the summer house in 2009 to refurbish it for its new owners.
Now an exclusive holiday let, available via Sotheby’s International, the Barnes Landing property’s original cypress decking was salvaged and recycled as part of the updates, with a modern kitchen extension clad in the same material to blend old with new.
Red cypress timber panelling and a towering open fire command the living room, while the kitchen riffs on this earthy palette via red-lacquered cabinetry that pops against the leafy backdrop of the house’s woodland backyard.
Its rustic interiors retain their 60s vintage vibe, though the mezzanine office space feels particularly apt in the age of pandemic-induced remote-working. Bates Masi also introduced local Bluestone to the minimalist palette in the landscaping, bathrooms and kitchen.
Residents of the New York holiday home can enjoy the quiet seclusion of the property’s tree-lined surrounds, while also having access to Barnes Landing beach, which is a stone’s throw away.