Believe it or not, this modern A-frame was actually a derelict beach house first built in the 1960s. Located on Fire Island, New York, the original house featured four dark bedrooms, a leaky ceiling and an unsightly spiral staircase that blocked the gorgeous waterfront views. So in 2013, Bromley Caldari Architects completely renovated the space, gutting the old staircase and adding two bay windows on either side of the house. Inside, a new spiral staircase is an architectural marvel, and finishing touches like stainless steel appliances and contemporary furnishings add to the new modern look.
Bromley Caldari Architects called this house the “A-Frame Re-Think” because there were plenty of obstacles associated with the structure. A lack of windows meant the four bedrooms were dark at all hours, and poor planning caused the bulky staircase to interrupt the views to the water. In the end, the homeowners were willing to sacrifice two bedrooms in order to eliminate the eye-sore staircase.
The architects completely rebuilt the staircase to wrap around the perimeter of the space. The staircase now tucks into two new bay windows that are staggered at different elevations on either side the house. A catwalk balcony off the master bedroom on the second floor connects the two staircases. The open concept living room and kitchen is especially airy.
The kitchen is super minimal. Clad in a light-toned wood, the pantry, cabinets and drawers all disappear into the wall panels. The glass shelving and simple track lighting complete the seamless look.
Located on the second floor, the master bedroom has one of the best views in the house. When privacy is needed, the sliding glass door fog up and become opaque at the flick of a switch.
A small dining table looks out onto the ocean and pool. If hosting a large get-together, there’s more than enough space for a grand dining table here.
If the ocean water is too chilly for you, jump into the in-ground pool. We’re already daydreaming of summertime drinks poolside!
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Believe it or not, this modern A-frame was actually a derelict beach house first built in the 1960s.