Hutker Architects

Wild Shore

This waterfront home was designed for a family with deep roots in a historic island community overlooking Great South Bay. With access only by private ferry and no automobile travel allowed, the enclave remains much as it was a century ago. Bicycles are the standard means of travel so the house, which floats just above the native beach grass, was designed to connect to a wooden plank boardwalk that weaves along the shore, its elevation is nearly camouflaged among the surrounding trees. Inside, an open plan connects seamlessly to the outdoors through large sliding glass doors. Finish details such as indigenous rift sawn white oak on the walls, ceilings and floors, are a familiar nautical reference and a nod to the antique cottage that was original to the site.

Bar shelving sits within a recessed wall adjacent to the stairs with a decorative railing defining the spaces A cozy seating area with coastal blues and natural materials evokes the home sense of place out on the ocean Kitchen sits adjacent to a fully glazed wall, allowing natural light to infiltrate the home and brighten up the space A cozy seating area with coastal blues and natural materials evokes the home sense of place out on the ocean
The open plan seating area provides multiple options for the family, with couches, chairs, and window benching as just a few of the options Barn doors slightly open to reveal a den with a coffee table, couch and floor pillows A window bench lines the inside perimeter of the room, offers seating for a glass top table for coffee or breakfast, reminiscent of a screen porch
The bunk room with a built in ladder offers plenty of sleeping areas for visiting family and friends, with a seating bench against the windows An open frame with a vaulted ceiling reveals a spacious bedroom that boasts natural light The open floorplan of the home brings a lot of light in through the windows and allows for a range of seating areas to gather An open frame with a vaulted ceiling reveals a spacious bedroom that boasts natural light
An outdoor deck with a couch and tables provide a relaxing shaded spot under an umbrella An outdoor dining table with four seats sits on the deck looking out over the ocean view. A dog lounges on the terrace where outdoor uncovered seating meets a covered porch, with the view of the ocean beyond
Details of the wood clad walls with a scone providing reading light to the side of the bed A guest room with two beds floods with light The downstairs is illuminated by natural light from the floor above, causing shadowplay on the floor below the staircase A guest room with two beds floods with light