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An East Hampton Renovation Fit for a Ship’s Captain

To get their ultimate 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 road 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 space. And even when they’d wished to broaden, native constructing laws made it virtually not possible.

The structure, nonetheless, 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 unique 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 start out, the couple, now each 62, started having second ideas. Mr. Shea, a freelance artistic director, deliberate to go to the home solely periodically. But Mr. Selvaggi, a founding companion at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi, a Manhattan accounting and business administration agency with superstar purchasers like Anne Hathaway and Timothée Chalamet, started dreaming about dwelling 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 infinite days on the sand. “He’s not as much of a beach guy as I am.”

Still, he nervous 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 road affiliation meeting.

“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, received in contact and found that the proprietor was receptive to promoting. After some backwards and forwards, 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 obtained solely minor updates over time. But the concept 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 shifting in, the couple bought it to Anthony Bonsignore, Mr. Selvaggi’s business companion, for $1.7 million, which Mr. Selvaggi stated allowed the couple to interrupt even.

Then they spent one other summer time of their bigger, unrenovated cottage after the constructing allow was delayed, and at last started their second renovation in September 2019.

Much like the primary project, this one concerned principally rebuilding the home from scratch throughout the unique footprint. But by including dormers on the second flooring, Mr. O’Donnell was capable of increase the house’s dimension to virtually 1,350 sq. toes, making space for three fairly sized bedrooms and two full bogs.

The design contains 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 flooring, 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 structure in cedar shingles and outlined the home windows in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, Mr. Selvaggi’s favourite colour.

Inside, “the approach was to make it as colorful as possible, and as fun as possible,” Mr. O’Donnell stated, including that he wished to make the rooms really feel deeply comfy utilizing supplies that might stand 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 space for extra home windows, he put in teak cupboards harking back to ones that is perhaps discovered on a boat 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 calm down; the opposite, geared up with an outside bathe, for train. The exercise terrace additionally connects to the first toilet, 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 time on the seaside. Including the furnishings and inside finishes, Mr. Selvaggi estimated that the project value about $2 million.

Now, after dwelling by means of so a few years of building, they haven’t any intention of shifting anyplace else. “It’s great out here,” stated Mr. Selvaggi, who can stroll to the seaside in lower than a minute and loves catching up with neighbors over cocktails within the night.

Maybe better of all, their new house has simply the correct amount of space to comfortably accommodate the couple, their canine and visitors, with out requiring an excessive amount of upkeep, he stated: “It’s the perfect size for a beach house.”

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