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Ocean-view Hamptons house has high-design properties

The Hamptons in Long Island, N.Y., has some of New York City's most affluent residents. With sea, sand and sky, this costal getaway gives East Coast urbanites a break from city life. Residential real estate prices in the Hamptons rank among the highest in the nation-it has the first, sixth and eighth most expensive ZIP codes. Extraordinary homes in classic traditional Hamptons and ultramodern styles can be found there. Now, a house on Dune Road in South Hampton with floor-to-ceiling windows, a metal roof and environmentally sustainable features joins these high-design properties. For this house, the owners chose to tear down an old bungalow style traditional. They replaced it with a modern home featuring three sides of glass to take advantage of their panoramic northern and western ocean views, while still providing privacy. When the home sits immediately adjacent to the ocean, many of the building materials are chosen to be maintenance-free and resistant to the salt water and air. In this case, the roof is made of zinc as are the wall panels; the zinc will weather evenly and naturally.

Designed by Barnes Coy Architects, Bridgehampton, N.Y., this unique seaside home was built by Mark Lumley Contracting Corp., Quog, N.Y. More than 3,000 square feet of metal panels were supplied by Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J. This scenic two-story Hamptons hideaway is over 4,000 square feet and features an Englert series 1301, 1-inch mechanically seamed, metal roof made from Woburn, Mass.-RHEINZINK America Inc.-supplied Blue Grey zinc. Dramatic accent walls are on the west and south sides of the home. They are a combination of the Englert 1-inch flush wall panels in Graphite Grey RHEINZINK and Englert's 1301, 1-inch mechanically seamed panels in Blue Grey RHEINZINK. The Englert Series 1301 and the 1-inch flush panel system were selected for their beauty, durability and sustainability. All of these wall panels were custom formed by B & B Sheet Metal, Long Island City, N.Y.

"The wall panels were custom made, and the use of two colors was intended to bring out the beauty of the slightly different profiles and highlight the modern design of the structure," says Mitch Gaber, director of marketing at Englert. "The materials selected further emphasize the featured glass and hardwood decking that is so prominent in the design. The stucco, glass and wood along with the roof and accent walls will weather naturally and are designed to stand up to the elements."

Again, because the original house on the property was a tear down, piles were driven into the sand as a foundation for the new structure. The piles were then covered with a concrete foundation cap and the house was built upon that. The walls are self supporting.


Long Island Design

"Stucco, glass, and wood, as well as all the materials we used will just weather naturally and then look great forever," explains the project's architect, Christopher Coy. Coy and his fellow firm principal and founder Robert Barnes have been designing sleek abodes for three decades. They are known for their modern homes that they describe as "uncommon contemporary."

"Our design philosophy is simple and consistent: forms are generated by the interaction between the site context and the program, i.e., requirements, of the client," says Barnes. "This interaction always produces an original response that makes a successful project interesting and unique."

The award-winning tandem focuses on loft-like spaces with vast transparencies that merge the barrier between outdoors and indoors, often with floor-to- ceiling windows. The Dune Road house's floor-to ceiling curtainwall is made of heavily anodized glass. It, along with off-angle structure orientation helps take advantage of spectacular views. The glass is low E and uses a technology from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries Inc. called Solarban 60, which is infused as part of the manufacturing process. The glass is very thick and there is airspace within it which contributes to its sustainability as it does not need much energy to heat and cool the building.

"We chose zinc over aluminum for the standing seam metal roof, wall panels and structural supports because zinc is more durable than other metals in a marine environment," Coy says. "Even though this house is directly on the water, it is maintenance free. Aluminum and stainless will pit over time. Zinc just weathers evenly, and naturally. We use zinc for many of the houses we design on the water. I love the color variations on gray. We tend to go for light-to-medium shades."

There are many features to the building that help to make it environmentally sustainable aside from the fact that its materials weather well. The home features geothermal heating and cooling, which requires very little additional thermal energy. The design called for the contractors to drill wells from which the water is pumped up through air handlers and circulated through the home providing natural cooling in the summer and more efficient heating in the winter. Incorporating geothermal energy into the project will not only result in lower long-term energy costs, but also makes the project eligible for substantial energy subsidies from the government.

In the warmer months, the home requires very minimal use of air conditioning due to the constant 55-degree water running through the structure maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the home. During the winter, only a minimum amount of electricity is needed to bring the temperature up to 70 degrees.

The modern look and feel of this brilliant home is enhanced by the stainless steel accent rails with yacht riggings and an oversized lap pool that emanates away from the home and toward the ocean. The recess lights over the patio area are built into a clear cedar wood ceiling overhead. "We try to keep our designs as simple and as maintenance-free as possible," says Coy, "and sometimes you have to go through complicated design, planning and building in order to accomplish that."


Sidebar: Forming Fit

We fabricated the metal wall panel system and worked with the architect/client on details that allowed for a visually seamless representation. Normally our panel systems require trim pieces for the end conditions, corners, windows, doors, etc. In this case, we spent more time in our shop manufacturing custom panel components that could wrap the corner and with the use of splice plates we were able to achieve a seamless façade without any trim pieces. With the use of a coil and our specialized rollforming machine, we were able to fabricate metal roof panels at full length.

Many times, when we manufacture panels, the contractor provides us with dimensions for fabrication or we will go on the job site and obtain them. Once manufactured, the installer makes adjustments to the metal to fit perfectly on-site. With the components required for this project, we could not allow for that. Many of the pieces had to be prefabricated to fit perfectly onsite. This required more time on-site, more coordination with the installer, and more quality control in the shop to make sure that the components were being fabricated to the specific requirements. Mock-ups and samples were constantly made and checked in field for accuracy. The end result was more than what was hoped for and the work put in showed immensely.

Ravi Kathuria, director and senior project manager, estimating and drafting department, B & B Sheet Metal, Long Island City, N.Y.


Sidebar: Dune Road house, South Hampton, N.Y.

Completed: April 2016
Total square feet: 4,000 square feet
Architect: Barnes Coy Architects, Bridgehampton, N.Y.,
General contractor and metal installer: Mark Lumley Contracting Corp., Quog, N.Y.,
Panel former: B&B Sheet Metal, Long Island City, N.Y.,
Metal wall/roof panels: Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.,
Zinc: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass.,


Photography: Paul Domzal/


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