Ocean-view Hamptons house has high-design
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
"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
"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
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,
Completed: April 2016
Total square feet: 4,000 square feet
Architect: Barnes Coy Architects, Bridgehampton, N.Y., www.barnescoy.com
General contractor and metal installer: Mark Lumley Contracting
Corp., Quog, N.Y., www.marklumleycontracting.com
Panel former: B&B Sheet Metal, Long Island City, N.Y., www.bbsheetmetal.com
Metal wall/roof panels: Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J., www.englertinc.com
Zinc: RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass., www.rheinzink.us
Photography: Paul Domzal/EdgeMediaProd.com
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