Long Island Guest House & GarageLong Island, NY | under construction
Situated on a long, narrow, grassy plot of land overlooking the Long Island Sound, the existing house hugs a bluff and captures lovely water views. Because the house does not have enough bedrooms for visiting sons and grandchildren, hardier visitors were setting up a tent in the yard. The property also lacked a garage, and cars were driving across the yard to park near the house.
A new structure, currently under construction, is closer to the road, providing an enclosed garage space and additional bedrooms and living space. The roof cantilevers to shelter a carport and frame a view of the house beyond. The newly-defined yard between the new structure and the existing house becomes a private backyard for the family, sheltered from the wind off the Sound and visually hidden from the road. The new bedrooms and living space feature large sliding doors to bring in light and breezes, reminiscent of camping days. To protect from solar gain, wood slats filter the sun on the south side and climbing vines shade the glass on the west side. A green roof helps moderate interior temperatures and reduce storm water runoff.