Fire Island House
We completed this Fire Island beach house just before hurricane Sandy. Though it faces the Atlantic, the house rode out the storm unscathed thanks to our upgrades. Not only did we add vertical cement siding, a rust-proof metal roof, and projectile-rated windows, we also lifted the entire house, deck, and pool onto tall wood pilings. The interiors are all whitewashed wood boards and exposed beams, with windows positioned to receive ocean breezes. An open stair forks to kids’ bedrooms on one side and to the master suite on the other.