Fire Island House
We completed this Fire Island beach house just before hurricane Sandy hit. Though the house is just a few steps from the Atlantic, it rode out the storm unscathed thanks to our upgrades. We lifted the original house, deck, and pool onto tall wood pilings before adding an extra story. Then the whole house was clad in a hurricane-proof shell: vertical cement siding, rust-proof metal roofs, and projectile-rated windows. The interiors are all whitewashed fir boards and exposed beams, with windows positioned to receive ocean breezes. An open stair forks to the kids’ rooms on one side and to the master suite on the other.