An East Hampton Renovation Fit for a Ship’s Captain


To get their best retreat within the Hamptons, Frank Selvaggi and Invoice Shea didn’t simply renovate one home — they overhauled two. However that wasn’t the unique plan.

In 2015, the couple purchased a small cottage in Amagansett, N.Y., for about $1 million, on a road nestled amid sand dunes extending to the ocean. The home was small — lower than 600 sq. toes — however they figured they didn’t want very a lot house. And even when they’d wished to broaden, native constructing rules made it nearly unattainable.

The construction, nonetheless, was in determined want of labor, so that they employed Kyle O’Donnell, the founding father of the New York-based agency Gramercy Design, to rebuild it throughout the authentic footprint.

“There was no insulation. There was barely a foundation. The rafters were undersized for the roof,” Mr. O’Donnell stated. “It was just a summer cottage, held up by not much. Everything had to be replaced.”

Mr. O’Donnell accomplished plans for the rebuild, however simply as building was about to begin, the couple, now each 62, started having second ideas. Mr. Shea, a contract artistic director, deliberate to go to the home solely periodically. However Mr. Selvaggi, a founding companion at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi, a Manhattan accounting and enterprise administration agency with movie star purchasers like Anne Hathaway and Timothée Chalamet, started dreaming about dwelling within the Hamptons nearly full-time in the summertime.

“I’m pretty much parked out there for as long as I possibly can be,” Mr. Selvaggi stated, including that his husband isn’t fairly as eager on spending countless days on the sand. “He’s not as much of a beach guy as I am.”

Nonetheless, he frightened they may really feel cramped within the little cottage with their canine, Sherlock and Dodger. So it appeared like a stroke of luck when he struck up an opportune dialog with a neighbor at a road affiliation assembly.

“We were just chatting, and I said, ‘Oh, I love the street so much. It would be great if something larger came up,’” Mr. Selvaggi stated. “He said, ‘It’s too bad you can’t buy the house next to me. The owner is never there.’”

Intrigued, Mr. Selvaggi tracked down the house’s proprietor, obtained in contact and found that the proprietor was receptive to promoting. After some forwards and backwards, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea struck a deal to purchase the 1,150-square-foot home for about $1.9 million in November 2016.

Their second home, it turned out, wanted simply as a lot work as the primary, because it had acquired solely minor updates over time. However the concept of beginning two building tasks concurrently was daunting, in order building proceeded on the primary home, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea moved into the bigger one with out altering a factor.

By early 2018, the primary home was full. Somewhat than shifting in, the couple offered it to Anthony Bonsignore, Mr. Selvaggi’s enterprise companion, for $1.7 million, which Mr. Selvaggi stated allowed the couple to interrupt even.

Then they spent one other summer season of their bigger, unrenovated cottage after the constructing allow was delayed, and at last started their second renovation in September 2019.

Very similar to the primary mission, this one concerned principally rebuilding the home from scratch throughout the authentic footprint. However by including dormers on the second ground, Mr. O’Donnell was in a position to enhance the house’s dimension to nearly 1,350 sq. toes, making house for 3 fairly sized bedrooms and two full bogs.

The design features a new ground-floor terrace behind the home with a small pool and out of doors bathe, a pair of terraces off the first suite on the second ground, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the dunes.

The outside of the home was beforehand brown-stained board-and-batten, however Mr. O’Donnell clad the brand new construction in cedar shingles and outlined the home windows in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, Mr. Selvaggi’s favourite colour.

Inside, “the approach was to make it as colorful as possible, and as fun as possible,” Mr. O’Donnell stated, including that he wished to make the rooms really feel deeply comfy utilizing supplies that might stand up to moist and sandy toes.

A lot of the flooring is bleached, wide-plank white oak. In the lounge, he lined the ceiling with V-groove paneling and added a paneled element to the partitions, which he outlined in Stone Blue. “It’s kind of a nod to a ship captain’s house, or something you might see in older houses out there,” Mr. O’Donnell stated.

Within the kitchen, which he relocated to create house for extra home windows, he put in teak cupboards paying homage to ones that is likely to be discovered on a ship and added a countertop, backsplash and window trim in White Fantasy marble.

Upstairs, the first bed room has doorways that open to terraces on two sides: one for sitting and loosen up; the opposite, geared up with an out of doors bathe, for train. The exercise terrace additionally connects to the first lavatory, which is completed in azure hexagonal tile and white marble.

Building was accomplished in June 2020, so Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea didn’t miss a single summer season on the seaside. Together with the furnishings and inside finishes, Mr. Selvaggi estimated that the mission value about $2 million.

Now, after dwelling by so a few years of building, they don’t have any intention of shifting anyplace else. “It’s great out here,” stated Mr. Selvaggi, who can stroll to the seaside in lower than a minute and loves catching up with neighbors over cocktails within the night.

Perhaps better of all, their new dwelling has simply the correct amount of house to comfortably accommodate the couple, their canine and visitors, with out requiring an excessive amount of upkeep, he stated: “It’s the perfect size for a beach house.”

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