When Mark Berryman arrived in New York in 2011, after years in Mali and Turkey with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, he started feeling homesick.
“I grew up in Laguna Beach, Calif., which is a really special beach town that has an artistic kind of surf feel to it,” mentioned Mr. Berryman, 45. “I went to the beach every day after school when I was a kid.”
Now spending his days surrounded by asphalt and concrete, he mentioned, “I missed surfing. I missed the beach. I always thought I’d end up back in Laguna Beach.”
But as Mr. Berryman bought settled in New York and centered on his profession in affect investing, which targets social and environmental objectives with investments, he found that the East End of Long Island might present a lot of what he missed. Before lengthy, he started attempting to find his personal surf shack, within the surf-centric hamlet of Montauk. But it was in the end a small neighborhood on the east facet of Amagansett, sandwiched between Montauk Highway and the ocean, that captured his coronary heart.
“The Amagansett dunes, to me, had the most laid-back feel. Many of the streets aren’t even paved, so you’re walking down an unpaved path to the beach,” mentioned Mr. Berryman, who was additionally impressed by the presence of a close-by boutique espresso store and file retailer.
In 2014, when he discovered a 1,400-square-foot cottage on half an acre — a transformed and expanded 1940s storage that was as soon as half of a bigger property designed and owned by Alfred A. Scheffer, a famous Hamptons architect — he moved shortly to purchase it for $1.5 million, with plans for a modest renovation.
“I put in probably $200,000 on my own, which was stupid, just to get it really cute and cool and livable,” he mentioned. He finally regretted the expense as a result of he realized that the house had issues, because it was set low on a darkish, dank a part of the lot.
“The home was literally built on soil,” he mentioned. “There was no proper foundation, and the walls were paper thin. It got musty and humid because there was no proper insulation.”
By 2016, he determined he wanted to take motion, and briefly listed the property on the market earlier than realizing he wasn’t prepared to surrender on it. A greater plan of action, he determined, was to demolish the prevailing cottage and begin contemporary. For assist creating a brand new residence and panorama, he turned to Paul Masi, a fellow surfer and the principal of Bates Masi + Architects, an East Hampton-based agency recognized for its clean-lined modernist compounds.
Studying the positioning, which abuts the noisy freeway and Long Island Rail Road to the north, Mr. Masi famous that the cottage gave the impression to be pushed right into a darkish nook of the lot to maintain it as removed from the site visitors as doable. For higher gentle and air, and to increase the usable portion of the yard exterior, he proposed placing the brand new home nearer to the middle of the lot. Because it was in a flood zone, the land would additionally must be constructed up about six toes increased than it was. To cope with the noise, Mr. Masi needed to design a home with a thick entrance wall that will create an “acoustical shadow,” he mentioned, to protect the inside areas and the brand new yard behind it.
“The simplest way to control sound is just with mass, whether it’s stone or masonry,” Mr. Masi mentioned. “We looked at stone, concrete, brick, but it was really just out of our budget.” Then he discovered a soundproofing materials referred to as mass loaded vinyl, extra generally used on inside flooring and partitions, and devised a technique for constructing it into the facade by clamping sheets of the fabric between vertical weathering-steel brackets and masking them with cedar siding.
The ensuing 1,762-square-foot home is opaque in entrance, with no openings apart from the entrance door, which is protected by its personal wall of cedar and mass loaded vinyl. When you step inside, outside sounds fade away and the home opens up with a view via a 28-foot-long expanse of floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doorways that hook up with a brand new deck and firepit. A mixed kitchen, eating and residing area is on the middle of the house; the first suite is on one facet, and a visitor bed room and den is on the opposite.
Together, Mr. Berryman and Mr. Masi developed a minimalist materials palette. Interior partitions are completed in the identical white cedar as the outside; flooring, partitions and cupboards are white oak; and the stone within the kitchen and bogs is sandblasted Gaja Venus quartzite. Mr. Berryman, a design aficionado who selected all of the furnishings, didn’t wish to see many lighting fixtures, so Mr. Masi recessed gentle bins into the ceilings and vertical gentle slots within the partitions.
After almost two years of development, the home was accomplished final August, at a price of about $1.6 million. Now, Mr. Berryman mentioned, he typically goes browsing twice a day. But he considers the house greater than only a getaway. “It’s not just a summer house or a weekend house,” he mentioned, including that he plans to spend as a lot time there as within the metropolis, in all 4 seasons.
“I love this community, and I love this lot,” he mentioned. “Building a modern home that fits in with the environment has always been a dream.”