August 25, 2017
Pembrooke & Ives' Andrew Sheinman Renovates a Sag Harbor Saltbox
A top-to-bottom renovation of a Sag Harbor Saltbox creates a home that blends a traditional exterior with modern living spaces.
by Jill Sieracki interior designer Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives photographer Costas Picadas architecture David Griffin of DGI+D
WHEN PEMBROOKE & IVES' Andrew Sheinman set out to renovate a 900-square-foot house in the heart of Sag Harbor, his design challenges were two-fold: How to respect the village's whaling heritage while creating a residence that would appeal to the modern families who flock to the Hamptons. Sheinman recruited architect David Griffin of DGi+d to help bring the circa 1890s home, which previously belonged to Sag Harbor's former mayor and fire commissioner, into the 21st century. "We wanted to develop an interesting architectural house," says Griffin. "The design scheme was developed to work with the linear aspect of the site, which was long and narrow, and build back from the existing house."
As part of the nearly two-year overhaul, an outdated extension and garage were removed, ceilings were raised to give a greater feeling of lightness, and the street-facing façade received a complete refresh. The front entry
was moved to the home's midpoint, where the original structure ended and a glass partition, which led to an expansive addition, began. "We did have the traditional front façade, but very modern living on the interior," says
On the ground floor, walls were removed to create an open-concept floor plan that flooded the home with light. At the heart is the kitchen—"the most interior of spaces in the house," says Sheinman—yet with reflective surfaces
and high-gloss white cabinetry, "when you're in there, it doesn't feel dark." Adding to the modern vibe, the space is almost without hardware. "We wanted to keep it very streamlined," says the designer.
Griffin designed the home's eye-catching floating staircase treads to further maximize the "view corridors" and play with light. The second floor was reconfigured to create three bedrooms, including a second master suite with a full bathroom (there's also a master bedroom with en-suite on the ground floor), as well as a study, giving the finished residence 3,500 square feet of living space. In addition, a full basement was added beneath the modern addition—a rarity in the East End.
Another unique architectural touch is the six-by-six windows Griffin developed specifically for the home. "Those are sited so when you're sitting in the space, you have a perfectly framed view of the hedges and you get magnificent light," says the architect. "It's a serenity that comes in when you're sitting there because it's like art
on the wall."
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