Shelter Island Retreat

Shelter Island, NY.  
This modern country house, designed from the ground-up for a young family of 4, is discretely tucked away on a large tract of wooded Shelter Island land.   The design of the house was strongly influenced by owner’s intense interest in the Prairie School of architecture.  The house is built from basic materials easily acquired from local sources.  All exterior surfaces are wrapped with cedar with the exception of the long vertical planes defining the center of the house, which are clad in standing-seam copper.  Waxed mahogany paneling and cork floors mix with organic materials like terrazzo and bluestone to form a rich interior palette.  The saturated colors of the interiors were influenced by the owner, a fine art painter, who understood the drama pigmented surfaces can radiate in a domestic setting.

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