Surfside House by Stelle Architects

Surfside House by Stelle Architects

Surfside House by Stelle Architects
Surfside House by Stelle Architects

Architecture and nature have been fully integrated in this light-saturated, oceanfront setting that includes guest quarters, a garage and a two-story house clad in horizontal slats of Alaskan yellow cedar and anodized aluminum windows. The natural dunescape was restored with beach grass, bayberry and other native plants. A sun deck and a free-form, chlorine-free swimming pool were also added. The remodeled house and guesthouse are equipped with geothermal heating/cooling and photovoltaic electric panels. – description from Stelle Architects


You can’t get much more ocean front than this beach residence: it’s sited as  far into the actual beach as possible.

Surfside House by Stelle Architects

Fronting on the Atlantic beach of Long Island, Surfside seems nearly dwarfed by the large structures on one larger neighbour, yet stands proud with open-air, relaxed charm.  The site plan reveals full use of the property from gated entrance to shoreline, past an almost remote guest pavilion with its own parking.  The tandem garage doesn’t impinge on the width of the site and provides some shielding of the pool area oasis from the south-western neighbour.  Sited slightly to one side, the main building leaves ocean-view sightlines for the guest house. An open breezeway to the seaside deck flows easily to the convenient beach access. No surpises for an architourist: this house is entirely as advertised.

The fact that this is a “remodel” instead of greenfield, new construction allows the structure to remain in position so far forward onto the beach – one of few homes along this stretch of the Atlantic to do so, providing superb sightlines up and down the beach as far as one can see.  Typical of the newer builds seen in this area, planning and/or environmental  restrictions tend to favour a larger setback from the verge of the beach.

And, while many would be hard-pressed to find this home and property to be truly “small” – especially as a vacation home + guest house ++ , it is much smaller than many nearby.  In context, it is almost quaint, proudly pushing out onto the beach to escape the shadow of its neighbour.


Surfside House by Stelle Architects
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The project appears to have progressed from the guest house and garage, then to the main house.  The last aerial photo is from Bing, showing the north facade with exterior stairs to an entry on the second level.  The renovation has exterior stairs on the beach facade an a clean wall on the north side.

Property Location

Listed location:  Bridgehampton, NY

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Surfside House by Stelle Architects

A private residence and guest house.



  • 2010 AIA New York State Award of Merit
  • 2008 AIA Excellence in Architecture Award
  • 2008 AIA Peconic Chapter Merit Award
  • 2006 Watermark Grand Award, Best Kitchen in a Remodeled Home


Project Information:
Location: Bridgehampton, NY
Completion Date: June 2008
Services: Architecture and Interior Design
Architect’s Team: Eleanor Donnelly, Greg Tietjen
Builder: Wright & Company Construction Inc.

Consultants: Tom Flynn, Interior Design
Edwina Van Gal, Landscape Architect
LaGuardia Design, Landscape Architects and Planners, Chris LaGuardia
Robert Wolsch Designs, Lighting Consultant
James Damato Design Works Inc, Cabinetry
Photographers: Eric Piasecki, Jeff Heatley

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