The quaint fishing village of Montauk, set on the eastern tip of Long Island, has long been known as the laid-back counterpoint to East Hampton, just a few miles down Route 27. Beloved for its sweeping dunes, generous waves, and the rocky beaches of Montauk Point which stretch out toward Block Island, Montauk at times seems closer to a surfing outpost in Northern California than the time-tested interiors of the Maidstone Club.
Just steps from the center of town, Ditch Plains is a community built from the siren call of the seemingly endless break of the Atlantic surf. Appropriately then, our design started with the venerable longboard–both as metaphor and quotidian object. The horizontal expanse of a surf break gave the project its central geometry- a 300′ long central green space held in by living program and restored natural landscape. The primary living volume hugs the green space to the north, with a glass-wrapped living room delicately inserted into its center in line with the pool. Custom 36″x36″ honed basalt slab flooring, warmed by solar-hydronic in-floor radiant heat, flows into the landscape. The 13′ high volume precisely aligns with the pool and covered living space of the pool cabana beyond. Like a board intersecting surf, the two second story volumes hover over the greenspace, held in its embrace. A central axis, marked by a monolithic stone path, it intersected only by a massive wood-burning fireplace– with the home’s entry on one side and the dining space on the other– which separates the beach from the garden.