A Weekend Home in Amagansett Takes on a Restful Vibe
Nature's colors and tranquil views turn this beach house into the ultimate chill space
“After” photos by Lena Yaremenko for Sweeten
- Homeowners: An NYC couple posted their project to renovate a 2,000-square-foot weekend home on Sweeten
- Where: Amagansett, New York
- Primary renovation: A complete redo of the kitchen and bathrooms, floor refinishing, and wall resurfacing and painting throughout
- Sweeten’s role: Sweeten matches home-renovation experts with vetted general contractors, offering input, support, and up to $50,000 in renovation financial protection—for free.
Modernizing an Amagansett home
When the homeowners of this wood-shingled house near the Hamptons, set off on their renovation journey, they understood their primary focus: to update the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as to tweak the home’s footprint to realize their modernization goals.
To start, they hired designers, Charlotte Sylvain and Shikhar Thakur of Studio Fauve in Brooklyn. The couple then hired a general contractor to turn their vision into reality, and “help maximize the impact of dollars spent,” their Sweeten post read.
Charlotte took charge of the interior design for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom Amagansett House, which had been purchased as a summer home. In addition to a more modern feel from room to room, they wanted to update the home’s color palette.
A minimal interior would connect with the property the home sits on, wildly populated by maple, oak, beech, and sycamore trees. Her goal: to create a neutral, light-filled space with a subtle beachy feel where the homeowners could watch the seasons change outside.
Natural details, regionally sourced
To accomplish this, she looked to design wide, open spaces. Beginning in the living room, with its spacious layout and high ceilings, Charlotte used inspiration from the Hamptons’ oceanside.
White textures and blonde plank-wood detailing combined with soft, comfortable furniture in quiet colors. Designs were kept minimal; its warmth would come from different materials in natural tones. The designer chose and sourced the materials regionally when possible, and chose small furniture designers and builders.
The kitchen has an airy feel but is solid with its Douglas fir joinery and cabinetry, and matte-finish white countertops. A stain-proof quartz was a perfect work-surface choice; the homeowners wanted a durable kitchen for entertaining.
The home needed to be a relaxing place, a weekend and summer-season escape from the owners’ primary residence in New York City. To this goal, Charlotte painted the natural-wood window framings white to make them disappear.
Installation of additional new windows as well as vertical columns of glass at the top and bottom of the enclosed staircase offer views-as-art glass framings throughout the house.
Waterproof bathroom materials
The centerpiece of the upstairs is in the master bathroom—a giant picture window that overlooks the house’s rear woods and flanks a giant soaking tub. Waterproof tadelakt plaster walls and teakwood planking allowed use of the same surfaces in the bathroom’s wet and dry areas.
The designer pulled more tadelakt plaster into the guest bathroom for the vanity, pairing it with handmade zellige tile. Accoya wood plays a key role in this bathroom as well.
Throughout the home, hints of black connect with the white canvas for a modern feel. Original oak floorboards received a color-corrective refinishing to lessen the honey tones. Additional teak and Accoya wood accents round out the natural wood hues in various interior spaces.
The biggest challenge of this renovation? Doing it remotely during Covid’s peak. Despite this, Amagansett House was completed giving the homeowners the serenity they were looking for.