To get their perfect retreat in the Hamptons, Frank Selvaggi and Monthly bill Shea didn’t just renovate one particular dwelling — they overhauled two. But that was not the unique plan.

In 2015, the couple acquired a modest cottage in Amagansett, N.Y., for about $1 million, on a avenue nestled amid sand dunes extending to the ocean. The dwelling was modest — fewer than 600 square feet — but they figured they did not have to have pretty a lot space. And even if they had preferred to develop, neighborhood developing restrictions made it almost difficult.

The construction, on the other hand, was in determined need of function, so they hired Kyle O’Donnell, the founder of the New York-based mostly business Gramercy Design and style, to rebuild it within just the initial footprint.

“There was no insulation. There was scarcely a basis. The rafters were undersized for the roof,” Mr. O’Donnell stated. “It was just a summer time cottage, held up by not significantly. All the things had to be changed.”

Mr. O’Donnell accomplished strategies for the rebuild, but just as design was about to start, the couple, now both equally 62, began having next views. Mr. Shea, a freelance creative director, prepared to pay a visit to the residence only periodically. But Mr. Selvaggi, a founding companion at Altman, Greenfield & Selvaggi, a Manhattan accounting and organization management company with movie star clients like Anne Hathaway and Timothée Chalamet, commenced dreaming about residing in the Hamptons almost complete-time in the summer time.

“I’m rather a great deal parked out there for as lengthy as I maybe can be,” Mr. Selvaggi reported, adding that his partner is not quite as eager on investing endless days on the sand. “He’s not as considerably of a beach man as I am.”

Nevertheless, he fearful they may come to feel cramped in the very little cottage with their canine, Sherlock and Dodger. So it appeared like a stroke of luck when he struck up an opportune discussion with a neighbor at a avenue affiliation assembly.

“We were just chatting, and I reported, ‘Oh, I enjoy the street so much. It would be terrific if one thing larger arrived up,’” Mr. Selvaggi claimed. “He said, ‘It’s much too lousy you cannot purchase the house following to me. The operator is under no circumstances there.’”

Intrigued, Mr. Selvaggi tracked down the home’s proprietor, received in contact and uncovered that the operator was receptive to marketing. Immediately after some back and forth, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea struck a offer to invest in the 1,150-square-foot home for about $1.9 million in November 2016.

Their 2nd property, it turned out, necessary just as a lot operate as the first, as it had obtained only small updates more than the years. But the notion of starting two design projects concurrently was complicated, so as development proceeded on the initially home, Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea moved into the larger one without having altering a matter.

By early 2018, the very first house was complete. Fairly than relocating in, the few bought it to Anthony Bonsignore, Mr. Selvaggi’s company spouse, for $1.7 million, which Mr. Selvaggi explained authorized the few to break even.

Then they used an additional summer in their greater, unrenovated cottage soon after the setting up permit was delayed, and at last started their next renovation in September 2019.

Substantially like the initial venture, this a single associated fundamentally rebuilding the property from scratch in the first footprint. But by adding dormers on the second floor, Mr. O’Donnell was in a position to improve the home’s dimension to pretty much 1,350 square feet, creating area for 3 reasonably sized bedrooms and two whole bathrooms.

The design and style includes a new ground-ground terrace behind the residence with a little pool and out of doors shower, a pair of terraces off the most important suite on the next ground, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the dunes.

The exterior of the residence was earlier brown-stained board-and-batten, but Mr. O’Donnell clad the new structure in cedar shingles and outlined the home windows in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, Mr. Selvaggi’s beloved shade.

Within, “the solution was to make it as colorful as doable, and as pleasurable as possible,” Mr. O’Donnell explained, introducing that he needed to make the rooms experience deeply snug using products that could face up to soaked and sandy ft.

Most of the flooring is bleached, huge-plank white oak. In the residing home, he included the ceiling with V-groove paneling and included a paneled detail to the walls, which he outlined in Stone Blue. “It’s variety of a nod to a ship captain’s household, or a little something you could possibly see in older homes out there,” Mr. O’Donnell reported.

In the kitchen area, which he relocated to develop room for a lot more home windows, he mounted teak cupboards reminiscent of kinds that may possibly be discovered on a boat and added a countertop, backsplash and window trim in White Fantasy marble.

Upstairs, the key bed room has doors that open up to terraces on two sides: one particular for sitting down and rest the other, geared up with an out of doors shower, for physical exercise. The work out terrace also connects to the main rest room, which is completed in azure hexagonal tile and white marble.

Development was accomplished in June 2020, so Mr. Selvaggi and Mr. Shea didn’t skip a solitary summertime at the beach. Like the furniture and inside finishes, Mr. Selvaggi approximated that the job charge about $2 million.

Now, after dwelling by so several yrs of construction, they have no intention of relocating wherever else. “It’s wonderful out here,” explained Mr. Selvaggi, who can stroll to the beach in fewer than a minute and loves catching up with neighbors over cocktails in the evening.

It’s possible greatest of all, their new property has just the proper sum of place to easily accommodate the couple, their dogs and visitors, without demanding as well a great deal servicing, he mentioned: “It’s the great measurement for a seaside home.”

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