Waterfront Home Renovation

A slideshow of a renovated waterfront Long Island home

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    Grand Entry

    A 1968 waterfront house in Long Island is gutted and rebuilt, doubling its size and taking advantage of the views. Dutch doors, like this extra-wide one, can add drama to an entry. It's made more dramatic with a diamond-pattern transom and sidelights, suggesting the casual grandeur of an antique summerhouse. White-painted crown molding and a paneled doorway to the staircase straddle the fine line between elegance and informality.

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    Curved Staircase

    Tucked into a turret, the stairwell makes the most of its natural curves with a variety of windows: a semicircular window seat on the landing, and a porthole window above a small window seat niche. The windows repeat the round theme found throughout the house.

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    Casual Seating Area

    New windows climb to the crown molding to capture gorgeous views of the water. Mullions repeat the diamond pattern seen in the entry. Detailed coffee tables like this one can ground the design. The height of the windows adds an airy, vertical feeling to the space.

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    Bright Living Room

    Living room bookshelves pop with orange paint covering their back walls. The fireplace wall's symmetry enhances the room's traditional style. To make the most of the scenery, some rooms were reshaped and shuffled (this room used to be the kitchen, for example). The overhaul gave the homeowners the freedom to make a personal style statement from scratch—easygoing, but a step above beach casual. Warm, chocolate-brown floors add richness and are eco-friendly, too—they consist of reclaimed oak that's stained a walnut color and finished with tung oil. Comfortable living room furniture ties the space together.

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    Hardworking Kitchen

    Every inch of the new kitchen is packed with storage: There are special spaces for food containers, bread, rolls of plastic wrap, and even the owner's collection of plates from Italy. The kitchen spans the width of the house. It includes a large island, two ovens, and a cooktop that stays modestly out of view. Dark wood flooring makes the white kitchen cabinets pop.

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    Home Office Niche

    The kitchen's modern amenities include a desk topped with American cherrywood. Tucked at the end of a counter, it offers a convenient place to pay bills, use the Internet, or write a quick note. A small TV flips down from the kitchen cabinets.

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    Spacious Dining Room

    Chandeliers, such as this dazzling one, anchor a formal dining room. This space was built on a curve to echo the circular motif found throughout the home. Comfortable yet sophisticated dining room furniture completes the look. Every room looks out to the water. The house is parallel to the seawall.

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    Master Suite

    Built-ins frame the recessed bed in the small master bedroom, maximizing space. A blue bedroom furniture palette with crisp white trim creates a light and airy feel.

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    Window-Lined Room

    A curved shape allows the master bedroom to embrace every view. Six windows overlooking Long Island Sound make the 15x18-foot space feel open and sweeping.

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    Master Bathroom

    The design of the new master bath cuts no corners. Clad in Jerusalem gold limestone, it includes separate bathroom vanities, a tub with a view, and a steam shower. The woven texture of the granite flooring prevents slippage.

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    Exterior Home Renovations

    A turret, eyebrow windows, and shingle siding transform a generic clapboard Colonial to an indigenous East Coast shore house. The exterior home design mimics the traditional Shingle style of 19th-century East Coast summerhouses. In the salty air, the shingles quickly weather to gray. With its up-to-the-minute function and ageless looks, the house feels at home on the Long Island shore.

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    Main-Level House Floor Plans

    The key to this whole-house remodel is angles and curves that take advantage of waterfront views. The original rectangular footprint was made irregular with curves and odd angles skewed to maximize views. The floor plan was rearranged so the most important rooms take advantage of the best views.

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    Upper-Level House Floor Plans

    Throughout the house millwork details add a timeless, easy-living quality that's neither formal nor casual. Standard 1960s windows were replaced with diamond-pattern models that look historical but reach high for a modern airiness.

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