Unpretentious Beach House by Space Exploration Is a Perfect Retreat For a Creative City Pair
Understandably busy creative couple Elisa Restrepo, co-founder of the luxurious minimalist shoe label Dieppa Restrepo, and restaurateur Dylan Dodd (Karasu, Walter’s, Walter Foods, and Barrio Chino) turned to Brooklyn architects Space Exploration to transform their three-story split-level house in the laid-back (though lately less so) surfing village of Montauk. 6sqft has featured the firm’s work before, and they’ve done another fine job creating an un-fussy and livable space with white and pale woods, earthy textiles and plenty of natural light. The house underwent a full gut remodel, including extensive landscaping, which took a year, but looks completely worth the effort.
The heart of this three-story house is the main open space for living, dining and socializing, on the top floor, with views over Fort Pond Bay.
Bright entry spaces tie the floors together. The house’s original wood framing was given coats of white paint and left visible on the ceiling.
The kitchen is cool and casual, with countertops made from marine-grade Baltic birch plywood, meant to be temporary until the homeowners grew to love the look (the firm designed the interiors of two of Dodd’s Brooklyn restaurants, Walter’s and Karasu).
It’s almost beside the point to have a solarium in a house this sun-filled, but that’s the best way to describe the sunken lounge space that opens directly onto the grounds via glass doors. The lowest floor also contains an office and a kids’ bedroom.
Windows were moved and enlarged for more light, always a good thing in bedrooms.
Details are personal, colorful and playful, and no-one is afraid to keep cool gear like these surfboards out in the open.
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Photos by Kevin Greenberg courtesy of Space Exploration