For years, the cottage that Charlie Fisher and Rebecca Irwin owned in Amagansett, N.Y., was all they desired in a second home. At 1,200 square feet, the 1960s structure was nothing fancy, but after a basic renovation it was appealing enough to be featured in Dwell, and they treasured every sunny day they could escape to it from Manhattan with their three young children.
Over time, circumstances changed. As their children grew up — Henry is now 21, Emily is 19 and Grace is 14 — the house began to feel cramped. Mr. Fisher, 52, now the chief financial officer of a technology start-up, and Ms. Irwin, 51, who works in finance, advanced in their careers. And they began to long for a little more privacy after living for so long in a house hemmed in by neighbors.
“It was a great spot, and we loved it,” Mr. Fisher said. “We just outgrew it.”
For something with more space indoors and out, they began dreaming of building a house from scratch. The question was where.
Bates Masi + Architects, whose work they had long admired. After visiting the property, Mr. Masi conceived a plan to emphasize the views by adding earth to increase the height of the hilltop and installing a pair of granite retaining walls to contain a large portion of the living space within the mound.
Chused & Co., to help select decorative finishes, furniture, lighting and art.
“They wanted a softness to the house,” Ms. Chused said. “The idea was to make it feel comfortable and luxurious, but still like a beach house.”
In the primary bathroom, she selected concrete tile from Tabarka Studio with a white-and-black pattern and inlaid brass details for the floor; tadelakt plaster for the walls; and shapely mirrors by Gio Ponti to hang above the vanity. She furnished the living room with sculptural, lacquered nesting coffee tables by Pierre Augustin Rose, a big Howard sectional sofa from Egg Collective and vintage chairs by Jindrich Halabala. Around the dining table, she added deep upholstered seats from Thomas Hayes below a pair of vintage pendant lamps she found at a Paris flea market. And in the kitchen, she worked with the couple to customize every cabinet and drawer to reflect how they would use the space.