The Dune Road Beach House situated in East Quogue, New York, is a work of wonder by Manhattan-based Resolution: 4 Architecture. Simply put, this is a redefined, modern dream (modular) home constructed from four separate “boxes.” Due to strict zoning constraints, the structure had to be limited to 2,200 square feet yet manages to embody spacious and airy beach living at its finest.
This pre-fab beach house of weathered wood, glass, cement and steel is a stand-out. The fact the structure survived the recent Hurricane Sandy unscathed speaks volumes about the materials, craftsmanship and keen architectural elements poured into this dwelling. Built for a young family residing most of the year in a large downtown Manhattan apartment, this home sits oceanfront, a rarity for this area today. It had to be set back from the beach, yet is delightfully positioned upon the sandy dunes, allowing beach views to come into play without a fragmented line of sight.
The ground floor features a shared space of living room and dining room which both possess immediate ocean views. Contemporary furnishings and decor in shades of blue and grey crested with white magnificently mimic beachfront waves. The adjacent kitchen is wrapped in sleek light wood cabinetry, which strikingly offsets the gleaming stainless industrial appliances. White metal stools surround a central, stainless-based table. Horizontal windows maintain the space between counter and upper cabinets, dousing this area with beachy daylight.
The four bedrooms reside upstairs, one containing two bunks, which always remind me of my family’s beach cottage when I was growing up. A master suite receives the sea air by way of a large sliding glass door which opens to a central deck with rotunda skylight. A white-on-white sunken shower features windows which crank out, allowing the fresh air in and creating an indoor/outdoor experience. Off this space, an interior staircase ascends to the rooftop deck replete with fireplace (another one is featured on the first floor,) hot tub and endless views of the Atlantic.
If I had to envision my personal modern dream home at the beach, the Dune Road Beach House would likely be it.