New York studio T W Ryan Architecture has renovated a black house in the Long Island beach town of Montauk, using pale finishes inside to contrast the dark exterior of the gabled forms. Surf House comprises a couple of connected pitched-roof volumes on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains, a famous surf spot in Montauk, and spans 177 square metres. Two rows of houses separate the project from the beach. T W Ryan Architecture gutted and transformed the home for a young family, originally from coastal Ireland and now based in New York City's West Village.
The studio retained much of the exterior, but altered the layout – initially a garage in the lower gabled section and three small rooms squeezed into the top of the two-storey portion. A new wrapping stairwell housed inside a small extension now leads up to the upper floor, where the main living areas are located. Below are three bedrooms and a large bathroom, complete with an outdoor shower.
Ship-lap black cedar is laid vertically across the exterior, while the extension is lined with a "corduroy" of cedar battens.