Contemporary family vacation home in Montauk

The Pryor Residence is a vacation home designed by Bates Masi Architects for a couple with two young boys in Montauk, New York. The home features distant views of the ocean and was built for the family to share an outdoor lifestyle and to evoke feelings of a camping lifestyle. The residence has multiple entryways for different guests and occasions. Large sliding glass doors open the living, dining and kitchen areas to the outdoors for large family gatherings. There is also a smaller scaled swing door for visiting guests that opens to the center hall with views out towards the ocean.

According to the architects, there is “a sequence of auxiliary spaces, beach equipment area, outdoor shower, sand and mudroom, creates a seamless ritual from the daily activities for the family and friends. In all living areas and bedrooms, glass doors and insect screens slide in and out from pocket walls, transforming rooms to screened porches or spaces completely open to the landscape. The living area, a double height space with kitchen, dining and living area, has thirty-six feet wide glass doors that pocket into southern and northern walls. When open, the dining room becomes a picnic area and the living room fireplace becomes a campfire. The house is environmentally friendly in its overall construction and planning with such specifics as geo-thermal heating and cooling, shading and venting systems, solar panels, organic finishes and materials. The house also has a prefabricated foundation, panel siding and efficient built-ins.”

Photos: Bates Masi Architects

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