Shelter Island Summer House

Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family’s summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound.  “There’s lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.”

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“Every bedroom gets to sleep to the sound of the waves,” he said. Tamarkin, principal of New York architecture firm Tamarkin Co., used 100-year-old cypress salvaged from the swamps and rivers of Georgia and Florida for its skin and structure. A former shipbuilder crafted its 36-foot-long beams.

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The design challenge, Cary said, was to respond to the forces of the site – its sounds, breezes, views and lighting. “It’s all about outdoor living,” he explained.  “It’s small inside but it was meant to be that way.”

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