By Jennifer Ebert published
Amalia Graziani is a residential real estate developer specialising in renovations in New York and San Francisco. Most recently, she completed a serene, light-filled home in the Hamptons with a full renovation and expansion.
The challenge was to take an unassuming cottage with challenging structural issues and transform it into a spacious and bright home.
'The home is located in Amagansett on a charming street between the town and the ocean. It’s framed by a canopy of trees and I fell in love with the location, but the house needed serious work,' says Amalia.
'The property was presented as an obvious tear-down, but with so much new construction in the area, we saw an opportunity to retain the character of the house.'
'The primary focus of this renovation was to create a space that is very open, symmetrical and calm,' says Amalia. 'We wanted the home to be structurally interesting, so the focus in any room would be on the beams, paneling or windows, and furniture would be secondary.'
'To do this, we needed to improve the sense of scale. The stairs were shallow, the ceilings were low and the windows were small. We opened the space by blowing out the ceilings to showcase the pitched rooflines and excavated the lower level to allow for higher ceilings. Beyond that, we replaced everything in the home and expanded the house by 100 feet.'
'To make it as light-filled as possible, we opted for French doors instead of windows and added wide glass interior doors throughout. During the summer, the indoor and outdoor spaces blend beautifully. We created custom beams and beadboard throughout, which play off of the perpendicular lines on the French doors. Multiple layers of paneling and beams cast shadows that shift throughout the day. These bolder structural elements allowed for very understated furniture in pared-down fabrics.'
'Since the home is used year-round, we wanted to create a warm snug room that would lend itself to cold winter nights by the fire. To do this, we opened up the garage, which had beautiful high ceilings. Made to look like an adapted barn, the room has full wood paneling and heavy stonework on the fireplace, which was a risk given the airiness of the rest of the home. This choice ended up grounding the house and provides a relaxed space for larger groups.'
'The renovation took a little over a year, thanks to the work of an incredible team that worked hard to complete quickly,' says Amalia.
Photography/ Ryan Lahiff
Interior design/ Amalia Graziani / Noor Property Group
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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