This three-bedroom, single-family house on hilltop property is a response to a densely wooded, exceptionally steep site near Long Island Sound with views south. An existing concrete slab of a
former house is utilized as a departure point for a new structure.
The 2,400-square-foot house is tucked into the hill and approached from a long, steeply sloped driveway with an existing garage located at the lowest level of the property. An elevator takes visitors from a midlevel
parking area up to the main level of the house. Organized on four separate levels with a new garage entry at the lowest, the house opens up with a terrace at the basement, which serves as a separate entrance to a
home office/media room.
The main floor above contains the living, dining and kitchen areas, as well as a large cantilevered terrace for maximum appreciation of the view. The top floor contains two bedrooms and a master bedroom suite. The
exterior skin is a combination of aluminum frame window walls and aluminum perforated mesh panels juxtaposed against solid stucco walls.
The house is conceived as a series of overlapping spaces defined by three slightly sloped roof/wall forms that blur the distinction between public and private space. The interior rooms are informal and can be opened
to merge with the more public spaces in the house. Translucent materials of glass and metal used both on the interior and exterior further reinforce the concept. Large exterior glass walls can also be opened to blur
the distinction between inside and outside and are positioned to take advantage of the view as well as the privacy afforded by the remoteness of the sight. The house is designed to be relatively inexpensive both in
construction and maintenance. As much of the sight as possible will be left untouched and restored
Formal name of building:
North Hempstead, N.Y.
Gross Square Footage:
2,400 sq. ft.
Owner: Mr. Allyn Ehrlich
Architect: David Jay Weiner, Architects, P.C.
Project Team: David J. Weiner, Andy Saunders, Dana Bettinger
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, P.C.
Contractor: Liberty Management & Construction Ltd