An intervention from a clever interior designer spares an old beach house on Fire Island, New York, from demolition. Alexandra Angle transformed this cabin into a colorful retreat for a college friend and her family.
A couple in Israel seizes the rare chance to rehab a 1969 Airstream to experiment with indoor-outdoor, space-efficient living. The pine-plank floor and sliding-glass-door wall allow the deck and playroom to function as one continuous space.
Thanks to a disciplined devotion to mid-century principles of design, a curator’s bachelor pad in the Hamptons is reborn. Now, it’s the beach house that’s got it all: green technology; passive solar design; rich materials; an expansive feeling, despite a petite half-acre corner lot; and a design concept that references its humble beginnings as an off-the-rack kit house.
Once a classic trailer-park scheme of mint green and white, the exterior of Sofie Howard’s 500-square-foot Malibu trailer was distinctively repainted. The gate is a patchwork of scrap wood pieces. Partly inspired by 1970s Vans slip-ons, Howard’s boyfriend, artist Grant Shumate, painted accent lines on the side of the trailer. The porch houses a seating area with handmade MORERA Boxes from Commune, and a new outdoor shower. The entrance is beneath the wood-framed canopy.
In 1996, the family of five moved into their new house, a light-filled, 2,700-square-foot modernist aerie. By 2002, the family had outgrown the nest and decided to build onto the adjacent 40-by-90-foot property they’d bought as an investment in 1998. While vacationing in Bali, the couple envisioned a resortlike family compound. “This time,” Fong says, “we wanted more space, especially outdoors, a pool for the kids, and the ability to entertain leisurely.”