The Long Island Residence is located in Bellport on the Great South Bay with approximately 200-feet of shoreline. We worked with our client to reimagine their outdoor amenities, replacing an existing pool and patio that had been built towards the front of the property to optimize for the position of the house and shoreline.
Gabellini Sheppard Associates conceived a 4,000 square foot limestone terrace surrounding the house, conceptually raising it on a plinth to visually and functionally unite the house and pool while taking advantage of the spectacular views. The pool is seamlessly carved into the plinth with full-width steps, providing a gracious entry into the water. The adjacent kitchen, with a continuous series of French doors on two sides, opens onto the terrace and negotiates the transition to the exterior.
The limestone for the terrace and pool steps was sourced from an Eastern European quarry and selected by Gabellini Sheppard for its unique combination of high weather resistance and uniform color. This stone was also used for the custom 19-foot-long barbecue placed at the eastern end of the terrace; it cantilevers from the plinth and acts as a sculptural accent juxtaposed against the continuous row of evergreens beyond. The furniture and umbrellas were selected by Gabellini to complement the scale of the terrace and barbecue.At night, the drama of reflected light from the pool is enhanced by a custom-designed fiber optic lighting system along the pool's perimeter and under the steps. Additional outdoor lighting is provided by fixtures recessed in the paving and in front of surrounding trees.