In 2009, PCH completed a major refurbishment of a former Hampton Showcase Home in Southampton. The refurbishment presented PCH with a multitude of challenges and opportunities. The home was built on “spec” (speculation) for sale on the open market. As with many spec homes in the Hamptons, the builders that were used had little experience.
PCH started the major refurbishment from the ground up to transform the house into the owner’s dream home in the Hamptons. We began by assembling a team of a designer, an architect, and a project manager. Working closely with the homeowners, the team developed a plan to replace the mechanical systems, redesign the living spaces, and upgrade the finishes.
PCH made significant upgrades to the structural and mechanical elements of the house. Girders and beams throughout the house were replaced and tied into the foundation so that they could bear the weight of the three floors of the house. Floor boards on the first floor were reinforced by tying together the supporting columns underneath. PCH was determined to bring what was behind the walls of the house to the caliber of one of PCH’s own custom homes in order to ensure that the owners would have an energy efficient and safe home. All six zones of the HVAC system were reconfigured and rewired. Digital thermostats were added in many rooms to enable precise temperature control. Insulation was added to exterior walls to reduce drafts and improve heat retention. Pipes that supplied water to bathrooms that were located on exterior walls were moved wherever possible to reduce the possibility of freezing. Sensors were also added to the security system including cold temperature sensors in the plumbing and moisture and smoke detectors in the basement. The sprinkler system was reconfigured to permit better circulation of the glycol anti-freeze.
PCH’s refurbishment of the interior finishes included the replacement of all of the traditional style, stock millwork, with custom millwork for base moldings, window and door casings, interior doors and staircase balusters. This new custom design is more solid, crisp, and streamlined. It is a contemporary take on the classic Shaker style that has been present in New England and the Hamptons for centuries.
Clean, contemporary lines are now evident throughout the house. The staircase balusters in the main entry foyer present a good example of the transformation. Another is the centerpiece of the foyer – an elegant fireplace with its carved limestone surround and gas log set that can be operated conveniently with a remote control. The flow from room to room on the main floor has been improved by the realignment and widening of the doorways.
The kitchen has also been widened by moving the wall out on one side and taking space from the pantry closets. The kitchen now has a spacious feel and there is more natural light from a new bank of larger windows on the front of the house. The central cooking island has been reconfigured to be more functional with two sinks, ample area for food preparation, and a larger serving area. The luce de luna granite countertop catches sunlight from the new, larger windows and contemporary white custom cabinetry has replaced the ornate stock cabinetry. Rift white oak planking covering the ceiling has a natural hand-rubbed finish and adds a rustic accent. The cooking island that was located at the front of the kitchen has been replaced by a sitting area with a custom oak table that has a concrete slab top with a mocha colored custom finish. The kitchen’s warm earth tones are accentuated by the custom oak built-in cabinetry with a built-in office workstation on one side and display case on the other. An alabastro marble back splash that continues up to the exhaust hood above the stove enclosure has been perfectly mitered to appear like a seamless, solid piece of marble. A three season sun-porch was added at the rear of the kitchen extending into the back yard. The enclosed porch provides views of the pool and pool/tennis pavilion. It has a flat screen TV mounted on the wall at one end. The sun porch/family room with operable windows and motorized screens provides a feeling of being outdoors while still inside.
The successful refurbishment of this Hampton Showcase Home was achieved through the combination of extensive planning, innovative design, top quality craftsmanship, and the management experience of PCH. The happy homeowners told us, “We needed the services of a skilled and experienced team and we are happy to say that PCH came through for us. A big thank you for all your efforts. We highly recommend your company.”