Mecox Guest House
The conversion of an existing artist’s studio into a guest house was one of several improvements made to this Bridgehampton, NY, property, last renovated in 2001 by Gluckman Mayner Architects and published several times since. The client, a landscape historian and avid gardner, carefully cultivated the feel of the property, as well as the earth itself, over the last 30 years and it was the charge of Swis.Loc and collaborator, Oliver Freundlich Design, to ensure any alterations would be in complete alignment with the existing property and provide minimal disruption to existing plant beds.
Taking cues from the main house, window and door openings were aligned to create unobstructed sight lines through the building, capturing long views toward an equine farm to the north and creating sun-soaked window seating inside and out toward the garden on the south. New stucco garden walls were erected and walkways and garden gates replaced throughout the property. Naturally weather-resistant, low-maintenance materials such as cedar shingles, mahogany windows, and ipe decking will silver in time to match the original main house. Hard-wearing interior materials including douglas fir-planked walls and ceilings, beach-friendly cork floors, and an ash stair will withstand grandkids and guests alike.