Framed by a canopy of trees, this Hamptons home is located between the town of Amagansett and the sea. Amalia Graziani of Noor Property Group designed the space with a focus on perfect symmetry to create a sense of calm while also exuding luxury and sophistication. At the start of this project, the cottage was unassuming and had challenging structural issues. Ultimately, Amalia transformed it into a spacious and bright home — custom millwork, a garage transformed into a barn, an open and bright basement and airy, elevated décor sourced from local artisans made her vision come to life.
“I fell in love with the location, but the house needed serious work,” Amalia recalls. “The property was presented as an obvious tear-down, but with so much new construction in the area, we saw an opportunity to retain the character of the house with a renovation and expansion.” The designer wanted the home to be structurally interesting, so the focus in any room would be on the beams, paneling or windows and furniture would be secondary. “To do this, we needed to improve the sense of scale,” she tells us. “Stairs were shallow, ceilings were low and the windows were small. We opened the space by blowing out the ceilings to showcase the pitched rooflines and excavated the lower level to allow for higher ceilings. Beyond that, we replaced everything in the home and expanded the house by 100 feet.”
To make the home as light-filled as possible, they opted for French doors instead of windows and added wide glass interior doors throughout. To play off the perpendicular lines of the French doors, Amalia created custom beams and beadboard. “Multiple layers of paneling and beams cast shadows that shift throughout the day. These bolder structural elements allowed for very understated furniture in pared-down fabrics,” the designer shares.
Since the home is used year-round, Amalia wanted to create a warm den/great room that would lend itself to cold winter nights by the fire. “To do this, we opened up the garage, which had beautiful high ceilings. Made to look like an adapted barn, the room has full wood paneling and heavy stonework on the fireplace, which was a risk given the airiness of the rest of the home. This choice ended up grounding the house and provides a relaxed space for larger groups,” she says.
This project is a great example of how Amalia is making waves in the industry. As she continues to work on a variety of unique projects throughout the Hamptons, NYC, and San Francisco, she’s become well known for her one-of-a-kind renovations, both contemporary and classic. Amalia’s emphasis on original details and local vendors has made her one of a limited number of female leaders paving the way in the real estate development industry. With this renovation, which took a little over a year, Amalia humbly credits the team. She concludes, “I cannot understate the value of sourcing a construction team based on referrals!”