The Ditchplains house renovation in Montauk is finished

This project involved taking a rather ordinary ranch house and transforming it into a summer delight.  As you can see from the photos of the original house it was not much to look at and the interior was rather dark and uninviting.  Well it did not need much of an intervention to transform it significantly.  By adding a frontis piece to protect the new deck on the street side (also south side) of the house we created a comfortable space to relax in and allowed all the rooms (Living room & Master Bedroom) to be opened up and to have access to outdoor space. The simple removal of the wall separating the kitchen from the living room created a spacious great room.  The new kitchen is treated as a piece of furniture by creating a large table/island that becomes the focal point of action allowing the owner, who is an avid cook to interact with his guests. Since a new triple panel sliding door replaced the old bay window creating a new front door the old entry hall was converted into a study with the redundant hall closet giving way to a desk.

Street Elevation of the old house

The old living room with the bay window to the street

The old dining room with the kitchen to the right

The old kitchen with the vinyl flooring (that was replaced with oak to match the existing flooring in the living/dining room)

The street front of the house after the renovation

The new front steps leading up to the new deck between the arbor/trellis/planter wall and the house

Detail of the new rain screen siding (as part of the renovation we replaced all the windows with new high performance casements)

Detail of the new street side screen wall.

Detail of the arbor

View of the new front deck.  The lower portions of the screen wall are for seating while the  taller ones are planters to be filled with flowers and beach grasses.

The new Living/Dining/Kitchen great room

The new great room looking towards the street with the front deck seen through the new sliding doors that replaced the old bay window.


About studiokiss

I am an architect interested in creative ideas from divers sources. Through my professional practice, Studio Kiss, I work on commercial and residential projects. I am also the founder of ASAP•house a manufacturer of modern prefab houses.


  1. Nice look. What kind of wood is the pergola made of?

  2. It’s made out of Mahogany

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