During the school year, David and Liz Netto and their family live in Los Angeles. But come summer, the native New Yorkers relocate to their happy little house on stilts in Amagansett. Netto, an interior designer and writer, purchased the beachfront property, which abuts a nature preserve on one side, in 2006, when he and Liz, a writer, documentary filmmaker, and passionate longboarder, sold their apartment in Manhattan and moved to the West Coast. His motivation was simple: He wanted an excuse to keep spending summers out east, something he’s done all his life. To upgrade its ’80s aesthetic and make the most of its unique interlocking hexagon design, Netto enlisted his architect friend Will Meyer, of the New York City firm Meyer Davis. Meyer helped him add large casement windows, wrap the exterior in cedar shingles, line the interior walls with pale-fir planks, and blow out the top floor into a large master suite. Netto also designed built-in bed frames, night tables, and bookshelves; the stand-alone pieces are a mix of essentials (a sofa, a dining table) and personal objects, including David’s collection of eccentric vintage chairs, lots of artwork, and even more books. Post-renovation, the house’s distinctive layout -- walking through it can feel like winding your way up a lighthouse -- is more calm than quirky. “It has this sort of elegant identity now,” says Netto. “There’s a feng shui orientation between the house and how it relates to the dunes surrounding it and the ocean.” That makes it the perfect surf hideaway for Liz, and a harmonious retreat for the whole family.
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