Simply Sustainable

The right materials made all the difference in an out-of-the-way island home.

Essential Planning
Jeff McNamara

Essential Planning

Building an environmentally responsible home is challenging, but designing one that stands up to coastal elements can prove even harder. Add to that a site on a virtually automobile-free island and you have one headache of a project. “You have to plan ahead,” says architect Fred Stelle of the home he built on Fire Island, New York. “You can’t just run around the corner to the hardware store and pick up a pound of nails.”


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