Simply Sustainable

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

Island Challenges
Jeff McNamara

Island Challenges

Noel and Ellen Berk-Rauch, who live less than two hours away in Brooklyn, came to Fire Island “looking for something simple,” Noel says. Fred offered a simple design, but he couldn’t do much about the complicated construction process. Each morning, supplies were delivered by ferry to the island and driven down the so-called streets, which are just wide enough for a golf cart.

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