Bungalow Rebirth

The aftermath of hurricane Sandy presented an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a resident of Rockaway Beach. Rather than flee this storm-threatened area, young hipsters, families, and entrepreneurs are now flocking to this old run-down and working class beachfront community. The few remaining bungalows on the peninsula provide a particular draw to these newcomers. In our project, a new enclosed porch emerges as if born from the original bungalow. This new enlargement is pristine even as the existing part maintains its organic feel. The project reflects a synthesis of the desire to keep the integrity of these 1910 bungalows and also to meet the challenge of “tiny house” living that’s become all the rage. The original structure remains exposed and intact even as the entire house is weatherized for year-round use. The porch has been enclosed predominantly with large insulated sliding glass windows in order to maintain the open sense of light while also allowing for expansion of private and secure space. A modern white-with-black-accent interior was chosen to contrast with exposed roof rafters and new traditional painted board and batten siding on the exterior. In combination with a next door bungalow currently under construction, two bungalows joined buy beachfront landscaping will help show the way forward in the Rockaway Renaissance.