Beach Hampton – A Tiny House On The New York Atlantic Coast

This tiny house is set on a quarter acre of land that’s just 500 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. The house, dubbed Beach Hampton, can be found in Amagansett, NY. Designed by Bates Masi Architects, the project required the team overcome conflicting regulations.


Beach Hampton - Small House - Bates Masi Architects - New York - Exterior - Humble Homes

The land was purchased over 40 years ago by a couple, but since the time of purchase many new laws and regulations were introduced. Beach Hampton has a footprint of just 15-by-20 foot, and contains two storeys, giving it a total floor space of 600 square feet (55 square meters).


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FEMA required the first floor to be raised 6 foot above grade, however town planners stipulated that the height of the building could be no more than 25 foot. To meet both requirements the architects had to create a house that took full advantage of the (limited) space available to it.


Beach Hampton - Small House - Bates Masi Architects - New York - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The floor and roof plates have been engineered to be as thin as possible, and by removing ductwork from the ceiling area, further gains were made in head height. Each space has its own individually controlled mechanical unit, a feature that the architects claim will result in better energy efficiency.

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Beach Hampton contains walls that splay outwards from the base to the top of the building. The overall effect, from the inside, is the perception of spaciousness and openness. Floor-to-ceiling windows have been installed on the front face drawing in plenty of natural light. This is aided by a light well found in the center of the building.

Beach Hampton - Small House - Bates Masi Architects - New York - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The first floor is occupied by the kitchen, dining and living room. Behind the kitchen, there’s a toilet on one side and a staircase on the other. The second floor contains two decent-sized bedrooms, the bathroom and some storage space. There’s also a void that separates the two bedrooms, and allows light to pass down to the first floor from the light well.

For more tiny houses check out Winkley Workshop, a tiny house conversion located in London. Or, this small family home in SLovenia that gets a modern makeover. See all tiny houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Bates Masi + Architects

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. How does one match humble with low cost,with good design,good looks and good utility of space. Of course it has to have enough room for a family of four

  2. Are these one of those homes that when a hurricane sends them out to the ocean, the owners receive Federal (taxpayer) relief to rebuild? Legitimate question, I believe.

  3. I like it but one of the first pictures I saw I was not sure if the feature on the right of the picture was open to the outside or glass?

    But I have also some concerns. A person should be able to build their houses on their property but I am from Mobile, AL and we have these little storms called Hurricanes that come thru practically every year. The last big one was one named Katrina with a 22 foot surge of water that swept 7 feet of water inside our house which was on concrete blocks and my mother was only able to get out 5 minutes before the waters came because she had heard the river was rising.

    She made it out and went to the church she attended and called the police when trees and possible the roof of the church was coming down. The police told her that they could escort her to shelter but if the shelter was closed, she was out of luck. They would not take her to another. She ended up in a hotel we had stayed in when I came into town to visit. The hotel was closed but the maintenance guy gave her a room. No utilities were on but she had shelter.

    The east side of a hurricane is more dangerous. One thing we have learned down south is have trees put in. Cuts the wind and damage. Might still have water damage and your house floated out to sea but a lot of damage is stopped with trees. Do not build your property on the beach because it is not fair for the US taxpayers to help you rebuild your house when hurricanes hit. Evacuate when hurricanes occur also even if it is a category 1.

    There was a hurricane that hit Houston, TX many years ago and flooded the hospitals where they had their batteries. The hospitals had to evacuate their patients and the hurricane went back into the Gulf of Mexico where it built up again and decided to head north and hit Louisiana and made a right turn and all the way to Florida and made a left and went all the way up to Maine and was half way to England before it died out completely. It did a lot of damage and caused a few deaths mostly from drowning on the east coast so evacuate and save your family and your pets and your life.