505 Fire Island Blvd

A hotel-like retreat in plain sight.
July 27, 2012

(The expansive living/dining room)

505 Fire Island Blvd

Fire Island Pines. Tom Kosch jokes that everyone’s been in his home before, for one reason or another. The 47-year-old jewelry designer explains that the home was a popular rental property before he and his partner, David Husty, bought it 14 years ago and transformed the 44-year-old structure into the sleek, flexible and minimalist living space it is today.

“The house was literally a beach shack when we bought it,” the Chelsea resident explains. “You could see through the door jams right to the outside!” So the couple performed a gut renovation in 2003, adding vaulted ceilings in the living and dining room and remodeling the kitchen before giving the bedrooms a boutique-hotel update in 2012. But unlike many renovations on the island, the house hardly feels gratuitous, favoring calming creams with pops of color and clever design over extravagant size and tastes. In fact, you’d hardly notice the one-story structure from the bustling Fire Island Boulevard outside. Unique highlights, like a hidden master bathroom that blends seamlessly with the wall of closets and retractable doors that transform the third bedroom into an office, mean the house keeps a small footprint without sacrificing amenities. “Having the house on Fire Island gave us other things to focus on: gardening, decorating, entertaining,” admits Kosch, who has vacationed on the island for almost 25 years. “The most rewarding part has been watching our house move to the next level and [making] it a true home that we’ve been able to share with family and friends.”

(The lap pool)

(Ocean kayaks in the lush gardened grounds)

(Antique-styled bottles on the bar)

(The master bedroom)