House, Delayed

The house on Meeting House Lane as the siding went on Paul Rice

When Paul Rice, an architect who has designed houses throughout the South Fork with his partner, Ward Welch, for 25 years, purchased a house at 78 Meeting House Lane in Amagansett in 2008, he set to work gutting it and adding 1,200 square feet. The timing couldn’t have been worse.

Plans were for a 4,500-square-foot, updated gambrel-roofed traditional but construction, which only extended to the exterior of the house, was stopped as the market dove south. The interior is framed, but unfinished. 

Plans for the house, on a flag lot, include covered porches, a finished basement, mudroom, and “spaces that collect the sun as it changes throughout the day,” said Mr. Rice. It was inspired by an early Shingle Style house on Pudding Hill Lane in East Hampton.

The partially finished construction was actively on the market for a while with drawings of the house-to-be featured on a brochue, but the duo has taken it off. Now that the market is going gangbusters, the architects are hoping to find a buyer on their own – or investors, who will allow them to finish building their vision.

Only the exterior has been finished. Paul Rice