The experimental midcentury-modern structure of the Hamptons has lengthy been a supply of fascination to many within the design world — together with Timothy Godbold, an inside designer based mostly in Southampton, N.Y. So within the fall of 2019, when he observed an uncommon modernist home on the town listed on the market, he was intrigued.
Extra intriguing nonetheless: It was in-built 1973 by Eugene L. Futterman, a reputation he didn’t acknowledge.
The 1,700-square-foot residence was all angles, with two intersecting, triangular roof planes and a main bed room that rose into the treetops like a periscope. However the inside was dated and the weathered-cedar exterior had been repaired with mismatched boards, so the home had languished in the marketplace. “It was actually quirky, and it was a extremely good value,” Mr. Godbold, 55, stated.
“The minute I noticed it, I assumed, ‘Oh, that is going to be a black home,’” he continued. “The form of the home was so unbelievable, however the totally different shades of wooden have been distracting to the attention. Portray it a stable shade introduced the structure collectively.”
The asking value was $925,000, however he provided considerably much less and closed for $832,500 in January 2020.
A number of months later, Mr. Godbold established Hamptons 20 Century Trendy, a company devoted to preserving fashionable homes within the space. However in his own residence, he wasn’t beholden to the previous.
After transferring in, he started planning an overhaul of the inside and the grounds. His purpose: to mix the sensation of his architecturally bold childhood residence in Perth, Australia, with the vibe of a villain’s hide-out from a James Bond film.
“I’ve all the time been obsessive about James Bond villain lairs,” Mr. Godbold stated, citing the flicks “Thunderball” and “Moonraker” as sources of inspiration.
“I’m not married. I don’t have a accomplice saying, ‘No, honey, don’t try this,’” he defined. “It’s simply me, so I can do no matter I need.”
Main as much as the home, he designed a sequence of cantilevered bluestone steps that wind by way of the backyard and are lit from beneath, so they seem to hover on mild. Additionally, they conceal built-in audio system. “I can create no matter temper I need,” he stated. “If I’m having a celebration and need ’70s disco, it’ll be within the staircase.”
The spherical metal firepit is ringed by a terrace completed in sections of small and enormous black-pebble mosaic — a design based mostly on “the nuclear image,” Mr. Godbold stated, which additionally reminds him of Charlotte Perriand’s Rio espresso desk.
In the lounge, he put in a brief wall that’s angled so it looms over a snaking Nineteen Sixties sectional couch upholstered in nubby white wool. A big planter crammed with monstera vegetation sits atop the wall. Under, the present hearth has a brand new profile recalling a stepped pyramid.
“It’s based mostly on ‘Moonraker,’” he stated. “Keep in mind when he goes to Brazil and he’s coming into the lair and there are all of the angular partitions?”
However the lounge isn’t a homage simply to 007. “That’s additionally Paul Rudolph,” Mr. Godbold stated, naming the revered Twentieth-century American architect recognized for his geometric constructions. “He’s one among my idols.”
For mild switches and dimmers, Mr. Godbold selected steel toggle switches and knurled knobs from Buster & Punch that look able to triggering machine weapons or ejector seats.
In fact, few well-funded villains construct lairs solely for the aim of orchestrating dastardly deeds. Luxurious is normally a precedence, and Mr. Godbold made positive to not fall quick on that depend. Within the main bed room, he positioned his mattress on a carpeted riser with lighting beneath it and Belgian linen material surrounding it, for the sensation of a cocoon. Then he knocked down a wall to open the house to his rest room, the place he added ribbed fibrous cement panels from Equitone to the partitions and a soaking tub set beneath skylights.
For one of many two visitor rooms, he designed a customized stainless-steel mattress with a smoky grey travertine headboard and a built-in desk because the footboard. Within the eating room, he created a desk by putting a customized terrazzo prime on a planter from West Elm — “a $10,000 stone prime on a $400 base.”
Though he splurged on just a few particular items, Mr. Godbold pinched pennies elsewhere. To maintain renovation prices right down to about $350,000, he lived in the home through the 18-month mission, which he accomplished final August, and served as his personal common contractor.
“I had no kitchen — only a microwave and paper plates and cups,” he stated. “However I did it, and it was nice.”
He estimates the home could also be price twice what he spent on it. “Nobody wished this home,” he stated. “It had been sitting in the marketplace. However I knew precisely what I used to be going to do after I noticed it.”
If others comply with his instance, he added, “I hope they’ve as a lot enjoyable as I did.”
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