Combining the open spaces of modern design with the local gabled vernacular of cedar shingles, New York-based Robert Young Architecture & Interiors pulls off an intimately scaled yet sprawling family compound on Montauk Lake; managing to accommodate a 4,500-square-foot main house with a 50-foot lap pool, an 1,800-square-foot guest house, and a barn.

The architects carefully disguise the bulk of the main house with an aggregate of smaller, informal living spaces, creating a variety of views and experiences that take full advantage of the northern water views and southern sun and breezes. In this compound, it's the sum of the parts that make up the whole.

Photography by Michael Moran via Robert Young Architecture & Interiors

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The local vernacular of cedar shingles sets the tone.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The compound appears as a series of small buildings. 

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: Views of the lake preside throughout the compound. 

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: Exposed structural trusses in the primary living area have been painted white to match the rest of the room.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The interiors have been subdivided into kitchen, dining, and living areas.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The patchwork of stainless steel and white-fronted kitchen units keeps the kitchen from appearing monolithic. 

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: Driftwood-clad storage units act as partitions and subdivide the open space.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The living room extends seamlessly out onto the deck.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: In deference to the exterior views, the white palette of the living area is maintained in the bedrooms as well. 

Bathroom in Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: A large mirror in the bathroom reflects a window to the outside.

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: A white four-poster bed frames the view to the outside. 

Double bunk beds at Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: A double bunk helps with overflow guests.

Bathroom in Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: A walk-in shower sits at the end of a narrow bathroom. 

Screened porch at Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista  

Above: Screened porches are a requirement, given the lakeside setting. 

Outdoor shower in Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: An outdoor shower and a built-in bench sit on the side of the house. 

Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: The main house and the guest house sit around the 50-foot-long lap pool.

Barn at Montauk Lake House by Robert Young | Remodelista

Above: A small barn with a cut-out view to the lake is the first building one sees after entering the gates. 

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