Fire Island Bungalow

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Residential
  • Company/Firm
    AKA Insight
  • Lead Designer
    Allegra Kochman
  • Architect
    Michael Dunn Associates, filing architect
  • Interior Designer
    AKA Insight
  • Lighting Designer
    AKA Insight
  • Const. Company
    Fire Island Improvements
  • Photographer Credit
    Eduard Hueber
  • Location
    Seaview, NY
  • Client
    DuBow Family
  • Project Date
    June 30, 2021
  • Project Link


THE CHALLENGE: Modernize a dark, cramped three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow within the existing footprint. And create a light-filled vacation retreat for a family that loves to cook and entertain.

THE CLIENT: An experienced and cost-sensitive real estate developer wanted a home that would welcome four adult children and lots of friends.

THE TRANSFORMATION: We added a ribbon of windows to bring the outside in and created a prime bedroom suite in part of the attic and opened up the rest. The new open plan optimizes indoor-outdoor entertaining with the option for a very expandable dining area to fit 24. Guests can choose between 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

AKA is a Boutique Architecture firm delivering exceptional residential gut renovations in NYC. We specialize in renovations that inspire and transform lives. Our process is designed to ensure that our clients enjoy this important project.

We are an NYC Pre-war expert, transforming spaces into light-view-experience-filled apartments with more usable space. We believe in fostering strong relationships with our clients, placing communication and their needs at the forefront. We create value and bring delight to clients' lives by turning spaces into extraordinary homes designed for celebration.

Other prizes
Post Graduate William Kinne Traveling Fellowship Prize: Columbia University [1996] Lowenfish Memorial Prize: Columbia University [1996] Kinne Summer Traveling Fellowship: Columbia University [1993] Honors Thesis: Dartmouth College [1992] Winner of Great Bear III Cabin Design: Dartmouth College [1990] Kinne Travelling Fellowship Exhibit: Negotiation & Duration exhibit: Columbia University, NYC [Spring 2000] Waseda University Travelling Fellowship: Exchanging Views exhibit: Columbia University, NYC [Spring 1994] Waseda University Traveling Fellowship: Waseda University Studio Installation: Waseda University, Tokyo Campus [Summer 1993]