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Low-lying parts of Staten Island took a beating in Superstorm Sandy, and some of those blocks now sit abandoned. But that's not the whole story in the New York borough. Some flooded homeowners have chosen to stay, and are bouncing back.

Case in point: a new custom design created by architect Sal Genovese and built by contractor Mike Miranda. In place of the one-story bungalow ruined by Sandy's storm surge now stands a new home elevated on pilings, with a modern exterior style and a nicely appointed interior.

The Staten Island Advance reported on the project here (see: "Cool Spaces: Hurricane Sandy home rebuilt in South Beach," by Jan Somma-Hammel). As the accompanying slideshow reveals, the tight lot required a compact exterior form. But the designers have made the most of the interior volume, with open-plan living, dining, and cooking areas, and a dramatic light-filled open stairway. Small balconies offer a view of the water. And a nice bonus comes with elevating the structure: off-street parking under the house.