Nestled on a small site that has been specifically cleared for the residence the house has been clad in wood on the outside to ensure it blends in with the landscape. Insulated glass windows frame the views outside while keeping out the chill even as passive solar heating brings warmth indoors.
This was done to meet the local building code even while giving the residence an identity of its own. Due to the harsh local weather conditions and cost constraints the house was completed in eight months and the interior feels both cozy and liberating with smart windows framing the scenic landscape outside.
Designed originally in the 1960’s by one of the disciples of in East Hampton is a home that has plenty of nostalgic and sentimental value to its owners. Post the storm surge created by Hurricane Sandy much of the original home was extensively damaged and Bates Masi Architects were brought it to create a new residence for the family that borrowed heavily from its previous form and silhouette.
The new kitchen and dining area in the rear becomes the social zone with stackable folding glass doors connecting this space with the deck and garden outside. The three-level house now feels cheerful modern and yet timeless – a sense of poise that the homeowners longed for!
Slanting roof forms give the façade another unique feature while functional arrangement of spaces inside the house makes life much easier. A wooden deck outside extends the living area outside while an area originally designated for the garage has been turned into a beautiful home office that also serves as an additional guest room.
The transition between the interior and the exterior further facilitates this nature-centric lifestyle with a shaded porch that the homeowners can enjoy both at dawn and dusk. With a pergola structure that consists of mobile slats ventilation on the porch can be controlled easily.
A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.
Designed by Field Architecture a metal and wood frame anchors the home with glass walls and sliding glass doors connecting the interior with the woods outside. Concrete walls and the entrance and in the kitchen offer more textural contrast while different wildlife species passing through the lot are left undisturbed even as the homeowners enjoy life inside its peaceful confines.