Site size: 2 acres Project size: 6,800 square feet

Program: On a two-acre waterfront lot in North Haven, New York, the clients wanted a home that would provide expansive views across Sag Harbor Bay, multiple outdoor spaces for entertaining, and extensive natural light even deep within the structure. 

Location: North Haven, New York

Solution: The main entry corridor of the house, which runs perpendicular to the second-floor bedroom wing above it, leads to a 1 ½ story open-air courtyard glazed with 13-foot glass panels. The glass cube opens to a patio, creating an extended outdoor entertaining space. On the second floor, a roof deck and outdoor fireplace form a second living room, which connects to the backyard via hidden stairs. Inside, a sculptural plaster and glass spiral stair rises in front of a double-height window.

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Construction and materials: The exterior of this steel-frame house is clad in laminated limestone veneer, aluminum, and teak. Interior walls are finished in white Venetian plaster, while floors are rift white oak with a white stain. Teak louvers on front windows allow daylight in while maintaining privacy.


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Completion date: Fall 2015

Gross square footage: 6,900 sq. ft.



Blaze Makoid Architecture
PO Box 436
Sagaponack, NY 11962
Phone: 631-537-7277
Fax: 631-537-7188

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Partner in Charge: Blaze Makoid, AIA

Project Team: Lori Beppu, Jonathan Kayton, AIA, Ray Renault, Steven Martilla


Interior designer:

David Scott Interiors



Structural Engineer

J.R. Holzmacher P.E., LLC

Consulting Engineers

3555 Veterans Memorial Highway Suite A,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7636
Phone: 631-234-2220


General contractor:

Kelley Built



Joshua McHugh



Landscape: Ed Hollander Design Landscape Architects

Lighting: Orsman Design Inc.

Acoustical: N/A

Other: Sensoryphile Audio Video By Design

Kitchen: Bulthaup Scottsdale





Structural System

Steel moment frame system with engineered wood infill.  Use of large expanses of glass required that the steel frame be hidden within the narrow wall cavity while providing adequate vertical and lateral resistance to the required load combinations set forth by local building code.  Slender tie rods were utilized in select locations to minimize deflections on cantilevers while remaining hidden inside the wall cavity.

Large floating fireplace required all structure to be hung from above utilizing a steel frame with light gage infill.

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: N/A

Exterior Cladding

Masonry: Stone Panels limestone stone veneer mounted on aluminum honeycomb panels, honed finish

Metal panels: Alpolic metal panels

Metal/glass curtain wall:


Precast concrete:

Wood: Teak

EIFS, ACM, or other:

Moisture barrier: Huber ZIP System

Curtain wall:

Other cladding unique to this project:


Built-up roofing:

Elastomeric: EPDM rubber roofing system

Metal: Alpolic panels at entry canopy and frame of Living Room “cube.”




Wood frame:

Metal frame: aluminum windows by Fleetwood Windows and Doors


Glass: exterior glass railings by Westhampton Architectural Glass

Skylights: Lynbrook Glass & Architectural Metals Corp.

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:

Other: wine room glazing by Westhampton Architectural Glass; office partition by Hampton Glass & Mirror


Entrances: aluminum pivot door by Fleetwood Windows and Doors

Metal doors: aluminum swing door by Fleetwood Windows and Doors

Wood doors: Heritage Millwork

Sliding doors: aluminum sliding doors by Fleetwood Windows and Doors; oversized invisible sill sliding doors in the Living Room by Vitrocsa.

Fire-control doors, security grilles:

Special doors:

Upswinging doors, other:


Locksets: FSB 1035


Exit devices:

Pulls: FSB 4299; Accurate 24S

Security devices:

Other special hardware: S.A. Baxter Kalahari Series pull by David Scott at entry pivot door

Interior Finishes

Acoustical ceilings:

Suspension grid:

Demountable partitions:

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: -           Bulthaup (Kitchen)
-           Master Closet (Poliform)
-           Heritage Millwork (custom millwork throughout)
-           Boffi (Guest Bathroom vanities)

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Wall coverings: -         Phillip Jeffries
-           Stark Fabric

Paneling: -       Custom bleached & weathered teak walls (Family Room, Cabana, Laundry Room)
-           Aluminum Panels (Powder Room)

Plastic laminate:

Solid surfacing: -         Studium
-           Boffi

Special surfacing:

Floor and wall tile: -    Studium (Guest Bathrooms, Powder Room)

Resilient flooring:

Carpet: -          Doris Leslie Blau (Living Room, Guest Bedrooms)
-           Holland & Sherry (Family Room, Office)

Raised flooring: Plaster Walls by Pietra Viva (Entry Foyer, Kitchen, Family Room, Dining Room)
Custom steel, plaster, and glass helical staircase by Ferra Designs

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Plaster Walls by Pietra Viva (Entry Foyer, Kitchen, Family Room, Dining Room)
Custom steel, plaster, and glass helical staircase by Ferra Designs


Office furniture:

Reception furniture:

Fixed seating:




Other furniture:


Interior ambient lighting: Orsman Design worked in conjunction with the interior designer in the selection of lamps and other decorative elements to ensure that they worked in cohesion with all of the architectural lighting. Consistency of the color temperature was paramount.
•          Decorative lighting
8-Tier Smoked Murano Glass Chandelier Italy c. 1960's (Stair Hall)
Brand: Mazzega thru John Salibello

AJ Eklipta LED Ceiling Light (Mechanical Rooms/Garage/Pantry)
Brand: Arne Jacobsen by Louis Pulson

Cantalupi Oslo Reading Lights (Master Bedroom)
Brand: Lumescent

Fontana Arte Glass & Brass Pendants (Powder Room)
c. 1950s
Brand: Fontana Arta thru Lost City Arts

Gluck Pendant Fixture by Naomi Paul (Kitchen Powder Room)
Brand: Naomi Paul thru Bespoke Global

Meudon Wall Sconce (Office)
Brand: Jonathan Browning thru Bright Group

HVDS Sconces (Master Bath)
Brand: Pucci

One Arm Sconce (Girl’s Bedroom)
Brand: David Weeks

Biomorphic Ceramic Lamps, Circa 1950 (Living Room)
Brand: Glenn Dooley

1950's Austrian Brass Floor Lamp (Living Room)
Brand: Susan Youngblood

Baluster-Form Ceramic Table Lamp, Ceramic Table Lamp (Living Room)
Brand: Wyeth

Stilnovo Floor Lamp (Office)
Brand: Stilnovo thru MoncXIII

Brass Desk Lamp (Office)
Brand Cedric Hartman thru Wyeth

Downlights: MR-16 down lights were utilized.  These are fully trimless with conical trims and a deep recess of the aperture, providing the least amount of glare. All fixtures are 45-degree adjustable with softening lenses.

Tasklighting: For more task-oriented spaces, Orsman Design specified flush LED linear fixtures in order to ensure the ability to adequately brighten the space. High output, dimmability, and again the correct color temperature were crucial.

Exterior: The design had a focus on the architecture, plantings and other specific details. Orman Design avoided over lighting, but instead created warmth, intrigue and depth while respecting the scale of the residence in its surroundings.

Dimming system or other lighting controls: The Lutron system allows for absolute flexibility. Orsman Design allowed for more circuits per room to give the ability to add more drama through individual light settings.


Elevators/escalators: N/A

Accessibility provisions: N/A




Energy management or building automation system: Taking advantage of its location and availability water suitable for installation of a geothermal system, the Ferry Road home’s HVAC system was designed with aesthetics, comfort and sustainability in mind.  The system was designed and installed by Weber and Grahn Conditioning Corp, Craig Rietmann - Mechanical Engineer and head HVAC project manager.
Two open loop geothermal wells service 5 heat pumps for 16 two-stage heating and cooling zones. Of special note is the custom designed wine room which features a 3 sided glass enclosure.  Weber and Grahn’s custom designed wine room system allows for environmental control of temperature and humidity to seamlessly tie into the architectural beauty of this unique focal point.
Energy efficient condensing boilers are utilized for a 27 zone radiant heating system.  The differences in flooring materials and room orientations required the creative assignment of radiant heat zoning utilizing both radiant subflooring panels as well as embedded radiant loops.  Use of two stage heating, steam humidification systems and integrated energy management controls help maximize the home’s energy efficiency, homeowner comfort while maintaining the home’s unique architectural character.
Savant Home Automation

Photovoltaic system: provided by GreenLogic Energy; (51) SunPower 327W panels, (1) SunPower SPR-6000p inverter, and (1) SunPower SPR-11401f inverter.

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: N/A

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: N/A