East Hampton, NY

Site size: 0.51 acres

Project size: 1,895 square feet

Location: The site, six feet above sea level, is at high risk for flooding with both freshwater wetlands and a tidal estuary nearby.

Program: The clients for a single-family house wanted to minimize its environmental impact on the neighboring wetlands.

Solution:The one-story house, raised eight feet above the ground, is supported by 16 wood columns. The living space is arranged in a pin-wheel plan, with an open living and dining area at the center and three bedrooms, each with a balcony, bathroom, and closet, in the corners. This layout is repeated on the roof, where a cedar deck offers space for seating and gardens in each of three corners are directly above the bedrooms.

Sustainability: Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate power for geothermal pumps. Downspouts, installed in the columns, transport rainwater from the roof to the ground.

Construction materials: Wood-frame structure; cedar cladding; glue-laminated columns; cedar roof deck.


Completion Date: September 2013

Gross square footage: 1,895 square feet

Total project cost: withheld

Total construction cost: withheld

Client: withheld

Owner: withheld

Bates Masi + Architects
138 Main Street, Second Floor
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631.725.0229 phone
631.725.0230 fax

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record: Paul Masi, AIA LEED AP

Associate architect(s): Aaron Zalneraitis, Adam Jordan (both licensed architects)

Engineers: Steven L. Maresca

Lighting: Bates Masi Architects

General contractor: Brian Mannix
Mannix Custom Builders Corp.
Amagansett, NY

Bates Masi + Architects




Structural system
Wood Framing

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Custom – 5” x 36” Glue-laminated columns stake out the enclosing walls for each of the three bedrooms and extend continuously from the ground through the roof.

Exterior cladding
Rainscreen: Roughsawn Alaskan Yellow Cedar boards

Other: Bleached cedar decking, Roof gardens – 2’ x 2’ Green Roof Blocks

Metal frame: Sunview Doors and Windows

Skylights: Gerkin Windows

Entrances: Sunview Doors and Windows

Sliding doors: Sunview Doors and Windows

Locksets: Omnia, Rockwood

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: IKEA + Custom – Brian Mannix Builders

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Paneling: Alaskan Yellow Cedar siding w/ Cabot Wood Stain

Downlights: Rab Lighting

Task lighting: Halo Lighting

Exterior: Arlington Industries

Toto, Hans Grohe, Kohler, CHMI

Photovoltaic system: Photovoltaic Panels