It started as a way to bring three generations of family, spread across the globe, under one roof. Expertly sited on a two-and-a-half acre lot with private waterfront access, a 7,200-square-foot residence in Water Mill, New York, serves as home base for five adults and five preteens for summers, weekends, and holidays. “The challenge was making a viable whole for a family with disparate interests and age groups,” says architect Andrew Berman.

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A large chef’s kitchen for entertaining friends and family sits at the heart of the T-shaped plan’s two-story wing. Extending from it, a one-story leg with guest quarters comes together with a lower, canted offshoot containing the garage, their roofs blanketed with wildflowers. These volumes hug an entry courtyard where the acid-etched glazed facade is opalescent by day and a welcoming lantern at night. At the western end of the house, the living-dining area opens onto the pool patio. Each veranda is sheltered by cantilevers ranging from 6 to 12 feet deep.

“The design was generated from the siting, in order to make use of every inch of land,” says Berman. With landscape architect Coen + Partners, he maneuvered around a series of complicated wetland and property-line setbacks to create a house open to its stunning backdrop. A gravel path encircles the perimeter of the property; supports for espaliered roses and fruit trees surround a tennis court; and a vast lawn hosts family soccer games.

Like most houses in the Hamptons, the flat-roofed structure is clad almost entirely in cedar, but with a twist: rather than the ubiquitous shingle siding, Berman used long, narrow boards of bleached wood. Horizontal bands of board-formed concrete on the exterior walls of the two-story wing’s lower level contrast with vertical wood boards that sheathe the private upper levels. Douglas fir lines the interior on the lower level, where Berman kept the material palette to a minimum.

Gross square footage: 8,000 sq ft

Completion Date: 2012



Andrew Berman Architect
77 Chambers St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal, Lead Designer, and Project Architect:
Andrew Berman Architect, FAIA

Project Manager:
Dan Misri, RA



Geo Tech Engineer:
Condon Engineering, P.C.
1755 Sigsbee Rd
Mattituk, NY 11952

Structural Engineer
Ross Dalland P.E.
15 Railroad Ave
Kingston, NY 12401

Mechanincal Engineer:
D'Antonio Consulting Engineers, P.S.
30 West Waukena Ave
Oceanside, NY 11572



Coen and Partners

Goode Green (Green roof design)


General contractor:

SCI Builders Inc
45 Main Street, #3
Southampton, NY 11968



Michael Moran



Structural system:

Board formed cast in place concrete is used for bearing and site walls.



Wood doors:
CASE Window and Door



Stanley True-Close Adjustable Self-Closing Gate Hinge
Stanley Magna Latch MagnaLatch Vertical Pull
Ize basics thumb-turn and release by Sergison Bates

Exit devices: Pulls:
FSB Lift Slide Handles
FSB Window Handles


Interior finishes:

Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Douglas fir is used for interior paneling and bleached cedar boards of the same dimension are used for exterior sheathing. Concrete and wide plank Douglas fir boards are used for flooring. The window frames are Douglas fir.



Interior ambient lighting
HERA recessed undercabinet lighting
ARF- LED low profile recess or surface mounted LED spotlight
eW Cove Powercore Data sheet


Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:

Sustainable design principles were employed in order to maximize prevailing breezes and utilize a geothermal closed loop system for cooling and heating.