This house is not the first Paul Masi designed for himself, but it is, as he puts it, 'much more grown up.' As one half of Bates Masi + Architects, a firm based in Sag Harbor, New York, he has now crafted a 3,200-square-foot house for his family in the heart of nearby Amagansett. The half-acre site close to the resort's main road posed a particular acoustical challenge to an architect adept at trans-lating the local vernacular of cedar-shingled cottages into graceful modern residences.

To form an acoustic barrier to the rumbling traffic just a couple of hundred feet away, Masi created a series of parallel windowless walls throughout the house, each 20 inches thick, sheathed in cedar, with a poured concrete core.

The 12-inch-wide boards that clad both sides of the walls are held in place by springlike stainless-steel clips that allow unhindered expansion of the wood. That same 12-inch vertical module is used for the marble wall slabs in the three bathrooms and for built-in furnishings and interior details. The custom clips that hold the various elements in place also serve as hooks and cabinet pulls. Oak floors and ceilings and weathering steel, in the house and for the outdoor showers, round out the sparse material palette.

The dominant wall of the main space'for cooking, dining, and gathering'features felt panels between the concrete and its loosely hung cedar boards for additional sound absorption. Opposite it, sliding glass doors open completely to the outside, where hornbeam trees line the perimeter of the property'making a private and tranquil oasis at the center of town.


Owner: Paul & Elizabeth Masi

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:
Paul Masi, AIA LEED AP

Project Team: Doug Farrell, Robert Couch, Peter Storey

Interior designer: Bates Masi + Architects

Engineer(s): Steven Maresca

Landscape: Bates Masi + Architects

General contractor: Owner

Photographer(s): Bates Masi + Architects

Completion Date:

May, 2014

Gross square footage:

3,200 Sq.ft.



Structural system
Insulated Concrete Formwork

Exterior cladding
Metal Panels: Weathered steel in 20, 14, and 10 inch widths

Wood: The siding is comprised of Western Red Cedar boards that are attached with custom designed stainless steel clips that hold the boards in tension rather than fasten through them. 

Built-up roofing: EPDM

Other: Crushed bluestone where visible

Metal frame: Arcadia

Glass: Westhampton Glass

Sliding doors: Arcadia

Locksets: Baldwin

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Ciuffo Cabinetry

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Interior ambient lighting: Brendan Ravenhill

Energy management or building automation system: Eco-Bee