Sagaponack, NY

A unique site, wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a freshwater pond on New York's Long Island, gave the Sagaponack House an opportunity to make the most of the scenic views. But the location also posed a challenge to the architects, since coastal and wetland zoning dictated a limited footprint for the property. Bates Masi Architects, of Sag Harbor, New York, viewed this commission as an exercise in reducing and carving out spaces from a solid mass to realize the clients' 7,500-square-foot vacation house.

The “carving” concept is repeated in the smallest detail, even within the house's various wet spaces. The children's bathrooms, for instance, feature skylit tub-and-shower combination rooms that resemble a series of boxes hollowed out from larger volumes. One of the main materials used throughout the house, solid surfacing, figures prominently in each of the sons' baths: tub surrounds chiseled with the kids' own names and nicknames; slotted drain floors; storage niches within the walls; and countertops with cutouts serving as towel holders. While some of these elements, such as the cubic volumes and planes of solid surfacing, appear again in the parents' bathroom suite, one feature in the four children's baths is singular—striking wall tiles faced with smooth stones. Not only do they convey depth from light hitting the surfaces, but they also add a note of understated whimsy. “It looks like some kid was stacking these up on the wall,” says principal Paul Masi. Still, the master bath has its own perks, such as his and hers steam showers and an outdoor tub.

In the house's common areas, the architects juxtaposed layers of contrasting materials to emphasize the play of rectangular masses and voids. The kitchen's breakfast bar/island is clad in oak, which is also used on the space's ceiling, a 20-foot-wide divider wall, and custom dining tables in both the kitchen and a separate dining room. A contrasting solid-surface alcove in the front of the island accommodates pull-out stools. Masi continues the carving out process with a second, deeper recess at the island's base to provide more leg room. Likewise, a stainless-steel niche visually cuts into white-lacquer cabinets to contain the range, sink, and pot filler. All other appliances are concealed behind the cabinet doors which, like their counterparts in the baths, have flush stainless steel-pulls rather than protruding hardware.

The art displayed on the kitchen's oak divider wall depicts crushed soda cans, while on the other side actual beverages form the main attraction. Some 156 wine bottles rest on mesh-fabric in the wall's integrated rack, gently lit by cold cathode tubes to create ambient lighting for the more formal dining room. “The repetition of the bottles and the label designs is beautiful, much like book spines in a library bookcase,” says Masi.

Location: Sagaponack, NY

Completion Date: 2012

Gross square footage: 7500 sq.ft.

Total construction cost: Withheld


Owner: Withheld

Bates Masi Architects
PO Box 510, 138 Main St
Sag Harbor NY 11963
Phone Number: 631.725.0229
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Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Paul Masi and Harry Bates Aaron Weil, Satoshi Ohkami, Kerry Sandoval

Interior designer: Bates Masi Architects-Victoria Pryor, Paul Masi, Aaron Weil

Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Phone Number: 212-254-0030
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Civil Engineer: Steven L. Maresca Engineer
Phone Number: 631-728-9480

Landscape: Stephen Stimson Associates
Phone Number: 508-548-8119
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Lighting Consultant (company name): Bates Masi Architects

Other (Audiovisual): Architectural Audio Video
Phone Number: 631.421.2842
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Other (Environmental Planning): Inter-Science
Phone Number: 631.283.5958
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General contractor:
Wright & Co. Construction, Inc.
Phone Number: 631-537-2555
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Michael Moran Photography, Inc
Phone number: 718-237-8830
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CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Graphisoft Archicad
Adobe Photoshop



Structural system
Poured Concrete Foundation, Steel and Wood framing, engineered lumber

Metal frame: Arcadia, Kawneer

Clear Pilkington Low E insulated

Entrances: Custom

Sliding doors: Metal frame: Arcadia

Pulls: Gruppo Romi.

Interior finishes
Kitchen: Wood Ceiling Oak w/ Patina Finish

Millwork: Custom Cabinetry Designed by Bates Masi Architects, Built by Molina Furnishings.

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Solid surfacing: Corian countertops w/ integrated sinks, Custom Stainless Steel Backsplash by Tebbens Steel.

Master Bathroom:
Flooring: 3 Form Chroma Ghost Applied, Oak w/ Patina Finish

Kids Bath:
Tile-Bali Stacked Pebble from Ann Sacks
Floor- Custom Corian-Evans and Paul

Poured Concrete Floor: Get Real Surfaces Polished concrete.
Wood Floor: Oak w/ Patina Finish

Table Designed by Bates Masi Architects, Built by James Damato
Chairs- Catifa 46 Sled, by Arper from ABC Home
Stools-Zeus by Arper from Unica Home

Master Bath:
Chair Paola Lenti Sand through Karkula

Interior ambient lighting: Element Lighting, Delta Lighting

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lutron

Kitchen: Grohe Essence, Hansgrohe Talis

Master Bath Tub: Tetsu Jado Porcher
Master Bath Fittings: Lacava Minimal
Sinks Custom Integrated corian with  countertops by Evans and Paul
Custom Glass by Westhampton Glass

Guest Bath Fittings: Lacava Minimal
Guest Sinks Custom Integrated corian with  countertops by Evans and Paul
Guest Bath Custom Glass by Westhampton Glass

Kids Bath:
Undermount Air Tub-Jado Porcher

Energy management or building automation system:Crestron

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Geothermal, green roofs, low voc finishes