This 5,000 square foot, waterfront house sits on a one acre site overlooking Sag Harbor Bay, Northwest Harbor and Shelter Island. Numerous flood zone designations and wetland setbacks limited the buildable footprint to 2,600 square feet. Further adding to the design challenge is a street/entry property line width of only 60 feet.
A pair of two story bars splays out from the entry point of the house to reveal sweeping water views at the rear façade maximizing the buildable area. While the living room is the ‘soft space’ that mediates between the two geometries on the first floor, a two story, glass curtain wall and bridge connect the bedrooms on the second.
The arrangement of key spaces and circulation routes through the house favor a slightly southeastern exposure, capturing the view of a salt marsh prior to the large expanse of water. This landscape is backlit by the setting sun in the evening and is home to egrets, blue heron and osprey.
The program for the house includes four bedrooms, TV den, home office and screened porch. A second floor roof deck, embedded within a ‘green roof’ perimeter, allows for an almost unending view and is the perfect spot to unwind.
Photography by Marc Bryan Brown