Northwest Peach Farm / Bates Masi Architects


Architect: Bates Masi Architects
Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
Client: Private
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Landscape: Coen & Partners
Contractor: Robert Padden Company & Brian Mannix Builder
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Michael Moran Photography

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This residence is primarily used when the clients’ extended family comes from England for long visits. They come to relax and to reconnect with their family and with nature, away from city crowds and traffic, at a retreat they neither want nor need to leave for a month. The design objective was to make every day of that month unique by providing a range of destinations within the site with diverse scales, functions, and views: from gathering in the expansive living room overlooking the fields of the former peach orchard to reading alone on a shaded bench between the library and the edge of the forest. Multiple paths and hallways connect each destination, further increasing variety. Finally, each detail and custom furnishing is designed to make mundane rituals into thoughtful events.

first floor plan
first floor plan

For example, in the kitchen, rolling cutting boards ride in tracks down the long island, turning meal preparation into an assembly line for everyone’s participation. Those not cooking can make a selection from the wine room where the bottles cast a pattern of shadows through a glazed wall into the main entrance. The dining table can be configured for the evening: stainless steel tubes running the length of the table can be rotated to reveal candleholders, flower vase holders, or flat surfaces for hot dishes. At other times, the tubes can be removed and the trough filled with ice for chilling drinks. For a change of pace, there is dining on the roof deck at sunset, barbequing on the terrace, lunch in the shade of the pool house canopy, or breakfast in the screened porch. Each space is unique, making each meal special.


Even the morning routine becomes an event. In the kids’ rooms, a ribbon of stone traces their morning ritual. Starting as a nightstand by the bed, it becomes a bench for their pile of clothes, a desk for checking their email, a sink in the bathroom, and, finally, the shower floor. In the parents’ master closet, hidden steel hooks pivot up from the mahogany bench to hang the day’s outfit choices.


The clients wanted this to be a gathering place for their family, full of memories for generations to come. Thus the materials were chosen not only for durability but also for their gradual changes over many years. The siding and roofing will slowly turn green as the weathering limestone becomes darker. However, the window system will stand the test of time unchanged. An English company has manufactured the same industrial steel windows for over 150 years and many early examples are still in tact. A geothermal heating and cooling system, green roofs, organic finishes, and triple glazed windows will minimize the structure’s environmental impact over the generations.

The clients look forward to many tranquil summers together with their family in the house.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Toto , Dornbracht, Boffi, Grohe, Neptume, Duravit, Ann Sacks

  • Fixtures by Toto
  • Fixtures by Dornbracht
  • Fixtures by Boffi
  • Hardware by Grohe
  • Fixtures by Neptume
  • Fixtures by Duravit
  • Fixtures by Ann Sacks

Facades: Cooper Lightning and Safety, Bates Masi Architects

  • Copper shingle panels custom designed by Cooper Lightning and Safety
  • Cedar Channel Siding custom designed by

Floor: Mahogany, Mankato Kasota Stone

  • Decking by Mahogany
  • Limestone by Mankato Kasota Stone

Heating and Ventilation: Modern Fan Co.

  • Fan by Modern Fan Co.

Joinery: Crittall

  • Windows by Crittall

Kitchen Equipment: Miele, Viking, Franke, Kohler, Wolf, Sub Zero, Dornbracht

  • Appliances by Miele
  • Appliances by Viking
  • Sinks by Franke
  • Hardware by Kohler
  • Appliances by Wolf
  • Appliances by Sub Zero
  • Fixtures by Dornbracht

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Lucifer Lighting Co., Lightolier, Weaver & Ducre, Engineered Lighting Products, Tech Lighting, Lightology

  • Lighting by Lucifer Lighting Co.
  • Lighting by Lightolier
  • Lighting by Weaver & Ducre
  • Lighting by Engineered Lighting Products
  • Lighting by Tech Lighting
  • Lighting by Lightology

Walls: Mahogany, Mankato Kasota Stone, Western Red Cedar

  • Wood flooring by Mahogany
  • Limestone veneer tiles by Mankato Kasota Stone
  • Limestone tile by Mankato Kasota Stone
  • Panels & Siding by Western Red Cedar
  • Veneer slabs by Mankato Kasota Stone
Cite: "Northwest Peach Farm / Bates Masi Architects" 06 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
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  • Oliver

    this is an amazing house – clean structures with reduced design – lots of really good looking woodwork and a bedroom like a cathedral … wow!

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  • oscar falcón lara

    fantastic interiors and a very well made approach to the overall design are winners in this project, from the gabled roofs to the use of wood. THe kitchen is phenomenal.

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  • ygogolak

    What a dream job for an architect. Very well thought out and detailed.

  • RL

    This house is phenomenal! I am absolutely in awe of how beautiful the design is. What a dream job.

  • jwc3

    Nice house. Unfortunate choice of cabinet pulls.

  • Collin

    Such a usefule blog wow !!!!

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  • Eric

    No gutter details? I want to do that.

  • Rick_From_NJ

    Really lovely home.
    Such a refreshing change from the minimalist, white on white, nightmare boxes.
    I can hear children laughing, and running in the hallways, great dinners cooked in the kitchen, quite evenings spent before the fireplace, and warm, wonderful family Christmases.
    This is a home. Not an art statement.

  • Winston

    Why isn’t Niche Modern attributed with those beautiful lights in the dining area and above the living room space?! I think their one of the “deal-sealers” for me!

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