Sag Harbor House / Jendretzki


Architects: Jendretzki Design and Planning Consultant
Location: Sag Harbor, NY,
Architect of Record: Sal Croce
Design Consultant: Pablo Jendretzki
Contractor: Tim Mott, Sag Harbor
Client: Debora Oppenheimer
Landscape Designer: Maria Jose Recabarren
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jendretzki

5 11 Front Deck Porch 2 Sag Harbor

Set on an area called “Mount Misery” because it is close to a street named Misery Lane, this house is now setting the wave of renovations to imitate it, as lawyers are trying to change the street name, which if done, will double the property valuations overnight.

This existing house was re-designed to connect the exterior with the interior spaces. The gardens and forested exterior areas are the appeal of the context which were activated by opening up sidewalls, creating porches, connecting them with decks, terraces and stairs, and bringing as much light as possible into the house, and by doing so, bringing in also the green views.


The exterior decks and stairs also blend the different elevations of the exterior grade in a way that enhances the flow rather than obstruct it.

Although not LEED certified the house was equipped with green ideas in mind such as solar paneling on the roofs, rain water collection for grey waters, environmentally sound materials such as cork and recycled -acrylic composites, and energy efficient appliances, and HVAC systems. All exterior work such as decks, pergolas and stairs was fabricated with reclaimed-recycled woods.

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Interiors are a designed to provide a calm, peaceful, and natural environment.

This contemporary approach for an otherwise uneventful house has allowed the house to become vibrant, current, and for all for a very limited budget. Every material used is in the low end of the price range, but with intelligent choices and combinations they appear to be more than the addition of its parts.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Toto

  • Dual-Flush Toilets by Toto

Floor: DuroDesign

  • 12x12 Edipo Cork Flooring, pre-guled, water based by DuroDesign

Heating and Ventilation: Lennox Hearth Products

  • Fireplace Box: Merit Plus by Lennox Hearth Products

Joinery: Andersen

  • Doors: 200 Series Perma-Shield Gliding Patio Doors by Andersen
  • Windows: 200 Series Tilt-Wash Double Hung by Andersen

Kitchen Equipment: Bosch

  • Kitchen Equipment: All by Bosch

Walls: Benjamin Moore, NORSTONE

  • Paint: Aura low VOC by Benjamin Moore
  • Natural Stone: Charcoal Rock Selection by NORSTONE
Cite: "Sag Harbor House / Jendretzki" 23 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Cogs


    • Sep

      Actually, quite a sensitive work of details in the wood.

  • Michael

    Am I on the right website?

  • sebastijan
  • fokt

    This looks like a regular house.

  • Andrew Geber

    i usually dont like this much wood, but i must say this is great

  • MZ

    “Mostly harmless.” And yes, a litte boring.

  • Abe Froman

    Try, try as you may, but you cannot polish a turd.

    • Terry Glenn Phipps

      “you can if you freeze it” Stanley Kubrick

  • hj

    all I miss is a big cadillac and Joe the plumber mowing the lawn while the misses baked a cake that is cooling down in the window, and they’re preparing to spend the weekend at the mall.

  • atmoko

    This house is warm,it’s not talk about style, it’s peacefully place. is it place for relax, retirement?,,

  • etty

    i don’t like the window with the large wood framing detail.

  • mike

    very calm and warm building…fits perfect into its place imho. Very nice!

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  • Damien

    no contrast = boring. Lack of character and personality. Its like a shy or even a dead house.

  • Jason

    Just because a building isn’t white, grey and have euro modern furniture in it, you hate it. The home fits in perfectly into it’s location.

    • Jason

      ..and I also think that the lack of ‘life’ in the images are because there isn’t stuff scattered throughout the photos like most of the homes shown here. The kitchen is empty and there is nothing on the walls…

  • dan

    A nice attempt to up the ante on detailing and materiality for a mostly traditional American residential norm. No, its no flash-bang modernism, but that style is appreciated mostly by a small minority anyway. No, I personally don’t like the still present vestiges of unthinking traditionalism (gable framed window/circular window, eaves) on this house – but its a move in the right direction

  • StructureHub Blog

    Amusing comments (regarding how this home is shockingly representative of the large majority of home renovation projects – e.g., simple home to begin with, a limited budget, and cautious approach to design).

    ArchDaily, although I don’t think it is the most compelling of posts, it is one of the more refreshing – and you should consider doing more of them! I think your viewers are getting numb to the good design you highlight every day – this project should give them a jolt of reality – where talented architects try making the most of a renovation project with limited potential.

  • ygogolak

    The stone wall with the fireplace is way out of scale. Bad use of materials too.

  • Louis

    I find the stone fireplace wall one of my favorite elements. I like the materiality of the railings too. Beauty remains in the eye of the beholder.

  • Riko

    I love it! think they did a great job… its a perfect home, and great for all year round…

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  • Matt

    I’m not surprised by the comments. I’m relieved there are other defenders. The house, if somewhat polite, has a simple elegance to the features and the small touches (mirrored light fixtures, round window) bring some wanted eye-candy. You should go to the designer’s website to see more of the landscaping as this is strongest point of the work. It’s good to see this level of design brought brough in on a limited budget. That said, I agree some of the elements failed: fireplace scale is tough to gauge from the pictures and the gable window is a missed opportunity. I’m afraid the blocky stud pockets at the gable window are a compromise to costs.

    Some “before” pictures of the remodel would be an asset to our discussion here. There are a couple available on the architects website.

  • oscar falcón lara

    It’s a nice house, sure. Who lies here, someone very calm I guess. The use of wood is very thoughtful albeit normal, I like the wall finish on the chimney.

  • AMS

    Honestly, I don’t think its that bad… Its nothing groundbreaking but the detailing is a superb use of mundane materials and I’m glad to see it. It takes a talented designer to do so much with so little, even if the result isn’t a white box with one end open, on top of a brown box with an off-center window, like half of the projects on here.

    I’m always for trying something new, but this is about doing good design for the “unenlightened” instead of staying on our high horses and letting garbage architects design for that majority of people.

    • Roberto

      I would agree. Comments posted that denigrate the house tend to be “glass-is-half-full’ views, detracting points for not outright modernism. Others (the glass-half-full variants), praise the house for what the designer did bring to what could have been a completely banal residence.

      I could appreciate a well designed house in a thoroughly traditional style – and can also appreciate the more typical fare on this website. I think the “polished turd” criticism from above results from the fact that this is obviously a hybrid design, which fools noone into thinking it is modernism, and probably offends its more traditional neighbors for what novel details it does have. There is some merit to sticking in a style and perfecting your design, rather than attempt a kind of blending.

      Overall though, I think its a solid effort.

  • alex

    Pablo, it’s very nice, but U must show the place around the house to see how this style fits into the place. Very cool!