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Re-cover Residence / Bates Masi Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 October, 2009
Re-cover Residence / Bates Masi Architects
Re-cover Residence / Bates Masi Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    East Hampton, NY, United States
  • Architect

    Bates Masi Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    Steven L. Maresca
  • Client

  • Contractor

    Paul Cassidy
  • Project Year


From the architect. Thirty-five years after the firm originally designed this vacation residence, its new owners sought to rejuvenate the house while preserving its spaces, seasoned tones, and texture. Clad inside and out almost entirely in twelve-inch wide cypress boards, the original house exuded a straightforward simplicity the owners wished to maintain. By constraining the palette of materials and reusing salvaged parts of the existing house, the line between new and old becomes nearly imperceptible, limited only to minimal inflections in finish.

In the enlarged and updated baths, and in the modernized kitchen and dining terrace, a dense glacial sedimentary sandstone is used for its fine workability into a variety of finishes. In this way the stone varies subtly – only in texture – as it is reapplied from one surface to another: horizontal walking surfaces are rendered with a smooth honed finish, vertical wall surfaces with a rough flamed finish, and countertops in a glossy polished finish. This tactile language is traced consistently from room to room.

Little of the material seen in the addition is in fact new. As the south wall and deck of the house were dismantled to make room for the new construction, the cypress boards and cedar decking were carefully salvaged and machined into new siding, fine scrim material, stair treads and risers. Reused, this cladding bears precisely the same patina as the other surfaces in the house – an effect truly impossible to achieve with new construction materials. Only on close inspection is new texture and color revealed at the boards’ freshly cut edges.

In enhancing the simplicity of the original design, a subtle complexity has emerged. Splices, cuts, and finishing techniques inflect upon otherwise homogenous materials, recording the methods of craft and workmanship. Over the next thirty-five years the patina that naturally accrues over time will continue refine the delicacy of these inflections.

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Gianfranco · June 11, 2012

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Fresh Studio · February 06, 2012

Casita muy cuca :) #arquitectos #interiorismo

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Vitaliy Alt · October 28, 2009

Very beautiful and economic house.

mart · October 20, 2009

bates masi is swiftly becoming one of my favorite firms. everything i see from them just clicks for me.

z99 · October 20, 2009

two thumbs up

Chas · October 19, 2009

When I look at the floor plan it looks like there is a door off the rear deck that goes into the bathroom shower? what's that about?
Very cool house

Matt · October 22, 2009 02:22 AM

It looks as though the shower and sink have windows to outside, looking out into a small latticed space. For privacy it is closed off, but a door has been provided to allow occasional access.

Richiee Phan · October 19, 2009

Lovely house. Good!

Mark · October 19, 2009

I love the use of wood throughout this project.

amonle · October 19, 2009


Felipe Goes · October 19, 2009

Beautiful house. I liked the wood in the façade. Wish I could see more images of the terrain to understand the relationship between the house and the landscape.


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