Bates Masi + Architects’ Re-Cover House: Amagansett, New York

Bates Masi + Architects’ Re-Cover House will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell after earning a recent award for its comprehensive renovations and an addition that gracefully embraces green building principles.

We’re still tracking what’s happening with the Sag Harbor-based firm’s 132 North Main Street project, but in the meantime want to point you to Bates Masi + Architects’ Re-Cover House, which will be featured in the April 2009 issue of Dwell magazine. The firm actually designed the house nearly 35 years ago as a Long Island vacation home in Amagansett but recently executed a renovation and addition for a new set of owners; the project earned a 2008 AIA Peconic Chapter Merit Award for Architecture/Renovations & Additions.

In order to boost the house’s square footage, its original south wall and deck were removed but cyprus wall boards and cedar wood decking therefrom were preserved and recycled into new siding, stair treads, scrim material, and risers. By preserving such materials, the firm was able not only to complete the project by using very few new materials, but also preserve the original design intent of the house across both the renovated interior walls and exterior cladding, which was almost completely constructed originally from twelve-inch wide cypruss clapboards.

The project scope also included enlarging and modernizing the house’s bathrooms, kitchen, and dining terrace, as well as refinishing all floors, walls, and countertops. Paul Cassidy served as the project’s contractor.

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