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Earthy Timber Clad Interiors vs. Urban Glass Exteriors: Cottage Design by Bates Masi Architects

Bates Masi Architects designed this sprawling glass and wood house which, while natural in its materials and overall aesthetic, features tons of unusual architectural features that offer an awesome element of surprise to the earthy, subdues cottage architecture. Wood ceilings and floors warm up the home’s modern, dramatic kitchen, the industrial style staircase, and cool glass walls enclosing interiors. When it comes to New York Homes, this Southampton beauty is one to tour. Check it out!

From the front, this is a humble abode – largely closed off, private, and begging to be explored.
The view from the back reveals the home’s hidden, social spirit, where outdoor living, glass walls and open interiors invite entertaining and family life, inside and out. The two tiered deck is furnished with flair, offering the comforts of home under an open sky.
The client wished to leave the existing home – a 1970s kit structure – intact, while doubling the living space with an addition. According to Bates Masi Architects. “The existing structure consists of glulam post and beam construction connected with steel plates. One solution could be to mimic the existing architectural language of the post and beam skeletal structure in the addition. Since the existing house clearly expressed the structural system, the addition should also express this. The architect chose to clearly identify the existing system of the house and create a dialogue with a contrasting panelized system in the addition.”
The home’s timber clad character makes its way indoor, where wood ceilings, floors and walls express nature’s perfect imperfections in their knots and uneven grain.
This living area is open and airy, yet intimate, thanks to the warmth of the wood ceilings and floors. Glass walls break up the monotony of an all-wood space. Beyond these, the waterfront property enjoys a layered view of wetlands to an estuary, the bay and the ocean beyond. Contemporary furnishings and modern lighting give this organic space an urban edge.
The dining area sits even with the deck just on the other side of the glazed wall. The wood floor runs continuously from inside out. This seamless set-up allows for entertaining indoors or alfresco, simply by passing through the sliding glass door.
This kitchen has a modern “edge” without while maintaining its earthy appeal. This simple space boasts an amazing backdrop with an industrial aesthetic, overlaid with a floating countertop/work station and an open storage shelf overhead.
It would be a crime to conceal these floating stairs, which are a blend of natural wood and industrial steel, all suspended by barely there steel wires. An interesting and totally functional feature is that one of the steps extends around the corner to form a tabletop. Love!
The bedroom’s soothing style makes an ideal sweet retreat. The space is illuminated by a pair of vertical widows on either side of the bed, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall framing the view. The wood ceilings and floors visually connect the space to the rest of the home.
Follow the wood ceilings and floors into the bathroom, which had an almost “living room” feel to it. The vanity looks more like a console table, while the sculptural soaker tub sit acts as a viewing area before the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass overlooking the outdoors.
Bates Masi Architects


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