Residential Design

VOL.6 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Hither Hills House MONTAUK, N.Y. BATES MASI + ARCHITECTS Hither Hills in the Hamptons is known for its small, half-acre lots and hilly landscape of Russian olive, oak, shad- bush, and pine trees. Once a getaway destination for middle-class families, the area's modestly built cottages often responded to the views and gullies in offbeat ways. "It's my favorite area in the Hamptons; growing up I spent a lot of time there," says Paul Masi, AIA. "There are a lot of kit houses. My parents built one in the 1960s, and it's still there." This house's owners, Manhattanites, also felt the pull of the Zen-like land- scape and asked Bates Masi + Architects to design a house on a steep lot they had found with views of the ocean. The bud- get was relatively small, as was the wish list, which included a pool and a desire to be outdoors as much as possible. But with a grade rise of 20 feet from the road to the back of the lot, it lacked a level ground plane on which to build an easy indoor-outdoor relationship. "For us, the real challenge was navigat- ing this piece of property," Paul says. "It's a pretty steep hill, and how do you spend time outside when you're 10 feet in the air as soon as you open the door?" Paul's solution was to artfully insert five concrete retaining walls that step down the hill, organizing the views and 60 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 DESIGN LAB ARCHITECTURAL PROMENADES

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