Sag Harbor House in the Woods
Set on an area called “Mount Misery” this house is now setting the wave of renovations imitating it, as lawmakers try 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. Much of the interest effort was put in the detail of the woodwork. Given that the architect had a very low budget to work with, without adding cost or amount of materials, he used opportunities such as railings, steps, benches, pergolas, siding, and joints to produce a more delicate and exquisite environment Although not LEED certified, the house renovation was conceived with green systems in mind such as solar paneling on the roofs, rain water collection for grey waters, environmentally sound materials such as cork and recycled wood and acrylic composites, energy efficient appliances, and HVAC systems, and cross ventilation. All exterior wood work such as decks, pergolas and stairs was fabricated with recycled cedar. Interiors are a designed to provide a calm, peaceful, and natural environment.