Developed by architect Peter Block in collaboration with designer James Michael Howard, the Water Mill South Estate discovered on Brown Harris Stevens is a sumptuous residence featuring 12,000 sqf living space. The construction boasts a shingle-style exterior, elegant proportions and manicured gardens that ornament a three-acre parcel. The grand foyer has inlaid stone patterned floors which lead into the Stair Hall. This features a custom staircase in a two-story space with a Soanian vaulted ceiling and remarkable skylight. Past the Stair Hall, in the center of the home, is the two-story Long Room with a custom designed limestone fireplace.
The west side of the first floor is comprised of an elegant junior suite with sitting room, a library with a stone fireplace, and two spacious en suite guest rooms. The state of the art kitchen with a southward facing breakfast room, an adjacent keeping room, sun filled formal dining room, and a media room containing a professional home theatre system with surround sound can all be found on the eastern part of the first floor. The second story has a whole wing dedicated to the extravagant master suite. The opposite wing of the second story has three more en suite bedrooms and a recreation room. To finish off the main structure, there is a third floor deck that opens to an outdoor roof terrace overlooking Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
From the enormous Paolo Buffa walnut cabinet in the foyer to the rugs handmade in Nepal, from the sculptural David Weeks light fixture in the living room to the Baudelaire toiletries in the bathrooms, from the custom-made sofas and chairs to the Frette linens and towels, every single element seems chosen to impress. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Brown Harris Stevens]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light