Back in the 1970’s, kit houses were all the rage. Since then, architecture styles changed enough to allow modern interpretations to offer a trip down memory lane. This is the case of the Far Pond Residence by Bates Masi Architects – a 1970s kit house in Southampton, New York, revived with a contemporary appeal. The existing glulam post and beam construction connected with steel plates was extended with the help of an additional volume.

The design of the existing house was enhanced by building a modern interpretation of that theme, one that focuses on clearly expressing the structural system. Prefabricated elements were used to resolve space problems and keep the old and new parts related: “Examining the strategy of a kit of parts, current material fabrication technologies are utilized to expand on this idea. A different approach to sustainability is explored, minimizing waste by simplifying to the essential components in order to resolve multiple problems, thus eliminating typical construction waste.

A modified version of prefabricated shear wall panels like the ones used in areas prone to hurricanes were mounted on site to keep a secure structure: “The new structural panels multitask throughout the addition. The solid steel transitions to a perforated panel that baffles the sunlight over windows and doors. The light quality varies throughout the day as light levels transition through the overlapped perforations. Fins that protrude from the wall panels are laser cut to accept shelving, seating and countertops. The same perforated steel becomes the dining room chandelier, and the platform for the stair and desk. ” Overlooking surrounding wetlands down to an estuary and an ocean bay, the fascinating kit house turned modern home exudes a casual vibe and an inviting warmth. Maybe this horse ranch turned into a stunningly elegant modern home will further convince you of the architect’s creativity, attention to details and hard work.

Do you live in a new house or was it transformed from an existing structure into what it is today?