Hamptons Architect Nick Martin Designs Stunning Northwest Harbor Residence with Zero Carbon Footprint
KDHamptons loves checking in with one of the Hamptons most sought after architects and builders, Nick Martin, to see inspiring new projects he is working on for his company, Martin Architects PC and 4MA Building LLC. Compared to some of the cookie-cutter shingled homes, Nick brings a fresh approach to his designs. Drawing from his experience of living internationally and with interests as an artist, musician and craftsman, Martin sees every project as a unique opportunity to be inspired by nature, art and technology. Here, he shares his recently completed new Northwest Harbor residence, located on a three-acre water front peninsula in the Northwest Woods of East Hampton. Using green technology, a saltwater pool, passive and active solar design, and geothermal heating and cooling system this extensive renovation and addition is being submitted as a LEED Silver candidate.
Nick shares, “At the time of its original construction, the roof and wall trombe system was meant to control passive heat gain and loss. We faced the design problem of replacing the non-working trombe wall system while keeping much of the original non-conforming 5,000 square foot structure and adding a 7,500 square foot addition, all within a zero carbon footprint. Environmentally sustainable design practices, building methods and material selection are integral to every aspect of the project including the re-vegetation of indigenous plantings.”
“We receive a wide range of requests from historic to cutting edge modern. We see a trend heading toward a more unique and personal style, warm and fresh. Modern roots, human scale. Clean! Our focus through references and education is to create the best a house can be, offering the absolute best position within its site and sun angle, style and breath,” says Martin.