Harbor Hideaway by The Up Studio

As New York saw a major shift towards remote work, previously seasonal neighborhoods saw an increase in demand from full-time residents seeking relief from congested city life. Young people are moving out of cities and seeking simplified homes in more tranquil areas to feel connected to nature. Architecture, Interior and Brand Design firm, The Up Studio, recently designed a home in the small town of Sag Harbor, NY, that connects its residents to the natural landscape and harbors with a site-specific concept. Photography by Alan Tansey.


Located in the centuries-old whaling village of Sag Harbor, NY, the 2,630 square-foot Harbor Hideaway project is an award-winning single-family residence. The property is situated in the center of a small peninsula and is one of the only lots in the neighborhood without direct water views. Although the instinct would be to design a new house to face the street, The Up Studio flipped the traditional orientation of the home to face the rear corner of the yard.
The first floor facade was designed to act as a subtle privacy screen from the street, while the rear of the home is fully glazed on both levels with custom Marvin Modern windows to create a strong connection between the home’s interiors, the property’s natural landscape, and the spectacular views of the nearby harbors. The second floor, facing the street, is fully glazed with custom Marvin Modern windows to allow for the morning sun to come into the bedrooms.
The entire home utilizes a simple material palette of blackened steel, light hardwood, and neutral colors. These material and furnishing selections provide a subtle sophistication and allow the property’s surrounding natural elements to organically provide a pop of color. At entry, the custom wood stair design connects the three interior levels of the home with a single gesture and provides a sense of openness that makes the home’s modest footprint feel much larger.
The home’s rhythmic, black cedar facade wraps the entire home to naturally shade the south-facing bedrooms from the high summer sun and becomes a visual connection between the home and the carport, creating a covered entry in its path.

Design Team:
Architecture & Interiors – The Up Studio // @theupstudio
General Contractor – Private
Landscape Architect – Bayview Landscape Architecture
Photography – Alan Tansey // @atanz
Videography – Anthony Pasini
Presentations – Design Process

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