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September 2009


FEATURES

Capturing the Light
By Annette M. Rose-Shapiro
Photographs by Keith Scott Morton

A BUILDER-COUPLE'S HOME ON WILSON POINT IS DESIGNED TO TAKE IN THE VIEWS AND BLEND IN WITH ITS ENVIRONS

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A NATURAL BEAUTY (click photo for larger view)

Builders Peter and Kristine Glazer's respect for the beauty of their home's landscape set the tone for every aspect of its construction and design. Wilson Point, a private community of 80 houses on the beach overlooking Wilson Cove and the Long Island Sound, offers spectacular views in every season. "We wanted the house to recede into the landscape," says Peter Glazer, "not compete with it or the other houses in the area."

When the Glazers acquired the property there was an already-existing pool, which calculated the axis line to the front door of the house and gave organization to the architecture. The garage, which houses a studio, was purposely built as a separate structure in order to keep the scale down, and also create a courtyard. The front configuration of the main house has minimal windows, is devoid of balconies or porches and is painted in muted tones. The a barn door entry is less conspicuous than a traditional doorway.

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The house is essentially one room deep, with unusually wide hallways that function not only as a thoroughfare, but also as galleries for paintings, sculptures and other interesting objects. Kristine Glazer's interior scheme tries not to compete with the beauty of the home's elegant natural surroundings. Her nautical theme has a Nantucket feel, with light wood tones reminiscent of driftwood, neutral furnishings, sea glass accents and paintings from the island itself. The poplar ceilings and antique oak floors lend a comfortable, lived-in aesthetic. The home's open design and lack of formal spaces give it the feel of a beach house, even though it's made for year-round living.

The back of the house has many windows, nooks and porches for taking in the views. The dining room table is situated in front a large expanse of windows running across the back of the house, overlooking the garden and the cove. A well-appointed kitchen, designed by Kristine with cabinetry from Christopher Peacock, boasts two large islands. An area functioning as the living room has comfortable couches and seating facing the fireplace as well as the windows. Two smaller, but immensely inviting, side rooms attract guests and family members alike, with heated floors, comfortable wicker chairs and fireplaces. Anywhere you go, there is the view.

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THE LIVIN' IS EASY (click photo for larger view)

One prominent feature of the house is the cupola, which is also on axis with the pool and the master bedroom suite. "The cupola was designed as a clerestory to let light into the master bedroom entrance," explains Peter. "The light is beautiful here in every season." Like the rest of the house, the master bedroom has light-colored walls and furnishings, as well as a rustic fireplace adorned with a parade of wood-carved plovers.

Well-placed windows in the master bath—which has two "his and hers" entrances—also flood the area with natural light. A large soaking tub in front of a huge expanse of glass takes in the harbor view. The shower—with glass doors on both sides, a window looking out over the harbor and yet another window looking out into the hallway—is also a major conduit for light.

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE (click photo for larger view)

The outdoor space is landscaped to incorporate seating on different levels. On the first level just outside the back doors, a large table accommodates outdoor dining. The area around the pool is planted with a colorful combination of hydrangeas, sea grasses, lavender and roses, with a smaller cutting garden on the lower level of the yard.

Inside and out, the Glazers have shown a deep respect for their waterfront environment—and neighboring homes—on Wilson Point, with a home that has water vistas from every room and décor that doesn't intrude on the light and or the landscape. "The brilliant sunsets, especially in winter, provides all the color we need," concludes Peter.

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