Modernist Barn in Sag Harbor


CALL IT MODERN. CALL IT RUSTIC. This newly remodeled property, on a third of an acre in a quiet Sag Harbor backstreet, is a hybrid of styles. It’s reminiscent of a French farmhouse, with a barn-like character in its soaring main space. But when she bought it as a development project in 2005, says architect Jifat Windmiller, it was just plain ugly. “People thought it was a motel.”

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This post is a departure for me, as this is neither an old house (it was built in 1980), nor is it inexpensive (I generally try to feature houses under $500K, which is kind of a challenge in the Hamptons). But I’m blogging about it because Jifat, a highly talented architect, is one of my dearest friends, and I’m very impressed with what she’s created.


She was drawn to the property initially by the one-of-a-kind post-and-beam structure in the double-height living room. “That is why I bought it,” she says.


Aside from that dominant, uniquely sculptural feature and three massive fireplaces, “every wall, window, and door is completely new, and in a new place.”


Divided-light windows and French doors flood the rooms with light. The front porch is on ground level, like a modernist arcade, with classic barn doors that slide on tracks.

Jifat completely remodeled the kitchen and baths, and built additions for a dining room and master suite with a roof deck overlooking the pool. The house now measures 2,750 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths.


She also designed and built a totally charming pool/guest house with wonderful medieval-style windows that I could be quite happy living in, if zoning laws allowed.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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6 Responses to Modernist Barn in Sag Harbor

  1. Love it and I love the Hamptons! However, how would you go about dusting the rafters???

  2. Maya says:

    Love the exposed beams.., funny how I don’t think about dust. But it’s a good question. And I love all the gorgeous towns out in the Hamptons!

  3. margauxhf says:

    Swiffer? I feel like they are the solution to most dusting problems. I live in a timber frame home and have never had an issue. This home is gorgeous, the wood is especially beautiful.

  4. Why is she selling?

  5. cara says:

    It was a development project from the get-go, Melissa. As to the dusting question, maybe not bother!?

  6. OK.

    I wouldn’t bother with getting up there to dust, unless it started to come down…

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