Decatur Island Retreat
Located on a steep site, on a remote island with no services or ferry access, this project required the barging of all materials, as well as the daily boating of all crew to the island.
We were tasked by the client to provide extremely low-maintenance homes, the two houses are clad with over 200 tons of rugged whistler basalt stone at exterior walls, and Pennsylvania bluestone at patios. The fir windows and doors (produced by Windowcraft and Northstar Woodworks, respectively) are all framed within the stone exterior with heavy ½” blackened steel plate, which was blackened and installed prior to the start of any masonry.
White oak floors and cabinetry provide a comfortable yet rustic interior from which to enjoy the expansive views of Brigantine Bay and Center Island to the south. In a location where frequent power outages can occur, thoughtfully placed solar panels produce enough electricity in the summer to offset the electrical use throughout the rest of the year. The result is a rugged and fitting pair of homes with all the modern amenities.