Modern Perfection

Marcus Gleysteen Architects
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Trent Bell

Principal Architect

Marcus Gleysteen


Maggie Baratz

General Contractor

Bowley Builders

Landscape Architect

Emma Kelly Landscape

Structural Engineer

Reg Roome



Thoroughly modern, this barrier island home draws its material inspiration from the harborside shacks and warehouses that “exhibit a kind of East Coast industrial practicality,” says architect Marcus Gleysteen. Inside, just off the entryway, a small steel stringer supports a floating staircase. “We kept the stair minimal and focused on how the materials could come together,” says Marcus. “The result feels light but also secure.” It’s a sensation that echoes through the home. A living room with near-20-foot ceilings was walled with window panels for a view not only of the rocky shore but also of a sheltered garden. “We have found that many waterfront homes are one sided,” says Marcus, “with every focal point leading to one view. Our goal was balance.” 

Natural light and vitrine-like fenestration fuse the living space with its site between rocky shoreline and garden views. The 19-foot peaked wooden ceiling gives it the quiet air of a sanctuary.

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