as the sun goes down, the building and pool appear as the
picture of tranquillity. The exercise room was designed with a
closet and full bath so it could be converted to a bedroom suite
in the future. For now, the Lambroza-Burke family find the house
to be perfect just the way it is.
bluestone decking continues into the indoor living area.
Landscape architect Kris Horiuchi of Horiuchi Solien
Landscape Architects in Falmouth, Massachusetts, was
instrumental in planning the outdoor space, selecting the
bluestone and Ipe for the decking around the saltwater
pool and siting the tennis court. “Having your own tennis court is an amazing thing,” says Lambroza, an enthusiastic player and one-time high-school tennis coach. He
built the full-size court as a replica, including color and
material, of the one used for the U.S. Open in New York.
It took some engineering to build an almost all-glass
house, says Moskow. Thus, he and Linn designed it with
a steel frame.
The first floor consists of a living area, kitchen, full
bath, and exercise room. Upstairs, there is a mini kitchen
and powder room that service the roof deck. There is also
a guest suite that can be closed off with a sliding barn-style door, so guests need not be disturbed when the roof
is in use, which it often is for sunset cocktails or dinner
under the stars.
“It really feels like a retreat,” says Burke. “You don’t
see any houses from the peaceful quiet living room. And
there is no television in the house.” Which doesn’t mean
this is a low-tech operation. There is smart-
house automation that allows the owners
to control the heat, the shades on the glass
doors, and the audio and security systems
from their phones. The house also has a
high-efficiency boiler and is superinsulated. “That is
where to put your money,” says Moskow. “If you make a
tight envelope with air exchangers, a fancy heat system is
“This turned out much better than we envisioned,”
says Lambroza. Burke agrees, adding, “The pool, hot tub,
and roof deck have become the cultural and social center
for our family.” In fact, says Lambroza, “No one wants to
go to the beach anymore.”