Habitat

A contemporary North Haven house departs from the norms
A sculpture of horses by Robert L. Hooke, an artist who lives in Sag Harbor, welcomes visitors to Susan Goldstein’s North Haven house. Her daughter is a professional equestrian. Durell Godfrey
A dramatic dining table was fashioned from two ancient cherry trees that were ready to fall. A glass wall of water creates soothing sounds and divides the living room into two seating areas.
The fixtures in a bathroom and its counter reflect distinctive taste. Custom-fabricated corner windows provide dramatic views while helping lower the cost of heating and cooling.Durell Godfrey photos
Projecting balconies and strong horizontal volumes bring Frank Lloyd Wright to mind. A dramatic, three-story rotunda is the axis of the house; the balcony leads to the bedrooms.Durell Godfrey photos
A fieldstone wall and tables using wood from the property’s cherry trees bring rusticity into the living room. The stair treads were also fabricated from the trees.Durell Godfey Photos

Did Anne Boleyn take shelter under these beams?
A birdhouse marks the view of the Tiedemanns’ house from the south.
Left, the “bones” of a 500-year-old barn come from the Boleyn family’s Hever Castle in England. Right, Georgica Pond in East Hampton can be seen from more than one side of the great room. Durell Godfrey Photos
The family enjoys the tranquil waters of Georgica Pond from one side of the house.
Dining in the sunroom, with its sweeping views of moors, Georgica Pond, and Georgica Beach, contrasts with meals at the formal dining room table, below left, which seems to await a feast for royalty.
Right: Books and a quirky folk art bicycle rider fill the center of the great room.
At left: Carl Tiedemann collected tools to make full use of the space between the beams. Right: A whimsical ladder is by the artist and studio furniture maker Tommy Simpson.
Tudor-style paneling geometrically complements a mantelpiece and its eclectic assortment.

Mixing space, geometry, and light
The dining and living rooms, on the split-level first floor, are separated by panes of glass. The walls and floors are pickled white oak.
Nick Martin is seen in the latest addition to the house, a minimalist crystalline glass box with a breakfast table, 1950s chandelier, and unobstructed views of Three Mile Harbor.
The staircase, made of pickled white oak and glass, reflects light and draws the eye upward.
The cubic-shaped house reflects each season’s shifting light. Connor Harrigan
Cody, a 90-pound Labradoodle, enjoys being inside as well as out.
A pinwheel mirror reflects objects in the living room as well as trees and light.
The kitchen now has white oak cabinets, concrete countertops, handmade tiles, and a six-burner Viking stove.
A wooden Buddha sits on a lacquered cabinet near the front entrance.
The master bedroom and spacious bathroom allow for previously unseen harbor views.

Not everyone has a pizza oven in their kitchen
Nancy Hollister and her husband, Owen Jander, who put an addition onto their small Springs house to accommodate the oven, pose as guests arrive for a bimonthly pizza party. Laura Donnelly Photos
Owen takes charge of what goes in and out.
Nancy was the only person petite enough to get inside the oven when adjustments were needed during construction.

Melanie Roy designed this room full of midcentury influences for this year's showhouse. Durell Godfrey photos
The master bath by Baltimore Design Group included luxurious and irreverent touches.
Black & Poole's irreverent game room
The black-and-white tonal library of Robert Brown
East Hampton's Patricia Fisher in her great room
The covered terrace by Madcap Cottage with the pool and pool house in the background

Our photographer publishes a coloring book

‘Cool,’ whether or not it’s the oldest
Settled at 64 Union Street, the house was originally a “half house,” with two windows to the left of the front door. Durell Godfrey
Left, the French farm table is antique, as are the chairs under the dining room windows. Contemporary paintings by Judy Nathanson and Jeanne Dural in the living room contrast with the Ushak rug and original ceiling planks and beams.Durell Godfrey
The second-story bedroom was enlarged and the dormer added, but the original beams remain.Durell Godfrey

She lives and entertains in a shoe box
Sunsets and cloudscapes over Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay dominate the outdoor deck. Durell Godfrey
No curtains block the nighttime stars, though an outside awning can extend to give summer shade. Durell Godfrey
In the kitchen nothing intrudes on sightseeing when standing behind the counter. Durell Godfrey

A shingled guest cottage on Drew Lane looks rather average from the street but offers many surprises from its two story rounded veranda, above, on the rear of the house and its sunny living room, below..