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Finding collectibles was fun and serious at the same time
Bonnie Maslin, a clinical psychologist, relies on her sense of humor when she decides what to buy at yard sales and when she calls the collection the Museum of Low Taste.
The view of Gardiner’s Bay from Bonnie Maslin’s house in Springs, seen from the bathroom, offers respite from the intensity required to take in the countless ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and collectibles at the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT. Even the bathroom is part of the museum.
The Museum of Low Taste contains commemorative ceramics, including some depicting President Kennedy and his family and Elvis Presley on a plate from an inn in Jerusalem.
Ceramic figurines and lazy susans are complemented by what Bonnie Maslin, the curator and tour guide, calls “church-lady handbags,” below.

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.

Jason Biondo opened Hammerhead Construction in 2007
Jason Biondo’s largest project to date, this 1990s house near Ditch Plain, had dramatic angles, which the builder and architect decided to showcase. The enormous deck is secured by piers and footings, sturdy enough to support a small bridge.
An original beach cottage on Old Montauk Highway that Mr. Biondo renovated now has a wraparound porch with a 180-degree view of the ocean.
Untouched since it was built in 1963, a Leisurama house, in a development of affordable beach houses sold by Macy’s, underwent interior renovation for a young family from Brooklyn.
A side view of the house at top shows standing seam and corrugated aluminum against black window frames.
Jason Biondo, of Montauk’s Hammerhead Construction, has salvaged wood from dairy farms in Pennsylvania.
With not a lot of wiggle room in the tiny ranch, Jason Biondo used reclaimed wood sliding doors, at right, to separate the living room from a play space for the family’s young children. Originally, the den came fitted with a Murphy bed.
Exterior siding from the original house was repurposed throughout to add texture and save money.
A 2,000-pound quartzite kitchen island was hauled in by crane through the double doors on the deck.
Clean lines, interesting angles, and a large outdoor shower are at the back of the house.
Old barn boards from Pennsylvania form the perfect backdrop for a bed in a recently renovated Montauk cottage.

From historic mess to future showplace
Unmitigated decay claimed the front porch, above, and all its columns had to be constructed from scratch, as did the many corbels, like the one below.
Max Breskin, left, and Rob Walford were pleased to be able to save the heavy oak beams in the second-floor bedrooms.
Carpenters are at work in the great room at the back of the house.
A workman contemplated the challenges as the project began, while even after massive effort the house, below, remains a work in progress.

They even named their cats for fish: Marlin and Minnow.
James Grashow describes his sculpture as a cross between a garden and an aquarium.
Joe Gurrera, seen with his cat Minnow, has been selling fish and gourmet goodies since he bought Mahattan’s Citarella in 1983.

“It needed to be saved,”
The original wood, as seen below, had rotted after its paint was power-washed, so the owners installed new white clapboard. Above: The house abuts shops on Newtown Lane.
The living room leads into the sun room in the new addition.
Jennifer and Rip Georges enjoy the luxury of a big tub in their one-bedroom, one-bath house.
Their bedroom is tucked in the peak of the house and an antique andiron serves as design inspiration. “You can make something really special in a smaller home,” Jennifer Georges said.

Each year’s tour offers a sampling of summer colony styles
Linden, an 18,000-square-foot residence on 10 acres, was designed by the architect of the old Parrish Art Museum on Job’s Lane. Tom Edmonds