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.

By Erica Broberg Smith
Deborah Berke Winnie Au
The ocean is a presence at the Dune Road House. Chris Cooper
An old house with resurgent life and family treasures
The photographs on the wall above are of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, with whom Peter Matthiessen and colleagues spent six months.
Alex Matthiessen, above, is seated on a settee in the sitting room. Below, the fireplace in the original kitchen was one of the reasons he bought the house. It now heats the combined sitting room, dining room, and kitchen.
Above, the folding doors on a corner cupboard in the kitchen were designed for access to a huge single shelf. Below, two rooms were combined to create an ample master bedroom.
A close-up of the Papua New Guinea photos that hung in Peter Matthiessen’s Sagaponack house.
A right whale skull has been moved from the Saga­ponack house to Sag Harbor.
The patio, surrounded by plantings rather than a lawn, features an Indonesian teak daybed.

By Justin Spring
A renovation that reflects its occupants’ passions
Julie Small-Gamby stands at the entrance to the addition, which enlarged the house and dramatically changed the interior. Durell Godfrey
The new staircase makes art the focus.Matthew Carbone
Peter Gamby rakes his Japanese garden after every rainstorm. Durell Godfrey
At top, Julie Small-Gamby’s artwork frames the view of Hog Creek from the dining room. Below, a tall Zen archery bow stands to the right of the windows in the meditation room.
Above, first-floor spaces were redesign­ed to serve as an art gallery. Below, the first-floor hallway was widened to create a visual flow from front to back.
Glass doors in a bedroom provide views of the meditation room and the outdoors.
Peter Gamby moved a moss-encrusted boulder from the woods to the garden.Durell Godfrey Photos

Native trees and plants, natural grasses and stones, organic, low-maintenance meadows, and water, water, everywhere, without any nitrates or other chemicals to poison it
Water — keeping it clean, not green — is the theme of Saturday’s Guild Hall garden tour. Above, on Burnett’s Creek on Water Mill, the Rosenberg garden features an ever-blooming mix of salt-air-loving plants. Looking back up from a ginormously glamorous pool complex complete with Italianate fountains, below, clouds of pink, white, and blue frame the Lipschultz house in Sagaponack. Durell Godfrey Photos
In Bridgehampton, the Adamson garden descends in three levels to the waters of little-known Kellis Pond. The closer to the water, the shadier it gets and the more ferns grow.
On Mecox Bay in Water Mill, an ultra-modern house built out from an old one after Hurricane Sandy has a knockout view across the bay to Flying Point Beach.

Mile-a-minute is an annual vine native to Japan and China, Southeast Asia and India
Weed specialists hope that insects like the weevil, right, will keep the spread of “mile-a-minute vine,” in a close-up, left, with berries, in check. Abby Jane Brody and Andy Senesac Photos

The tension between change and tradition
At the Covello garden in Sag Harbor, transparency is played with by pruning trees and shrubs in a way that allows a glimpse of what lies beyond. Abby Jane Brody