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.

"An open plan with a specific order,”
Spacious enough for four workstations, the living room nevertheless is cozy, with comfortable places to read. The painting by Edie Vonnegut slides along on tracks at the front of the long bookcase.
A signature of Louis Mackall’s architecture is the curved beam over the entry.
Seen in her large kitchen, Ms. Wood likes to tell visitors about her British Aga stove. Mr. Mackall designed the cottage-style center table.
A view of the living room is highlighted by a vintage Chinese armoire and a stuffed husky on a large chaise.
Ms. Wood collects hats as well as fine furniture.
Susan Wood’s photographs are archived by name and style.

“I told my friend I was looking to buy a house in the Hamptons for $200,000.” Forget it, was the answer.
Nick Cohen transformed a tiny, dilapidated Springs house into a happy, hand-built home.
Shelves, cabinets, and some furniture were handmade. The 1970s-style rug was reclaimed from a hotel on Napeague.
Reclaimed wood, zinc countertops, a Viking stove, and a spiral staircase transformed the formerly rundown space.
The couple rescued a curved, sun room window that had been discarded during a renovation.
A 1952 Civil Defense vehicle is an amusing possession.
An en-suite bathtub in the bedroom is quite literally just that.
Max Bonbrest and Nick Cohen enjoy their back garden, as does Gus, the family dog.

"I wanted to create as many private spaces in this apartment as I could."
Barbara Toll has two gardens, a large one, between two sides of the Watchcase factory, and a smaller one on the opposite side of her apartment.
Left, An Arlene Shechet ceramic sculpture sits against a curved wall in the living room, where a ceiling beam has been illuminated. Right, “It’s a very adaptable space. I don’t like the feeling of an apartment building so much,” Ms. Toll said. “This feels like a house.”
The dining table is a Charlotte Perriand reproduction. “It’s paired with the cheapest thing here, which is a plastic lamp,” Ms. Toll said.

"Everyone is living longer," so say hello to Universal Design.
This model bathroom for aging-in-place has grab bars and an open, curbless shower with a sturdy seat and a hand-held shower head. (The plant stand was put in place by the unknown photographer.)

“It’s important to note they’re not just any cigars."
Cigars, whether inexpensive or high end, are stored in a climate-controlled room.
Ed Dressler, the general manager, says the cigars at London Jewelers are a Who’s Who.

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.