Habitat

This past winter appears to have been more difficult for hydrangeas than the winter of 2014
Those who expect a lot of blooms from their hydrangeas will likely be disappointed. Jennifer Landes
Abby Jane Brody

The original house has been a residence for 336 years
Cherished in a recent renovation, adze-hewn ceiling timbers in the living room reveal the house’s pre-Revolutionary origins. The painting is by Hilary Holmes.
The original saltbox, festooned in ivy (insert), remains visible despite additions, to the left, of an upstairs bedroom and a vaguely Victorian sunporch.
Uncurtained panes and a bay window added by an earlier owner lighten the living room — and one of the house’s wooden Stave jigsaw puzzles, in foreground at left and below.
Large and small saltboxes were added.
The master bedroom is kept tidy for guests’ tours. Below, a gargoyle among many in the yard and one of many joints.
A copper-topped counter connects the kitchen and breakfast room.
Windsor chairs and a Bernard Buffet painting grace the dining room.

The designers are all animal lovers who donated their time and expertise for the sixth annual showhouse event
John Stedila, above, and Tim Button teamed up to design a room. Durell Godfrey

A below-ground “ruin” is surrounded by a new meadow leading to three roundels.
The roundel: A tranquil respite after a sunny meadow. Erika Shank
Notice the ruin at the right in the photo above.
In the meadow Salvia Oxford Blue, in foreground, provides a painterly effect.
Aralia cordata Sun King and Lavender Phenomenal in Ruin Garden. Abby Jane Brody Photos  

A seven-foot-high, two-foot-thick wall built by hand
“If I ever sell this place, I’m going to advertise an outdoor shower,” Craig Bernhardt said of his property in Northwest, East Hampton. Durell Godfrey Photos
A medieval fortification? No. A carving marks the midpoint of the wall’s construction. A hidden showerhead is just around the bend. Durell Godfrey Photos
The teak table on the patio awaits the season’s first dinner party.
Creeping foliage adds a sense of mystery as one approaches the wall.
The shower water arrives in hidden pipes.
The kitchen’s got its own rock wall.
Craig Bernhardt provided a photo of his labor of love nearing completion.

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