A couple’s adventuresome spirit propelled the first conversion here
Additions to the original barn over the years include bedrooms, a master bathroom, a kitchen, and an office. At top: Original beams are a striking reminder that this Sagaponack house began life as a barn. A tall window took the place of the barn doors.
A brick fireplace warms the eat-in kitchen, one of the 1963 additions to the original barn. The table, made by a neighbor, seats 10 comfortably.
A greenhouse office off the kitchen was added in the late 1970s.
Above, a large south-facing window bathes the master bedroom in light. Below, the master bath is the sort of place where one could while away the hours.
Work by well-known artist friends shares wall space with family photos and grandchildren’s art.
Wooden pegs hold together the posts and beams, which bear adze marks made by sawyers 200 years ago.
Steep stairs lead to a bedroom in a converted hayloft.Durell Godfrey Photos
A snapshot of the barn as it was being moved in April of 1963 Topping Family

They don’t make beach houses like this any more
The living room of a model house at Montauk Highway and Gardiner Drive shows the cathedral ceiling, open beams, and built-in bookcases common in these houses. Jeff Heatley
Alfred A. Scheffer is seen coming out of the house on Hampton Lane he designed for Ella Barbour in 1941. He treated the Cape Cod form with a “modern aesthetic and informality.”

Transformation Informed by a Minimalist Sensibility
The house was extended to the rear, and the attic was removed to allow the second-floor master bedroom to soar behind double-height windows. Durell Godfrey
Views of Congress Hall from Main Street before and after reconstruction give no indication of the scope of the changes.Don Ashby and Durell Godfrey Photos
A sleek kitchen with a glass island replaced a narrow, old-fashioned one, which had been added to the original house.Durell Godfrey
The L-shaped pool has a “beach entry,” a stone patio that slopes gradually into the water. Durell Godfrey
The master bedroom reflects the Ashbys’ modernist sensibility.Durell Godfrey
Original posts and beams are revealed in a series of cutouts in a walDurell Godfrey
The black ceiling of the sitting room reflects the floor-to-ceiling windows, making the interior seem twice as tall. Durell Godfrey
An original post and beam bisect an otherwise updated living room. The original fireplace was retained. Durell Godfrey
The house was lifted to allow an 11-foot-deep foundation and living space in a new lower level.Don Ashby
The old staircase and the back of the original brick fireplace were retained in an otherwise renovated center hallway. At right: A photograph taken during the reconstruction dramatizes the conjunction of old and new framing. Don Ashby

The mosaics on the exterior and interior of the pool house at the J.P. Kazickas house on Egypt Lane depict scenes from the myth of Jurate and Kastytis. Durell Godfrey, photos
A detail of the Kazickas house exterior
The Kazickas living room
The Daniel S. Dokos and Brian Graybill house on Hither Lane had its pool open still, even as snow fell in Connecticut.
Mr. Dokos plays the piano in this room after dinner parties.
This room demonstrates the mix of mid-century and traditional in their classic summer colony cottage.
The Sheehan House on Egypt Lane was indicative of a more traditional design aesthetic.
A game room and gym were some of the appealing features of the DeFlorio house and guest cottage on Buell Lane
The DeFlorio gym
An Yves Klein table was a prominent feature of the living room.

An Alfred Scheffer Landmark Given New Life
A second story was added and the original chimney extended, top, but the renovated section retains the original vocabulary. Durell Godfrey
Doc Whitmore, founder of the C. Whitmore Garden Center in Amagansett, planted this European copper beech in the 1950s.
The dining room has original wide-plank white oak flooring.
The Calcutta Gold marble countertop is great for rolling out dough.
A wooden door with a leaded, blown-glass window, at left, is original. The brick floor of the breakfast room is original, although the ceiling was raised and an outdoor patio added.
A half-inch thick, floor-to-ceiling curved glass window has survived intact for 60 years.

“People love the finished work, but they also love the story that came along with it,”
Jason Biondo, left, and Donnie Disbrow crafted this massive live-edge table in a Montauk client’s house from an old-growth eastern white pine using a technique called bookmatching, in which a thick slab is cut down the middle and fitted together so that both sides of the piece are almost mirror images of each other. They built a kitchen island in the house from the same tree. Carissa Katz
A floor made from salvaged oak at a house on Montauk’s East Lake Drive
A live-edge cherry slab in a Montauk powder room in Culloden Shores.
An accent wall from antique hemlock milled to different lengths and thicknesses in Mr. Biondo’s own houseJason Biondo
Hand-hewn oak beams salvaged from a barn in a Ditch Plain renovation.

In 1790 Sag Harbor was a bustling port and an important New York, well, almost-city
Carl Hribar has worked on this whale topiary in front of his Sag Harbor house for 20 years. “It’s a whaling village,” he deadpanned.
There once was a wall separating the kitchen from the sitting room, but the space has been opened. Note the late-18th-century beams.
Carl Hribar’s wife, Ki Hackney, is a fan of window seats as seen in the living room.
The dining room was added in 1910, just one of many changes in the long life of the Hampton Street house.

One of the old summer colony’s few remaining relatively untouched estates
Don’t mistake the floribunda hydrangea, above, for the common “grandiflora” variety, which has much bigger flowers and fewer of them, although both kinds grow well by the sea.
Tulip trees, like the one at left on Ocean Avenue, are not often planted today, because they need so much room to develop.The Hinoki cypress’s root structure, right, resembles an elephant’s foot and is almost certainly a graft.
The hardness of the blue Spanish fir needles discourage deer.
An ancient yew

A peripatetic couple at home in Sag Harbor
Every room in the 1,250-square-foot house David Berridge designed for his family on the coast of New Zealand has an ocean view. Patrick Reynolds
David Berridge and Cathleen McGuigan relaxed in their backyard in Sag Harbor in July.Carissa Katz
Mr. Berridge helped the artist Jennifer Bartlett turn a former warehouse and union hall in Brooklyn, above and below, into her home and studio. Adam Friedberg Photos
Left, the New Zealand house is nestled in a striking New Zealand landscape. Right, the lower level of the house, Ms. McGuigan said, “completely opens in the front and back,” and has “everything you need and not one thing more.”Patrick Reynolds Photos