“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

The newest house on the block is the oldest there
A Dominy-type candle stand, circa 1800, is among the furniture in the living room,above, as is a Victorian caned rocker, circa 1850-75. A pine peel for the beehive oven, circa 1800, is next to the fireplace. Below, a flax wheel from New England, circa 1750, occupies a landing with stoneware jugs, circa 1830.
The Ireland house, the oldest on the lane, has pride of place.
A portrait attributed to Orlando Hand Bears (1811-1851) of Sag Harbor hangs in the living room above a Queen Anne tiger maple desk, circa 1750. At right, wide horizontal and vertical siding and the deep treads of the stairs testify to the house’s age.
A tribal Kazak-type scatter rug from Turkestan, circa 1800, is in the living room.
The 13 original house lots are shown on this 1983 map drawn by Hamilton Darby, an architect from Bridgehampton.
A turtleback Sheraton fancy chair, circa 1825, left, and an English Windsor arm chair of yew wood, circa 1840, have been in the house since the 19th century. Durell Godfrey Photos

A beach house inspired by breaking waves
Breaking waves, not falling water, inspired this 1986 beach house.
The original owners asked for a breezeway from the front of the house to the beach.
The master bathtub nestles in one of the bays.
The living room and deck command a 180-degree vista.
A hanging beam contains the kitchen lights and echoes the curve of the counter.
The Gavalases revel in the white decor, which reminds them of Greece.
Towels hang on the wall of an outdoor shower tucked into the breezeway.
Even the kitchen work areas are black and white.
The round glass table, with a tree-trunk base, matches the huge kitchen porthole.

Robert A.M. Stern finds Bonac to his liking
The architect is seen on the stadium steps at the back of the house, which looks out on the garden.
Wavy shingles around the oculus on the gable, at right, are a Stern trademark, as is the tower.

From the top of a ridge to the wide Atlantic
The frame has an almost imperceptible glass railing. Paul Domzal
The entrance is up a flight of steps and through a nearly invisible glass box. The limestone wall conceals the bedroom wing.Paul Domzal
Paul Domzal
The living room brings cedar and limestone indoors.Paul Domzal
The master suite is behind the balcony, which curves over the dining area, and then heads outside for dining al fresco.Paul Domzal
The open skylight is reflected in the omnipresent glass.Paul Domzal

Evocations of Other Cultures
Through a gate from an old Chinese castle on a 20-acre wooded property in East Hampton, a marsh boat can be seen on the shore of a koi pond. The homeowner likes to let structures age and develop a patina.
A metal sculpture by Leon Allemon can be seen through the trees.
Mountain laurel squiggles up through some of the five acres of moss.
A suspended fish drum from southern China can boom loud enough when struck to bring a neighbor’s complaint.
A stone temple lantern from Japan became the centerpiece of one of the 31 gardens. And a Wollemi pine is a species dating back to the dinosaurs.
A foundation stone from a Connecticut barn rises like an obelisk.
A Japanese bamboo gate separates the inner and outer gardens.
Ancient columns from Carthage (what is now Tunisia) decorate a lawn near the main house, which is seen framed by trees. Steps from the house, a secret garden features an antique Italian statue.
Sun splashes a log bench in another garden.
A Japanese urn pitted with age collects water on top of smooth river stones. A mushroom is one of 80 different types throughout the grounds. A wheelbarrow and water wheel powering a small gristmill are in a garden with a farmhouse a la Provence.