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

His spiral staircase is a work of art
From left: The newel post at the second floor landing shows Hans Hokanson’s chiseling and carving skill. The whole staircase can be seen in the round now that a wall between the living room and kitchen was removed.
Mortise and tenon joints rather than nails or screws guarantee a long life.

John Hall Wheelock sold his house to would-be owners who promised to keep it intact
The four-bedroom shingled house overlooks lush gardens in the center of East Hampton Village.
Jane Maynard looks down from the second-floor balcony, part of an addition designed by Robert A.M. Stern. She found the chandelier, made of antlers, at a Water Mill antiques store.
In the family room, a tapestry purchased at an antiques show at the Mulford Farm hangs above a leather Chesterfield-style sofa.
Cozy sitting rooms and working fireplaces abound upstairs.
Cast-iron beds with brass accents are just right in a guest bedroom.
Part of the second floor balcony and an intricate wooden door evoke earlier times.
The expansive kitchen was a busy place during a recent family reunion.
The old well on the front lawn no longer works.
A stark sculpture by Edwina Sandys guards the swimming pool.

Formal lines and balanced symmetry in a three-acre compound
Symmetry is a guiding principle in this French-style garden, with an obelisk and precisely manicured hedges and shrubs. Below, Craig Socia left the magazine world 24 years ago and never looked back.
The chair is a fine example of the designer’s signature twig constructions.
Serpentine paths wind through the grounds from this sculpture in one of the gardens; the tower is part of the house in which the designer lives.
The architecture of the main house is French Norman, and the garden’s symmetry is evident even in the bottleneck palms near the pool.
Left, adults would call this cedar limb playhouse a folly. Kids call it fun. Right, foliage and flowers in complementary shades mark a perimeter hedgerow.