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

Our photographer publishes a coloring book

‘Cool,’ whether or not it’s the oldest
Settled at 64 Union Street, the house was originally a “half house,” with two windows to the left of the front door. Durell Godfrey
Left, the French farm table is antique, as are the chairs under the dining room windows. Contemporary paintings by Judy Nathanson and Jeanne Dural in the living room contrast with the Ushak rug and original ceiling planks and beams.Durell Godfrey
The second-story bedroom was enlarged and the dormer added, but the original beams remain.Durell Godfrey

She lives and entertains in a shoe box
Sunsets and cloudscapes over Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay dominate the outdoor deck. Durell Godfrey
No curtains block the nighttime stars, though an outside awning can extend to give summer shade. Durell Godfrey
In the kitchen nothing intrudes on sightseeing when standing behind the counter. Durell Godfrey