THE 2006 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
THE 2006 HC&G IDEA HOUSE BRINGS CONTEMPORARY FLAIR TO A CLASSIC HAMPTONS LOOK
With the building boom continuing apace on the East End, we thought it was time to explore a typical Hamptons residence with our 2006 Idea House. This year's project is part of Calf Creek Court, a four-house planned development that faces Mecox Bay in Water Mill. The house was built by Richard Gherardi of Sand Dollar Development Corporation and designed by architect Steven W. Semes. With our two previous Idea Houses, we were involved with the process from the ground up, but this year we opted to participate with a design/build developer who had his own plans. Our team focussed on the rooms and landscaping. Hamptons Cottages & Gardens asked a diverse team of talented designers to showcase their talents throughout the interior and exterior. Several generous sponsors participated by providing new quality products, which are seen in the house and in the following pages.
The community of homes on Calf Creek Court has been assembled in a style reminiscent of some of the more famous Hamptons streetscapes. Yes, there are some imposing privet hedges, but each house has only one discreet driveway entrance, set off by custom light posts. The master plan of the development calls for the "quiet" ends of successive houses (those with the master suites) to be grouped together on the property lines. The "noisy" areas, such as the garage, kitchen, family room and pool, are also adjacent to each other. And the agricultural reserve to the north protects the houses from the traffic on Mecox Road.
The houses on the tree-lined street have been designed to evoke the shingled summer colony houses of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The Idea House is a hybrid of shingle-style and British Arts & Crafts homes. It features a fireplace alcove in the living room, a double-height ceiling in the great room (also with a fireplace), private balconies facing the water off of the bedroom suites and a cabana adjacent to the pool.
The challenge to HC&G was to invest the interior and exteriors with all the modern touches one would expect (and maybe a few one wouldn't), but also to complement the traditional style of the architecture and the natural setting of the surrounding landscape. With an exquisitely constructed home, a team of two dozen gifted interior designers, a handful of leading manufacturers, innumerable crews of tradesmen and one acclaimed architect, the result is a house infused with creativity.