THE 2007 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
Our classic Hamptons shingle style residence on the lushly landscaped grounds of the former Warner LeRoy estate is based on Colonial Revival and Shingle Style houses of the period 1880-1930 in East Hampton village, which inspired the Dutch gambrel roof with shed dormers and recessed porch.
Inside, the approximately 6,500 square feet of living space is anchored by a spacious suite of main rooms designed for contemporary living, all of which open to the outdoors with generous windows and French doors. The entry hall is a dramatic two-story space with an open stair and light from two sides on both stories and a view of the woods from the front door. The distinctive sloping ceilings of this hall reveal the shape of the gambrel roof on the inside. A vista through the house links the main rooms—entry hall, living room, dining room and kitchen/family room—which are separated by graceful archways and terminated with views into the landscape at both ends. Wide plank wood floors, beamed ceilings, bay windows, and fireplaces with stone surrounds complete the picture of a contemporary interior within a traditional architectural exterior. Porches and window and door openings have been placed to capitalize on the intimate relationship between the interior and the surrounding landscape.
The interior rooms are generous in size, beautifully proportioned, and the floor plan is essentially one room deep, affording multiple exposures in the main rooms. This increases the connection between indoors and outdoors and floods the interiors with light. The large living room with a fireplace is to the right of the entry and overlooks a veranda that wraps around two sides of the room. Coat storage, a powder room, and a bar are inconspicuously tucked into the space between the entry hall and the living room. To the left of the hall is the dining room and beyond it the kitchen and family room with another fireplace. The mud room/laundry links the kitchen to the garage wing.