THE 2007 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
May 1, 2007
Following the success of the 2006 HC&G Idea House in Water Mill, this year we've partnered with the same winning team—builder/contractor Richard Gherardi of Sand Dollar Development and architect Steven W. Semes, AIA—to create a home inspired by the Colonial Revival and shingle-style houses built between 1880 and 1930 in East Hampton village.
Located at 12 Southwood Court in Amagansett, the 2007 HC&G Idea House—totaling 6,500 square feet spread over two floors and a lower level—will also showcase the design talent of a team of nearly 20 veteran and emerging designers led by Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi. Each issue of HC&G this summer will focus on one facet of this project, from flooring, cabinetry and kitchen appliances to bathroom fixtures and landscaping.
The 2007 Idea House is located on a heavily wooded, two-acre lot on the former estate of Warner LeRoy, founder of Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room, among other New York institutions. It is the first of a planned six-house development. While the houses will have similar features—cedar shingles, painted wood trim and stone or brick paving—each will have a custom shape and orientation determined by the unique topography of its site. Due to the dense woodland, which is protected by strict zoning laws and thus will remain mostly undisturbed, the houses are not visible from the street or each other, ensuring privacy.
Designed for an affluent young family, the four-bedroom, six-bath (and three half-bath) residence is a roughly L-shaped structure with a spacious exterior entrance court and front porch, intimate rear patio and a broad veranda that wraps around the first-floor living room.