In the Hamptons, Modernism Rises (Again)

Like hemlines and tie widths, Hamptons house fashion is altering, as soon as once more.

When it involves new building, conventional homes with cedar shingles and gambrel roofs have given method, over the previous couple of years, to smooth, modern properties or fashionable farmhouses with gables, standing-seam metallic roofs and board-and-batten siding. White shingles and black home windows are all the fad. Interiors are fashionable; moldings are passé.

Beyond the dunes, from Westhampton Beach to Montauk, new forward-looking fashionable seaside homes designed for indoor-outdoor dwelling — with flat roofs and floor-to-ceiling partitions of glass — pepper the panorama.

“The types are just about cyclical,” mentioned James McDonough, a principal of McDonough and Conroy Architects, in Bridgehampton. Though conventional structure is tried and true, “it’s out and in,” he mentioned. “Now it’s again to fashionable.”

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Recently Mr. McDonough collaborated on the design of a $53.9 million modern spec home on Meadow Lane in Southampton, referred to as Billionaire’s Row.

“You start to see the fashionable on the water,” he mentioned. “It’s actually the place individuals would experiment. It’s the place it might be accepted first, the place it might be extra liberal, so far as design.”

The casual eating space on the bottom flooring of this $53.9 million spec home overlooks a walkway and views throughout the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean.CreditDaniel Gonzalez for The New York Times

With sliding glass partitions and balconies on the back and front, the 11,000-square-foot house overlooks a 50-foot heated saltwater infinity pool, a spa and the Atlantic to the east, and a tennis court docket and Shinnecock Bay to the west. A 2,000-square-foot rooftop deck offers wraparound views.

“Anything that’s new, that’s being constructed, is modern; solely the older stuff is conventional,” mentioned Vincent Horcasitas, an affiliate dealer with Saunders, which has the itemizing.

The earliest Hamptons properties, constructed within the 1600s, had been Colonial fashion. By the late 1800s, shingle-style homes like these designed by McKim, Mead & White had been standard. But by the 1930s, “the East End of Long Island was a cradle of modernism,” mentioned Christopher Coy, a founding father of Barnes Coy Architects in Bridgehampton, who has labored with giants of recent structure like Charles Gwathmey and Richard Meier.

“If you ask me,” Mr. Coy added, Hamptons fashion “means modernism.”

This $39.7 million home in Water Mill was designed for indoor-outdoor dwelling and is elevated above flood ranges.CreditDaniel Gonzalez for The New York Times

On Flying Point Road in Water Mill, between the Atlantic Ocean, Mecox Bay and Channel Pond, a virtually full, sleekly curved home pops out of the panorama like an enormous murals. Its stucco-and-glass exterior is punctuated with teak siding. “It’s a way more refined tackle fashionable,” mentioned Michael Cantwell, the chief advertising and marketing officer for Bespoke Real Estate, which has the $39.7 million itemizing.

Federal Emergency Management Agency rules enacted since Hurricane Katrina require homes to be constructed above base-flood elevations, which offers “a design alternative,” mentioned Mr. Coy, the architect, as a result of you may “float the home off the land.”

That means the views are higher: Entertaining and dwelling quarters are upstairs, reached by foot or a “flood-zone elevator.” To accommodate individuals who would moderately not stroll up and down stairs in bathing fits, swimming pools are additionally being raised to the extent of the primary flooring, or about 20 toes above grade, he mentioned.

The newest fashion shift is pushed, as effectively, by builders who “need to distance themselves from different builders with totally different facilities and a unique look,” Mr. McDonough mentioned.

After a $25 million modernist house bought about three years in the past, he mentioned, different builders jumped on the bandwagon: “It is a market-driven space. Everyone desires the following massive factor.”

Also, “People have grown to understand the flexibleness of recent structure, and never see it as one thing chilly, which was all the time the inference,” mentioned Blaze Makoid, an architect in Bridgehampton who has all the time favored modernism.

To seize the views of a double lot on the water in North Haven, Jon Vaccari, an actual property agent and inside designer, and his husband, Steve Fleming, a radiologist, employed Mr. Makoid to design a contemporary home with the “heat, comfy really feel” of their former Sag Harbor farmhouse. Completed two years in the past, the 6,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom home, which the couple share with their two kids, has Vermont stone and wooden inside and outside, and porcelain flooring that appear to be granite.

“Contemporary doesn’t need to be chilly, white and smooth,” Mr. Vaccari mentioned. “Everything introduced collectively creates a heat feeling inside and outside, and performs off nature.”

In Sagaponack, no less than half of the “newest, hottest homes” are fashionable, mentioned Nick Martin, an architect and a boss of the native architectural overview board. But they’re additionally “considerate and effectively scaled.”

Better high quality supplies and new expertise have made “a brand new degree of recent doable,” Mr. Martin mentioned. Modern homes constructed throughout a wave of recognition throughout the 1980s “had a variety of copycat, poor-quality structure, and people homes are being torn down,” he mentioned, however patrons can belief that “at this time’s architects and builders could make a flat roof that doesn’t leak.”

These kinds of fashionable barn-style properties, with black trimmed home windows and metallic roofs, are trending within the Hamptons.CreditDaniel Gonzalez for The New York Times

The 400 or so conventional properties, with gables and gambrels, that Joe Farrell, a builder, constructed since 1996 bought shortly. But prior to now three years, he has switched to a extra fashionable fashion: a transitional fashionable farmhouse look with white or grey wooden planking, black home windows, gables and metallic roofs. So far, he has constructed 40 of these homes, he mentioned, and “individuals appear to like them.”

Mr. Farrell can be constructing ultramodern spec homes. “People’s tastes modified,” he mentioned. “So few individuals go for conventional now.”

Even patrons preferring a standard exterior have been choosing a contemporary inside with no moldings and “clear, straight strains,” he mentioned, moderately than the slanted ceilings that gambrel roofs necessitate.

“Maybe persons are sick of taking a look at them,” Mr. Farrell mentioned. “I all the time cherished conventional, and I’m constructing myself a contemporary home now.”

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