ARCHITECTURAL TRENDS MODERN IS IN...BUT TRADITIONAL HOLDS ITS OWN
t’s finally spring, and thoughts turn to building that dream home in the Hamptons. What style of house should you choose? A starkly modern glass box, a traditional shingled gambrel, or a transitional style somewhere in the middle? You likely have a long laundry list of likes, must-haves, and dream features. What new technologies do high-end homeowners demand, and what kinds of materials are architects and builders excited about? To find out, we asked experts from some of the area’s most innovative firms. Kean Development is known for adding ultra-high end features to its homes. The first completed house at its 43-acre project in Southampton, Olde Towne, includes a professional two-lane bowling alley as well as a roof deck with putting green. The house, called Twin Peaks, is listed for $45 million. Kean spokesperson Nancy Patterson says, “Our
clients tend to be very affluent; they are intrigued with technology. The homes we build are controllable via iPhone and tablet driven. Heat, air conditioning, lights, security, humidity, music, indoor and outdoor pool temps and lighting, fireplaces, and so on are adjustable with the push of a button. When they land in their private jet, they can have the lights on and hot tub at the perfect temp for their arrival. “As far as style goes, the Hamptons seem now to lean toward the modern—a clean, fresh and simple approach and layout. Lots of glass and clean lines that celebrate the magic of the landscape and the sea. “Our clients love home leisure facilities: indoor bowling alleys, golf simulators, elaborate spas, professional gyms, basketball and squash courts, hockey rinks, gigantic ballrooms, and full salons. And car collectors love multi-vehicle, underground garages with hydraulic
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Paramount Custom Homes
BY KAREN DASH
lifts that literally stack automobiles. “Another popular feature is a chef ’s kitchen as an adjunct to the family kitchen. There, private chefs can prepare food in a professionally equipped kitchen, with catering for large parties easily accommodated. “We also do a lot of rooms where remotely controlled walls of glass and screens slide up and down, bringing the outdoors in. Right outside are full bars, grills, fireplaces, flat screen TVs– all beautifully illuminated and appointed.” NewYork- and East Hampton-based architect Michael Haverland, known for stunning contemporary homes, says,“My clients like the attributes of a modern house—light, air, views, direct relationship to nature— combined with the cozy, casual comfort of a traditional beach cottage. They are not mutually exclusive.
Published on Mar 3, 2016