“I find my clients tend to prefer something original and personal, not generic, in both the architecture and finishes. New technologies, with a little bit of intelligence and design time, makes that possible. It is analogous to the trend for ‘fast fashion’ today (appropriate since many of my clients are in the fashion industry).We are exploring and testing different surface materials and treatments, including cast panels in fluid dynamic shapes, 3D wallpaper (CNC milled or laser cut), and sculptural walls produced on a 3D printer. This allows for the use of unexpected materials in clever ways like concrete, MDF, hard-plank and Azek, Formica, Corian--materials I love. “Clients are more open to being as green and ecoaware as possible. They consider the big picture, such as material locations and required deliveries, methods of fabrication, maintenance, and life cycle costs. They are aware it is so much more than specifying trendy green products. I find it is important to factor all of those considerations early in the design process.”
The slogan of East Hampton’s Plum Builders is “Our tradition is modern.” Mary Giaquinto, chairwoman, says that “traditional is still strong even as there is a greater appreciation for modern details which are clean and crisp, especially on the interior. In that vein, we’ve been installing white lacquered poplar paneling in hallways and a dark stained paneling surround for fireplaces, which is creating excitement.” At Paramount Custom Homes, buyers want more of a modern feel. A spokesperson said, “The buyers of today are looking for finishes that we like to call ‘transitional,’ with more straight, clean, long lines on paneling, moldings, and trim. Buyers want high ceilings on all three floors, and LED lighting throughout. More glass, larger windows, with more open spaces in the floorplan. In the kitchen, buyers prefer white, high gloss oversized cabinets with double-thick marble countertops and high-end stainless appliances. Light colored oak floors should be installed throughout the house, which should also include highly efficient heating and air conditioning
systems. The grounds should be beautifully landscaped, with stone patios out back and of course a gunite pool and spa.” Thomas Robinson, Executive Vice President at Taconic Builders, says, “The construction market for custom private residences is definitely dominated by modern architecture, though the spec home builders seem to be sticking with traditional home. There also seems to be a trend in two-story homes to put at least some of the public rooms--living room, dining room, and so on—on the second floor, which used to strictly be the domain of the private rooms. Higher up, these rooms can offer the best daytime views of the ocean or bay.” Our take? Modern seems to be the way of the future, although there will always be those who prefer a warmly traditional look. Make sure that you investigate the latest technologies to make your life in the Hamptons easier, but don’t forget to have fun by adding playful touches like a game room.
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Published on Mar 3, 2016