Home Tour: Hideaway in the Hamptons
By Sabra Morris | February 10, 2019
When homeowner Lou and his wife, Laurie, purchased their second home in the Hamptons in 2011, they were looking for a place to spend quality time together as a family. “Our daughter [Nikki] was 13 when we bought this home, and our son [Eric] was 15. We wanted a place where we could have some great memories before the kids got much older and busier,” Lou says. On that promise (and many more), the home delivered.
“The craftsmanship and workmanship attracted us as well,” explains Lou. “This home was built by a builder, and it shows.”
The home’s first owner (who was indeed a custom homebuilder) repurposed wide-plank flooring from a nearby barn salvage. In addition, every square inch of trim in this home was installed to perfection while walls were airbrush-painted to avoid drip marks or lines. “It was just so well done,” says Lou.
The home not only features good bones, it also gets high marks for style. Here are some of our favorite features:
A Clear Cut Above
Two-story custom windows also contribute to the light-filled living area’s sense of openness and allow for sweeping views.
A Kitchen for Gathering
“The way the kitchen is constructed with a double island, double ovens and facing out toward the rest of the home make it very nice for entertaining,” says Lou.
Fit For a Butler
A large butler’s pantry just adjacent to the kitchen provides ample storage and prep space.
Home is Where the Hearth Is
A screened in porch with large fireplace allows the family to enjoy dinners and social time alfresco 8-9 months out of the year.
Fine (and Casual) Dining
A formal dining room and smaller dining nook adjacent to the kitchen provide eating spaces for large parties or smaller groups.
The roofline enables each room in the house to have a unique ceiling. “One friend in particular calls the guest room his happy place,” says Lou. “He loves going back to his room at the end of the night and just staring at the ceiling because it’s so different.”
Camping at the Office
“This room is part of the master suite, and it’s now set up as an office,” says Lou. “It’s like you’re camping — very denlike. I was thinking about painting it, but then the wood was so pretty, I didn’t want to touch it."
A Fine Vintage
The wine cellar features storage for 300 bottles and features custom brick, wood and stone work throughout.
Gorgeous finishes notwithstanding, the home features excellent craftsmanship in less visible areas as well: “All the electrical is wrapped in metal tubes,” says Lou. “There are seams you find in the basement that you’d only otherwise find in a commercial property. When I’ve had repair jobs in this home and people come into the basement, they compliment us. It’s almost to the point where the repair professionals are impressed with the quality of work already done.”
A location on the water, an outdoor pool and a large outdoor entertaining area make this home the perfect backdrop for time with family and friends. “The beauty of this home really is that, when you have your friends out with kids and families, it creates a tighter bond,” says Lou. “We’ve had so much fun forging greater relationships with our kids and their friends. It’s almost like we’ve extended our family because of those times together during the summer.”
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