Habitat

Featuring five houses ranging in style from traditional to modern
An East Hampton Village house on the tour combines French interior accents with an exterior reminiscent of an English cottage. Landscape Details

Rapid construction, locked-in price
Punit Chugh and Anjali Gupta display a model of a premade wall. Below, this modernist Davinci Haus was custom designed. Durell Godfrey
Aman Developers’ new office will be in a Davinci Haus to the east of the traditional building that is its office now. State-of-the-art technology will reduce the carbon footprint. Bill Chaleff of Chaleff and Rogers
The Eden Mountain Estate in the Swiss Alps is a Davinci Haus.

Jolie Kelter and Michael Malcé welcome friends — and shoppers by appointment.
A chicken coop is now a shop with eclectic wares, including a huge baseball, jewelry, folk art, signs from old-time stores, and a framed catcher’s vest.
Above, collectible decoys and ceramics are shelved indoors.
Left, a lamp in the master bedroom has a vintage shade; the bedspread contrasts with hand-applied stripes on the wall. Right, 19th-century portraits and a distressed mantel create a comfortable mood in the dining room, with a hand-painted kitchen floor at left.
A friend may have had the Olympics in mind while painting a trompe l’oeil runner for the stairs.
Supermarket food stickers on the kitchen window trim is a zany and surprising embellishment.

An ascendant East End phenomenon By Lee H. Skolnick, F.A.I.A.
The humble ranch house offers a perfect base upon which to elaborate, within the considered bounds of taste, finances, and reason.

Two-story glass walls bring in lots of light
Arthur Beckenstein and John O’Rourke suggested earth tones for the interior of their house but discovered they also liked brilliant hues.
Floor-to-ceiling glass on two sides of the house allows for bright light and panoramic views.
A roughly 23-foot-long fireplace wall in the middle of the house is the backbone for the rooms on both the first and second floor. Three uniquely shaped mirrors bring in the outdoors.
Where possible, the roofs are planted with sedum, often changing color with the seasons.
The pool, built with water spouts to mimic nearby Springy Banks, stays open all year.
An antique dresser and midcentury modern chair almost steal the first-floor guest room’s view of Three Mile Harbor.
A photo Arthur Beckenstein took after Hurricane Hermine in 2016 became a 12-foot-long triptych placed over the bed. The headboard makes use of what is known as live-edge wood.
An unusual chair was made in Brazil.
A patio table near the kitchen is shielded by a stone wall that creates a barrier between the deck and steep slope toward the harbor.

Earth Is the Raw Material
Lane’s ceramics take many forms, sometimes blending the functional and the ornamental
After making bowls for 10 years, Ms. Lane decided to also make vases, filling them with native vegetation from her property.
Alison Lane’s ceramic flowers are sometimes affixed to found objects like driftwood, creating decorative pieces. An old wooden birdhouse, found at the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s thrift shop, now explodes with color.
Today her bowls are glazed with various colors, but sunshine is a theme, along with sunflowers — “Alison flowers,” as they are known at the cooperative.
Poppies

‘The Little Ranch House That Could’
The dog, Bertie, just happens to be black and white, in keeping with the interior of what had been a 1960s ranch house.
Chris and Russ Patrick enjoy their surroundings.
Above and below: The exterior of “The Little Ranch House That Could” proves the black theme, making it unique in a Sag Harbor enclave that was developed in the 1940s.
Inside, it’s black and white all over. Most of the couple’s furniture came from their former 4,000-square-foot house.
The Patricks call the dark patio off the dining room, designed by the late Jack deLashmet, their secret garden.
A floor-to-ceiling mirror helps create an illusion of endless space in the dining area, with a black table and chairs.

The Sky’s the Limit
Music and video blend in this Bridgehampton house. Attention to detail is key, with every product chosen to perform without sacrificing the beauty of the space. Photos courtesy Crescendo Designs
The owners of this Sagaponack house can access all the systems from one easy-to-use touch panel. And they can press a button for the away mode.
The­ Bridgehampton house has all of the audio, video, and automation equipment in one climate-controlled location. The proper environment assures reliability and longevity.