It started as a way to bring three generations of family, spread across the globe, under one roof. Expertly sited on a two-and-a-half acre lot with private waterfront access, a 7,200-square-foot residence in Water Mill, New York, serves as home base for five adults and five preteens for summers, weekends, and holidays. “The challenge was making a viable whole for a family with disparate interests and age groups,” says architect Andrew Berman.
A large chef’s kitchen for entertaining friends and family sits at the heart of the T-shaped plan’s two-story wing. Extending from it, a one-story leg with guest quarters comes together with a lower, canted offshoot containing the garage, their roofs blanketed with wildflowers. These volumes hug an entry courtyard where the acid-etched glazed facade is opalescent by day and a welcoming lantern at night. At the western end of the house, the living-dining area opens onto the pool patio. Each veranda is sheltered by cantilevers ranging from 6 to 12 feet deep.