When longtime clients of Anthony Baratta purchased property in the Hamptons for a summer vacation home, they immediately contacted the design dynamo to help them create a suitable manor for their large family. Working with architect Ernest Schieferstein, Baratta and his former partner William Diamond concocted an imposing home with two gambrel-roofed wings separated by ample public spaces. This being the East End, cedar shingles were the natural choice for the exterior.
“The vogue for Shingle Style cottages comes and goes in the Hamptons,” says Baratta of the material that one sees more often than not in this neck of the woods. Despite its nod to tradition, the home boasts a surprisingly contemporary appeal, with more sizable rooms, each flowing into the next to encourage the easy summer lifestyle that any true beach house should accommodate. “It’s not a historic replica, but a 21st-century home, with an established style that I tried to emphasize in a modern way.” Read the full story on HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens).216