The Hamptons getaway of artist Karin Waisman and her husband, architect Carlos Brillembourg, serves a dual purpose: not only does it offer a serene respite from hectic city workweeks, but it’s also an outlet for their respective creative pursuits. It didn’t pop up overnight, however. The story of the house and the couple’s partnership starts with a diminutive 1920s cottage that stood in the center of a quarter-acre property on a quiet lane south of the highway. Brillembourg bought the house in 1998, not long before meeting and marrying Waisman, and the couple spent several summers in the two-room getaway—now fondly referred to as “the shack”—cooking on a small brick patio in the shade of a century-old Japanese maple and enjoying sunsets in a west-facing garden.
“It was very cute, but it was also a disaster,” Waisman says with a laugh. “There was no dishwasher, no air-conditioning, no washer, no dryer, and no pool!” Additionally, the absence of drywall or insulation meant the shack was a summer-only affair. After the birth of their daughter, though, the couple knew it was time to build a grown-up house, complete with air-conditioning, as well as heat for the colder months.283