2012 HC&G IDA Winners!
This past July, HC&G held its second annual Innovation in Design Awards ceremony, recognizing the very best design projects in the Hamptons. Check out our winners!
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R.G. Shuster & Company
This small wooded lot in East Hampton was thickly populated with trees, and local laws severely limited the amount of clearing that could be done, so landscape designer R. G. Shuster pruned the trees in such a way as to bring in welcome light. The homeowners had also requested an abundance of flowering plants year-round, but nothing too “fussy”; a “comfortable modern style” without anything too minimal-looking; and privacy and immediate access to the garden. Stucco retaining walls were built to establish a strong relationship between house and garden, including a notched sculptural retaining wall above the pool that hides equipment. Judge Deborah Berke praises this project’s “wonderful use of white flowering plants and pale gravel for a sophisticated, monochrome garden design.”
Lear & Mahoney Landscape Associates
At first glance, this extraordinary landscape created by Southampton-based Lear & Mahoney is so subtle that it’s easy to miss some of the details. But the intention was to re-create a natural landscape that would reflect the seaside locale, while also incorporating new elements. One of the most exhilarating introductions is a series of long, shallow lawn steps that lead from the rear of the house to the expansive back lawn and, in turn, a swimming pool. Handsome mortarless stone retaining walls, inviting sandstone benches, locally sourced boulders positioned as natural sculptures, and rose-arbored seating areas all work to create an environment that feels completely natural and compelling at every turn.
Spaulding Landscape Architects
A long, narrow lot—110 feet wide by 950 feet deep—required the careful positioning of garden and leisure-time elements so that each serves its purpose without interfering with the others. Spaulding Landscape Architects planted a dreamy grove of native cedars and white spruce at the south end for screening, while native cedars and holly provide additional screening from the road. A limestone terrace follows the entire width of the rear of the house, a material that manages to stay cool even during the hottest summer days. The separate garage and guesthouse frame an entry courtyard, from which an inviting sinuous pathway, lined with 30 varieties of perennials, leads to the spacious main lawn, expansive enough to accommodate tented parties. Soil removed to fashion a sunken tennis court was ingeniously used to elevate the main house to the required flood elevation—a “very smart move,” says judge Scott Sanders.
CWM Horticultural Services
When Chris and Denise MacDonald first visited their East Hampton home, it had been described to them simply as “the house on the hill,” with views of a smattering of weedy trees and brambles. Chris, the owner of CWM Horticultural Services, used gravel and fill to take the house off its perch and integrate it more harmoniously with the land. Now the property is an oasis of manicured lawns, low-rise stone walls, cleanly articulated wooden fences, dazzling arbors, perennial, herb, and vegetable gardens, birdbaths and birdhouses, and an outdoor fire pit. Even vintage cast-iron sinks have been repurposed as planters. “This is a project my husband has put his heart and soul into,” says Denise, “and it has become a true oasis for relaxation.”