A Bridgehampton Guesthouse Brings a Couple's Midwestern Roots to Life

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When a couple in Bridgehampton decided to build a guesthouse for friends visiting from New York City, they looked to their past for architectural inspiration. Both had grown up in the Midwest, and they agreed that a modern farmhouse would best represent their fond memories of roaming the countryside. Bringing this nostalgic wish to life would've been challenging enough for architect Tim Dumbleton of TADA, but the pair had a second difficult request, too: they wanted to build the dream quickly. With only a few months to plan, prepare, and execute the construction, Dumbleton created a design that gives the impression that the home has stood for some time. Reclaimed materials — like wood from a Brooklyn factory — provide that sense of timelessness, while an abundance of windows open to views of the outdoors. "We started the design in December, and the couple moved into the guesthouse the following July, " Dumbleton said. With a home like this, it's no wonder the two were so eager to make their past part of the present.

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Exterior

The house was made from Insulated Concrete Forms, which provides year-round warmth.

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Living Area

Grandiose vacation homes are commonplace in the Hamptons, so it was important to the owners that the home had a sensitivity toward the natural world. By using reclaimed wood from a Brooklyn factory and an antique table owned by the residents for many years, the home maintains a rustic quality, despite its posh location.

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Kitchen

The floors are colored concrete with radiant heating, adding a modern component to the space.

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Kitchen

An elegant Bertazzoni stove is situated between modern cabinets and colorful tile in the kitchen's open floor plan.

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Staircase

The reclaimed wood used throughout the home, including on the stairs, came from a Williamsburg factory. The building is now the Wythe Hotel.

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Bedroom

A Noguchi light compliments the rustic slanted ceiling in the upstairs bedroom.


After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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