Thursday, July 16, 2009

An 1880s Farmhouse in the Hamptons: Classic in the Front, Contemporary in Back

This 1880s farmhouse in the Hamptons may look like a traditional older home from the front, but walk around back and you'll discover something much more modern.

It has been completely renovated to be eco-friendly. And it has a decidedly split personality. There are some more traditional-looking rooms, like these:




And then you run across some much more contemporary spaces, like these:



It really made me do a double-take when I first saw these. It looked like they had combined the photos from two different listings. The house is listed with Corcoran for $8.95 million. You can see the rest of the photos and get more information about the listing here.

P.S. I'm featuring photos of the classic white house from the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"over at Hooked on Houses today.

19 comments:

  1. Very interesting, much better than razing and rebuilding.

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  2. I say choose people - choose contemporary or traditional. Even though I must admit, I love them both! What a neat house!

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  3. I grew up in a house that was victorian on one side and Colonial on the other: the owner had dies during the atempt to remove all the victorian charatersitics, it was resided and allowed to remain as is otherwise. An interesting plance to grow up, not something I would do ot my own home.

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  4. I love the traditional part the best! Cindy

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  5. Love it! I much prefer contemporary builds and renovations to look contemporary instead of pretending to be something they're not.

    Have a look at this one for something a little out there...

    http://imahouseaholic.com/?p=777

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  6. Hmmm...I'm going to need to sit on this one for a while. Not sure how I feel...I like the traditional rooms, and I like the contemporary rooms. They just look like they are in/belong in two different houses! Maybe they'll let me stay with them for a few days to get a better feel for it. :-)

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  7. I love it... Sold!!!
    The blue and green porch is so lovely...:)

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  8. Hmmm. A bit too much split personality for my taste.


    Who am I kidding....a few too many clam$ for my taste...

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  9. ack!
    Decide already, people...
    Me no likey.
    but i love your blog!!!!

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  10. Beautiful! I love the split personality. The best of both worlds sort of:)

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  11. I appreciate that the designers of this renovation took into account that the house should blend with its neighbors and the classic style of the Hamptons... especially with prices like that... I know I'd want to get MY 8.95 million dollars worth of old money style!!

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  12. Wow - creative architect. I prefer traditional, but that house is really cool.

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  13. Hello Julia - I really love this farmhouse. My favorite room is that photo of that first bedroom! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  14. It reminds me of a mullet- business in the front & party in the back! LOL

    Interesting design but, I'd have to go one way or the other. I am boring ;) Great post Julia! Thank you for sharing this design idea.

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  15. It reminds me of one of those decorating shows where the wife loves traditional and the husband loves contemporary then they try to combine the two. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

    This house is really different. I would have to actually be in it to know if I liked it or not. I wonder about the flow between the two areas. Interesting.

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