Inside the home of the Hamptons
The Hamptons are awash in shaker shingles and ultra contemporary boxes. Houses of seven gables buy canada goose jacket are as common as split rail fences and manicured lawns.
But retail guru Kevin McLaughlin, 65, eschewed those design flourishes when dreaming up his family retreat in the hamlet of North Haven canada goose outlet store (nestled between Sag Harbor cheap canada goose and Shelter Island). But his other passion is flipping houses.
He and his wife, Barbara, 53, had canada goose outlet jackets renovated and sold at least four homes out east before they realized that what they really were after call it an industrial compound with an agrarian sensibility didn’t exist. So in 2014, they bought two parcels, clocking in at just under 2 acres, adjacent canada goose outlet in usa to Barbara’s brother’s house, from a local fishing Canada Goose Parka concession stand owner, who’d been using a five car garage on the property for boat repairs. They then set about building what they expected to be canada goose outlet uk sale their forever Hamptons home.
“It was actually our architect Doug Larson’s idea,” Kevin tells Alexa. “He had [previously] wanted to take agricultural buildings found in the Catskills and open them up like lofts for his own family.”
With that inspiration in mind, the couple gave Larson (of Tribeca based Larson and Paul Architects) carte blanche to reimagine their property’s canada goose outlet store uk https://www.zoetermeerinbeeld.nl dilapidated garage, tear down ranch house and overgrown meadow. “They were very generous they let me try an experiment,” says Larson, who’s worked with the McLaughlins on six personal projects over the past 20 years and has designed nearly all of their 107 retail spaces.
In the fall of 2014, the architect sent plans for what he called the Steel House to Art Hance, a prefab home dealer in New Jersey. Within a couple of months, a semi pulled up on the gravel driveway, carrying steel beams and eco friendly insulated panels. A foundation was canada goose uk outlet poured and, in a matter of two weeks, the Steel House went up “like an erector set,” says Kevin. The family including 20 year old daughter Madeline and 12 year old son Hugh moved into the new canada goose outlet reviews three building retreat last August.
Through the yellow front door of the main Steel House, guest rooms are up the steps, with a kitchen just to the right (outfitted with sliding barn doors that shut out the canada goose outlet commotion during parties); the rest of the action is straight ahead in the great room, bookended by slate fireplaces. Here, a cathedral ceiling rises 25 feet, and a western wall of glass slides fully open, bringing the outside in.
Plumbing pipes act as handrails “to give an industrial but residential feel,” notes Kevin, while old scaffolding was repurposed as a top for a wrought iron dining room table. There’s an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair clad in red linen, a mirror fabricated from a rotted tree trunk, and a faint nautical theme. Nothing matches, yet everything works.
“If you fill a house with things you like, it will always go together,” says Kevin.
Indeed, he and wife Barbara (who is president of the Fund for Park Avenue the group responsible for all those gorgeous tulips lining the avenue) share canada goose outlet toronto factory a passion for collecting unusual objects, rotating them throughout the complex.
“I like to say I even got my wife at the auctions,” jokes Kevin, “since Barbara worked at Christie’s for 13 years, and I was the guy at the back waving a paddle.”
Beyond the dancing grass of the overgrown meadow is their uninsulated Pool House, strapped with wood like a corn crib and Canada Goose Outlet aglow at night from the twinkling lights strung inside. This two story, three bedroom pavilion has a wraparound porch and a covered turret “that’s used more canada goose clearance often for Nerf gun wars than breakfast,” Barbara laughs, though she sometimes sneaks in to watch the sunrise above the bay through the trees.
“We really have an open door policy; I have one friend who refers to the house as Yaddo of North Haven [referring to the famous artist’s colony] she said she got to a critical point in her screenplay here,” Barbara recalls. “It’s a beautiful setting for inspiration and for having your friends around, while also having your own space.”
‘If you fill a house with things you like, it will always go together.’
She’s now fantasizing about throwing a grand birthday bash in July. “We are overdue for a party,” she says the last time the whole clan gathered was canada goose outlet shop for Thanksgiving. “Theirs is the rare extended family that actually gets along well,” marvels Kevin.
Indeed, being able to host the whole crew was a necessity for the home, and architect Larson says its pared down design was inspired by simple materials, clean roof lines and elegant sequencing.
“I think it was a reaction to the excess of the Hamptons,” Larson notes. “People mistake spending a lot of money for having good taste, but they are not the same uk canada goose outlet thing. You don’t have to have marble and brass and shingles to have a beautiful home. Sometimes simple is better, and more tasteful.”
The McLaughlins may adore their industrial farmhouse compound, but their flipping bug has yet to be cured. They canada goose clearance sale recently purchased a derelict house on a peninsula in Sag Harbor that Kevin has had his eye on for a long time.
Which is why Barbara will savor every weekend she has this summer in the Steel House, canada goose outlet canada making marmalade from buy canada goose jacket cheap the potted Meyer lemons that circle the pool and watching shadows play on the pergola, in the meadow, and on the trees that separate her home from her brother’s. “It’s quiet here. You can hear the crickets. You feel like you’re official canada goose outlet in the middle of nowhere even though you can walk to town,” she canada goose outlet online uk says.
But true to form, Kevin is excited to get started on his next, peninsular property. He’s pretty sure his wife will go along for the ride when the time comes to move again. “She enjoys the process,” he says. And Barbara can’t resist chiming in: “I can nest anywhere.”.