Inspired by the Federal Colonial-style homes he saw in New England, this upside-down house in Water Mill was built in 1995 by the current owner, combining his own vision with the style he admired. It is listed for $2.5 million.
“He traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, frequently and loved the style,” says the home’s co-listing agent Eve Combemale of Sotheby’s International Realty. “He designed the house himself with the help of an architect, but based the design on his own needs and wishes.”
One of those wishes was for his bedroom to be in a convenient location, hence the upside-down configuration. “When he returns home in his car, he likes his first stop to be the bedroom,” says Combemale. “He can go straight from the garage in the basement, up the stairs, into the foyer, and then to his bedroom.”
Spanning about 3,000 square feet, the home’s rooms are on the large side, with 10-foot ceilings on the first floor and 12 feet high in the great room on the second floor. The great room incorporates living and dining space with a fireplace and an outdoor deck.
This house is set behind a privet hedge on 2 acres of land with farm field views. It has three bedrooms and 4.5 baths, with bedrooms and three baths on the first floor, as well as deck and access to the hedged-in pool. The second floor has a library with fireplace, an eat-in kitchen — with yellow and white checkerboard floor tile — and access to a rooftop deck with expansive views.
Also notable are the solid bones of the house. “The house is built to be very strong, using two-by-sixes rather than the usual two-by-fours,” says Marilyn Clark, co-listing agent. “It also has reinforced tresses, anticipating hurricanes and harsh winter weather.”