After 25 years of owning a charming saltbox house in the woods of Wainscott, a hamlet in the town of East Hampton, N.Y., Joe Tringali was ready for a change — a dramatic one.
“He wanted to live in a glass box,” said his architect, Reid Balthaser.
Mr. Tringali, now 66, bought the three-bedroom, two-bathroom saltbox in 1992 for $620,000, and had been using it primarily on weekends and during the summer. But six years ago, when he retired from his work as a lawyer (he now teaches at New York University and the University of Miami), he began spending more time there. And little things he once found vaguely irritating became major annoyances.
His loft-style bedroom, for instance, was on the second floor and didn’t have a door, so he could hear everything going on downstairs. And the living room faced south, but didn’t get much light, so he rarely used it.