In true Workstead style, paying close attention to the American landscape is integral to their design and sourcing process. Reflecting on the importance of working with local artisans to source materiality, Ryan says, “Using local materials and suppliers helps root the project, reinforcing a sense of place and authenticity. We also have the opportunity to build relationships with local craftspeople and participate in an ongoing dialogue through the construction process.”
Historically, Shelter Island has famously resisted ‘Hamptonization’. “From a one-bedroom dwelling, Workstead’s transformation into the family sanctuary demonstrates how one can embrace stylishness while avoiding showmanship,” Ryan adds.