03/07/18 6:05am

Architect Meryl Kramer at her Southold office. (Credit: David Benthal)

Paging through a glossy design magazine filled with minimalist images fills almost anyone with a sense of calm-verging-on-euphoria. The cool, pristine perfection of it all is truly an inspiration — until reality intrudes. That dream house you covet is not a year-round home, you discover; the owners are rarely there. Or they don’t have children, whose shoes, artwork, sports trophies and contents of their backpacks seem to ooze into every corner. Or a dog, who considers the kitchen an extension of the mudroom.  (more…)

07/17/16 6:45am
North Fork Egg Farm's chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

North Fork Egg Farm’s chicken coops were designed by architect Meryl Kramer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

They say that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. But as the popularity of raising backyard chickens continues to grow, many North Forkers are opting to build their own chicken coops or hen houses — either from scratch or repurposed materials. Here are four decidedly one-of-a-kind examples:

Eight years ago, Matt and Marilyn Pasierb of East Marion launched North Fork Egg Farm with 35 free-range hens. Today, the Southold operation is home to 450.  (more…)