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The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

Why I chose the country-Hamptons style

We bought our beautiful half acre block of land in a leafy suburb with views of the mountains ranges and surrounded by farm land, so it made sense to keep the style of our home in a country-Hamptons style to suit its surroundings.

Our half acre block with elevated views

Our boys looked so tiny back in 2013! 

The first drawings of the front elevation - it was love at first sight!

Having half an acre and a block that measured over 30 metres wide it made sense to design out house in a long ranch style.  To prevent the home looking too long and straight the architect ensured the design had many variances such as verandas, windows that jutted out and garden beds to break up the long lines.  The use of materials were also important for the style. Our house is rendered and we then used Linea weatherboard from Sycon Walls around two large windows for interest. The photography studio entrance is located to the left while the main entry features a large entrance with black door.

The end result of the design is a beautiful country-Hamptons style home.

Our country Hampton style exterior featuring Linea weatherboard from Sycon Walls - image Louise Treacy Photography

Image Louise Treacy Photography

What I love most about the country-Hampton's style is its ability to make you feel welcome. Its one of those homes that is comfortable year round, either in the cool of summer or in front of the fire in winter. Entertaining family and friends is a breeze either around our dining table or in summer on the deck, or downstairs in the garden.  

Visit Sycon Walls for more inspiration and information about getting the look with Linea weatherboard cladding.

Travertine stone fireplace with wood heater is the perfect spot during the cold Melbourne winters - image Louise Treacy Photography

Our dining space is the perfect area for entertaining - image Louise Treacy Photography

To achieve our country Hampton's style look we designed our home with 10 foot ceilings, deep cornices and skirting boards, large banks of windows to take in the beautiful view and added texture such as a marble splash back in the kitchen and the travertine stone on the fireplace. The kitchen also features a butlers pantry which is perfect for hiding away all the small appliances while keeping the kitchen streamlined. Built in cabinetry, beautiful feature lighting, timber flooring and a neutral palette makes our home lovely and timeless.
Our kitchen features 10 foot ceilings, feature lighting and a marble splash back - image Louise Treacy Photography 
Image Louise Treacy Photography
Our large entrance featuring wallpaper, classic buffet and a neutral palate - image Louise Treacy Photography
Linea weatherboard from Sycon Walls
Love the country-Hamptons look? Head to Scyon Walls for more inspiration, ideas and advice

Five ways to embrace the Hamptons look in Australia

There's no doubt the Hamptons look is a popular choice in Australia. It tends to be a timeless design and suits our way of living. Here are five key features you should consider when designing your Hamptons style home.

1. Outdoor Living

Australia is well known for it sunny weather so our outdoor spaces are a key design element when building or renovating our homes.  Add in a gorgeous al fresco area or deck with room for an outdoor table and the all important BBQ. To add that Hamptons vibe, use a fresh colour palette and opt for a classic weatherboard look with Linea from Scyon Walls. You can even line your ceiling with v groove boards for added texture. Layer your furniture and add cushions for a welcoming look that extends your living space.

If your budget and space allows for it, a pool and pool house go a long way to help create a classic Hamptons look.

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A luxe pool area is key to the Hamptons look.

A seamless indoor/outdoor transition helps bring your Hamptons home to life.

The all important BBQ area with a Hamptons vibe - image via Pinterest.

2. Exterior

One of the biggest key features in a Hamptons style home is its exterior. In Australia, its all about adapting the grandeur of the Hamptons look to suit our lifestyle. Whether you have a single or double home, design elements such as large timber windows, a grand entry door or beautiful exterior lighting add a luxe appeal to your facade. Get classic Hamptons look with Scyon Walls Linea weatherboards for clean lines. You can also add your own twist to the look by mixing other materials like render, just like we have with our own home.

Scyon Linea weatherboards give this home a classic look

Get the Hamptons look with a mix of materials - image via Pinterest

Our hampton style forever home
Our own home mixes render with weatherboard features and a gorgeous black door - image Louise Treacy Photography

Love the weatherboard look? Visit scyon.com.au for more Hamptons inspiration.

3. Colour scheme

The colour scheme of your Hamptons style home is an extremely important element. You can use a neutral palette with soft beige's or greys and whites to accentuate your windows and trims or you could go with a darker palette for a more modern look. I also love a stunning entry door painted in black with white trims.

This glossy black door adds a modern element to this classic weatherboard Hamptons home.

4. Landscaping

For anyone that has built or renovated the landscaping can make or break your new home's design. Choices of plants should complement your new homes exterior and outdoor spaces. For the Hamptons Iook, I love stone retaining walls, travertine paving and a garden with lots of greenery such as box hedges, feature trees and white flowers. Keep the design simple and repetitive so your homes exterior is the star while also choosing plants that will survive in your climate.

A garden full of gorgeous green and white - image via Pinterest.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest.

5. Interior Elements

Hamptons style in Australia can range from traditional, modern, beachy to contemporary. Ensure to include design choices such as high ceilings, large timber windows, shaker style cabinetry, white walls, oak flooring and texture such as marble. Keep your choices timeless in style and you can't go wrong.

Our own take on on a Hamptons kitchen - image via Louise Treacy Photography

A stunning mix of high ceilings, loads of light and oak flooring in this kitchen/dining space - image via Pinterest.

A Hamptons look bedroom - image via Pinterest.

For more Hamptons inspiration, head to scyon.com.au

5 Hamptons style trends to be on top of in 2018

With our relaxed way of living it's no wonder that the Hamptons style is becoming one of the most requested and sought after designs in building and renovating

Let's take a look at the top 5 trends for 2018

1. Mixing traditional weatherboard cladding with other materials

We're seeing exteriors that comprise a mix of materials and textures to give the classic Hamptons style a warmer and more tactile look. Mixing strong architectural elements such as stone, render, steel and weatherboard cladding gives these designs a new edge.  Exterior designs are being altered to suit both coastal, metro and bush settings while still being classic in style.

Scyon Linea and limestone are mixed giving this house a beachy but modern look. 
 Image via Kyle &  Kara

This home by Oswald Homes features a mix of render, stone, cladding and tiled roof

Our own home features render and weatherboard cladding

2. Choosing durable products to suit our Australian climate

Australia's climate requires you to think carefully about materials when building and designing your new Hamptons style home. For example, Sycon Linea weatherboard provides the look of classic timber weatherboard, but unlike timber, Scyon Linea is resistant to damage from termites and bushfires, and won't swell or crack.

Sycon Linea is a low maintenance exterior option while giving the traditional look of a weatherboard home.

Love the weatherboard look?  Learn more about Sycon Linea HERE

Scyon Linea used in this gorgeous alfresco area.

Scyon Linea in a deeper hue gives it a more modern look

3. Hamptons Refresh

The Hamptons style is trending a sophisticated new edge this year with colour palettes shifting to moody blues and blacks paired with white walls. Textures such as marble, steel and handmade tiles feature giving this style a fresh and modern approach.

Featured in House & Garden Magazine  

4. Contemporary twist

Australian design is modernising the Hamptons style trend to suit a more and relaxed and modern lifestyle. Builders are adding a contemporary twist on the traditional Hamptons style. While still classic in design we are seeing a more modern take on this traditional style with cleaner lines with homes being built to suit smaller block sizes.

Images via Pinterest

5.  Outdoor living spaces

Aussies love an outdoor summer - think eating outside on balmy summer days and if you're lucky enough, swimming on a hot day. Adding a fabulous alfresco area landscaped with lush greenery and the all important BBQ within your Hamptons design is certainly a trend that is here to stay.

Sycon Linea frames the outdoor BBQ area of this Hamptons home

Images via Pinterest

Inspired by the latest Hamptons trends? Visit Scyon Walls to start designing your dream Hamptons home.