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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

A Modern Hamptons Masterpiece | House of the Week

Showcasing the popular Modern Hampton style this new build is stunning with a classic facade and amazing entertaining spaces -  such a dream home!

Who lives here 

Kate Whitehouse - Media & Communications Manager; Luke Whitehouse - Electrician; our 2 furbabies - Carlos (Staffy) & Frankie (Cavoodle)

Style of home and location 

Modern Hamptons-style located in Camp Hill, Queensland  

Timeline of build 

The planning process took about 3 months (Commencing in September 2016) - we used an architect to design the house to ensure we used the long skinny block to our advantage. We demolished the existing house in December 2016 and the new build commenced in January 2017 - it was a six month build and we moved in June 2017. 

Weatherboards Scyon Linea, External Paint - Dulux Shale Grey ( half strength) and Dulux Lexicon ( half strength)

Tell us a little about your build journey

We loved this build and had the best experience. This was our second project - our first being a very testing and long renovation of a Queenslander, so in comparison, this build was a breeze. Luke also worked on the house full-time so he was able to make decisions on the fly with our builder which made the whole process much easier. It's very rewarding seeing your vision come to life and we were so happy with the end result. 

What do you love about the Hampton modern style and where did you find your inspiration for your beautiful home?

I love the way the Hamptons style has been adopted in Australian homes - it's still traditional but is a little more relaxed and laid back - even leaning towards coastal with bright and airy open spaces. We chose this style as we knew it wouldn't date and would fit in well with the beautiful traditional homes in our area. We achieved the traditional weatherboard facade using Sycon Linea boards, which we love and will use again. 

Our inspiration came from a few homes we had found while researching the market - including a stunning house that was developed by Hammer & Heels in Bardon that we absolutely loved and of course - I am constantly inspired by finds on Pinterest as well. 

Did you enjoy the process of building and designing your home? Any hiccups along the way or things you would do differently?

I wouldn't say there were any major dramas or hiccups, but we are definitely always learning along the way - and there's little tweaks and changes that we would make here and there.  

Having greater control over the build this time - with Luke working on the house every day, definitely helped. It meant we weren't coming home and finding issues or things that we wanted to change - Luke would manage them along the way and execute ideas and features/details as we went along.  

It was a bit difficult at times as we were also planning our wedding at the same time so my mind was perhaps more focused on planning for that while Luke was more interested in the house! It did make things a bit more stressful than they probably needed to be. 

Chandelier from The Bach Living

Favourite room in your home?

I would say the kitchen - I love cooking & entertaining and it's the perfect kitchen for this. It's beautiful but still practical and I can see everything standing at the large island bench. We just love the whole kitchen/living/entertaining area. We love how open and airy it is - with the high ceilings, louvres and looking out over the pool - it's a very relaxing space.  

Lighting by Temple & Webster, Smart stone Cararra for bench tops

As your home is currently for sale whats next for you both? Any further projects in the works?

Yes - unfortunately, it is time to move on - as much as we would love to live in this house forever. Our next project is in Morningside - just a couple of suburbs over. We're currently finalising the plans for another modern Hamptons new build.   


Instagram account    @kato.whitehouse

Builder                        Gavin Roxby of Roxbuild

A few of Kate and Luke's favourite suppliers for the house

Enquiries relating to any items used in the house that aren't tagged please contact Kate over on her Instagram @kato.whitehouse

1 comment

  1. Gorgeous house Louise. A lovely, different take on Hamptons' style. Looking forward to next week, I'm hoping our new build may make the cut one day!! Jo (Roehampton252)