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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

A Renovated Coastal/Hamptons Home | House of the week

This weeks home tour is a renovated Coastal/Hampton style.  What was once a standard and very 90's brick home its now been transformed into a beautiful family home

Who lives here 

Sam - 32 Cabinet Maker/ Small Business owner @starlowkitchens, Eliza - 31 Office Manager, Stella - 6, Arlow -2 and Ally the dog 9. 

Style of home and location 

A coastal/Hampton's renovation located in Mount Martha, Victoria

Timeline of build 

Our Renovation has just ticked over the 1 year mark. We planned for a couple of months prior but basically just planned on the go!

The before - a standard brick home
The after - with a new colour scheme and weatherboards the homes transformed

Tell us a little about your build journey

We purchased our home just over a year ago with the hope of completing it within a year. We have retained the layout for the most part but replaced all flooring with Wild River Timber in herringbone pattern, repainted all walls and installed wainscoting in all rooms to add that feature and Hampton's feel. Completely replace kitchen, bathroom and laundry as well as added in some French doors to create a private study. We did a massive overhaul on front exterior changing it from a red brick home to a weatherboard look using James Hardie Scyon Cladding product.  We have just ticked over 1 year and still have ensuite and outdoor alfresco to go.

The before kitchen - very 90's!

The after - what a stunning transformation!

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

I love that the style is relaxed, timeless and elegant all in one. I really connect with the style and cannot see myself having my home any other way!

Dining before

Dining after with Hampton's style kitchen, herringbone flooring and wainscoting

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

We have absolutely loved renovating our home and it will be bittersweet when its done. We have been pretty lucky and avoided any major problems. Being our second renovation we learnt a lot along the way with our first. We did have the dust vacuum stop working on the concrete grinder when grinding all the floors in preparation for the timber floors leaving a huge amount of dust through the entire house. It took days and days to clean. Just when I thought I had it all, more dust settled. I never want to remove floor tiles again in my life! It was a huge task!
Formal Lounge before

Formal lounge after

Favourite room in your home?

This is a tough one, I love so many rooms. But if I have to pick one... its the kitchen. Its stunning and practical for our family. We spend so much time in it and make so many memories! I loved baking in it with the little ones over Christmas!

Lounge room before

Lounge after

Any further plans scheduled for the future or areas still to complete?

Still have ensuite and outdoor alfresco to go. Alfresco is next, we plan to do a stunning coffin ceiling with lining board roof complete with outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. Maybe a cute little picket fence added to the front yard too!

Master bedroom before

And after

Is this your forever home or do you have plans for the future?

Our forever home, It's perfect for us!

Bathroom before

And after


Coral Art & Feather Art - @driftwoodinteriors
Scyon Cladding - @jameshardie

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