Think casual, classic, cool, coastal and comfy. Minimal colours, organic materials and that relaxed luxury feel, and you have yourself the perfect Hamptons-style house. If you have high-standards in design and looking for a functional, family-friendly home with chic character, building your dream home instead of buying can be the best path to craft the Hampton home of your dreams.
Hampton houses are popular in Australia because of their clean, fresh and timeless features. The key to designing the ultimate Hampton home lies in their two-storey floor plans, expansive, light-filled living spaces, grand features and finishing touches. It’s also vital to engage with the right residential builders. One that has a portfolio of similarly designed homes and a proven track record of happy clients. Here are a few other essential design tips to consider for your new Hampton home project:
1. Layer Neutrals with Natural Materials
Timber and oak floors paired with neutral colours are key elements of a Hamptons house. Don’t be afraid to mix different materials together, like multiple timber tones with stonework, marble or stone benchtops and painted weatherboards. Whilst Hampton house designs have a minimalistic approach, adding dramatic elements isn’t uncommon. For example; replacing regular hardwood floors with ebony-stained timber flooring will create visual appeal.
Colours should be kept to a minimum, with soft and muted shades offering a bigger impact combined with lots of crisp-white painted details. These contrasts, against gentle greys and blues, encourages the grains and character of the natural materials to shine through the architecture of the home.
2. Be Minimal, but Add Personality
Statement pieces like pendant or sconce lighting, chandeliers and marble can be implemented into the build to add personality to the Hampton home. These features offer the functional space a real sense of grandeur, without going overboard. Pay attention to the details in your home’s design. Ornate tapware, tiling in the bathrooms (pressed metal is popular) and splashbacks in the kitchen are all small additions that add to that ‘wow’ factor.
3. Blend Indoor/Outdoor Living
To add that beachy feel to your Hampton home, it’s important to bring the outdoors in. In addition to incorporating natural materials, like hardwoods, stone and wicker inside, the interior of the home should effortlessly flow into outdoor spaces. Evaporate the barriers between the two worlds with full-height windows or stylish bi-fold doors. These build features are also essential for encouraging a healthier flow of natural light into the home and eliminate an unnecessary interruption between indoor/outdoor living.
Make sure you embrace beach seating in the alfresco area too. Mix practical and fun together and create cobbled pathways to guide people between the two spaces (and give the impression of grand entryways). Other outdoor essentials to plan in your build should include a front/back fence. Hampton homes need a sense of seclusion so fencing and built-in gates will eliminate prying eyes and help to conceal the property from the street.
4. Raise the Ceiling
For your new build to boast the Hampton home style, it must look and feel spacious. Gable style roofs and high ceilings help to create the illusion of space and offer that airy atmosphere inside the property. From a visual perspective, raked ceilings offer that feeling of luxury as well. Incorporate them within key living areas such as the entertainment room. Exposed beams and pitched ceilings are classic architectural qualities of a Hamptons style home too.
5. Pay Attention to the Kitchen
The kitchen has always been the hub of the home but for a Hamptons house, details within its design is even more necessary. Make sure it includes crisp white finishes, wood panelling, white subway tiles and glass pendants. When designing a Hamptons style kitchen, the use of white is loved for its reflective quality and light. Combined with the dramatic appeal of dark wood floors, marble or wooden benchtops and blue/green/grey cabinetry, it’ll easily represent relaxed coastal living with a little indulgence. Ideal for the cooking space!
Your Hamptons style kitchen should have all the essentials too. A large island with plenty of storage, stainless steel rangehood, open shelves to show off kitchenware and updated appliances.
6. Create Room to Move
For your new home build to truly reflect the Hamptons style appeal, you must create room to move. Built-in shelving units and a butler’s pantry in the kitchen will add that much-needed storage to the space, whilst contributing to that luxury feeling. A breakfast bar with neutral coloured bar stools will help to transform the kitchen space into an entertaining zone, whilst making the room more functional as well.
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who recommends Lakeshore Group – the leaders in quality custom and residential homes for over 10 years that pride themselves on the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. You can catch Jayde on Google+.