This article was written by Australia’s Hamptons expert, Natalee Bowen of Indah Island.
Following on from how to plan a Hamptons-inspired renovation with a <$10K budget and <$20K budget, having more to spend means you can really transform your home to create a timeless Hamptons look you’ll love forever. With a budget of up to $30,000, you can consider redesigning the layout of your house for open-plan living as well as create an outdoor entertaining space, a hallmark of Hamptons homes.
Create the classic weatherboard look that is synonymous with Hamptons homes. To make the most of your budget, and for an instant transformation, use Linea™ Weatherboard to cover a brick or rendered exterior and add Axent™ Trim to the windows for a crisp, elegant finish. For a timeless decorative feature with a true Hamptons feel, you can enhance the lining board under the eaves and add square, shaker-style columns to the front of the home.
Pull out all the stops with a Linea weatherboard façade complete with details like bargeboards and thicker window trims to make your façade ‘pop’!
A balcony or outdoor living space is another great way to bring the Hamptons look to your façade. With a signature feature of a Hamptons home being an outdoor area designed to make the most of warm days and alfresco entertaining, this is a key reason the Hamptons look is ideally suited to the Australian lifestyle. Oversized bi-fold doors that open onto a balcony, deck, pool area or grassy backyard will encourage a seamless transition between your lounge room and dining space, not to mention opening up your living area to expand your entertaining space.
Create a seamless indoor–outdoor transition with French or bi-fold doors.
A <$30k budget allows you to look at the layout of your home and consider if you can structurally make it open-plan living, as well as looking at flooring options. Are there any walls that could be removed to create a bright, airy space? Is there a possibility of extending or replacing windows to maximise natural light? Colour-matching your flooring – both inside and out – with the walls will help to create a harmonious flow from your living room to your outdoor area. Maintaining a similar colour palette from your living room to your balcony will further encourage a harmonious indoor/outdoor flow in your new open-living home.
Add texture to the interior of your home with Axon™ cladding.
By using Axon™ cladding throughout your home and wet areas including the kitchen, bathroom, ensuite, laundry and garage, you can create a clean and consistent Hamptons feel that is also low-maintenance. Bring in some greenery to match the landscape outside, such as a few oversized potted palms, which will add some lush colour to the soothing, neutral palette inside.