How to Get the Hamptons Look with a <$30K Renovation Budget

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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.

linea-australianhamptons-monterey-jameshardie_10__1_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.

linea-traditionalhamptons-mtkembla-jameshardie_1__3_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.

axon-interiors-jameshardie-11Add 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.


  • Create a classic weatherboard exterior with Linea Weatherboard, adding Axent trims for a crisp, elegant finish.
  • Add columns and a balcony at the entrance of your home for a real ‘wow’ factor and an unmistakably Hamptons-inspired façade.
  • Focus on the kitchen and wet areas, using Axon cladding to create a consistent, low-maintenance Hamptons feel. Add statement pendant lights and bar stools for decorative touches.
  • Update the flooring and internal paint colours with similar hues to create a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living.
  • Revamp your furnishings with a few larger pieces, such as wicker armchairs and a jute rug. These can be complemented with soft textiles such as throws and cushions in neutral shades, as well as lush indoor greenery such as large, potted palms.
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