Three Birds Renovations, the unrivalled queens of home transformations, headed to Glenhaven in suburban Sydney for their latest renovation project, House #11. Read on to learn how the talented trio turned this unassuming family home into a stunning coastal Hamptons-inspired haven.
In a Three Birds Renovations first, the owners of this family home gave their house keys to Bonnie, Lana and Erin, packed up and left them to work their magic.
“This reno was like none other we’d done before! We asked our brave homeowners to handover their keys, their budget and full creative control… to us! They had no say… #zip #zilch #zero,” explains Bonnie.
“We sent them on their merry way and jumped into action to create the family home they’ve always dreamed of… or so we hoped!”
The only guidance the owners provided was what their budget was, what number of bedrooms and bathrooms they needed and what they just couldn’t do without.
“Our vision was to create a Hamptons-inspired home with pops of colour throughout,” says Lana noting that the existing style of the house really lent itself to this vision.
Externally, Three Birds Renovations wanted to give the dated brickwork a fresh Hamptons vibe with sprayed brick, cladding and new detailing. As well as giving the family some additional privacy by adding a front fence to the property, which is located on a main road, and upgrading the existing swimming pool in the back.
“We were very lucky with this large, flat block with easy access,” notes Lana. “The only challenge was because of the large size of the backyard we needed to create multiple entertaining zones, within the budget.”
Internally, they wanted to bring light and space into the house, which was dark with black tiles, exposed brick and wooden features.
“To create our Hamptons vision we knew we’d need a lot of white paint, with some coloured features and cladding details.”
“We’re calling it #ColourMeHamptons because it’s inspired by traditional Hamptons homes but we’ve added pops of colour to make it more playful and youthful for this family,” says Erin.
Lots of whites and greys, cladding, texture and layers were central to creating the look.
“Cladding was an important part of our vision and so we used Stria™ Cladding from James Hardie’s Scyon range to add the cladding detail to the top storey of the house, externally. We also used James Hardie Axent™ Trim to add trims to the existing windows to make them pop,” explains Erin.
Erin says the combination of the Stria cladding and brickwork – all painted the same Dulux Grey Pail – is one of her favourite elements of the renovation.
“It’s the perfect Hamptons grey and contrasted with the Dulux White on White trims, it sets the tone for the entire house.”
“The traditional profile choice would have been Linea™ Weatherboard but we wanted this home to be a bit different and Stria’s wide boards and groove detail is a fresh approach to the Hamptons look we were going for.”
In the backyard, Three Birds Renovations created a gorgeous, covered entertaining patio that opens with sliding doors from the family lounge room.
“We revamped the pool area and added a poolside pergola to relax after your dip. Down the back of the property, there’s yet another seating area around a fire pit.”
Inside, the team used James Hardie HardieGroove™ Lining throughout the home to add texture and create a coastal Hamptons vibe.
“The HardieGroove cladding makes plain white walls look amazing and is perfect for adding little details that make all the difference in a renovation – like how we used it along the bench seat in the dining nook.”
Finally, they added some pops of colour and playful touches to complete the look. “We tiled the concrete porch with gorgeous encaustic-look tiles, added some big pots with plants and a fun Byron Bay hanging chair to help achieve this.”
For this renovation, like the ten before it, Three Birds Renovations created a vision board for the project, finding inspiration from the likes of Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, holidays and hotels.
“We whittle it down to a few images, add some words to cement our vision and this becomes our bible for the renovation. We share it with all our tradies to make sure we’re all on the same page for the entire journey,” says Bonnie.
In working with the builder and tradies, Bonnie, Lana and Erin specify the details of every tap, floorboard, and paint colour “so there’s no room for anyone to stray from our carefully selected choices” and are on-site regularly to ensure it all goes as planned.
Three Birds Renovations have created a lush coastal Hamptons haven for this family that is both beautiful and functional.
“We wanted to create them a home we thought they’d love, so we got to know how they live and designed the house with that in mind,” says Bonnie.
“We think it’s really important to think about how you want to feel in your home as well as how it looks. So we kept that in mind with every decision too – it needed to be practical for how they like to live, as well as pretty.”