What is a Hamptons style house design?
In this article, we’ll be looking at the Australian Hamptons Style Facade that has become more popular recently.
The Hamptons House originated from its namesake – The Hamptons in Long Island, New York. Known for its laidback, luxury and beachy tones, it’s popular for the elegance associated with its designs. A lot of new Hampton home designs add a modern twist to keep things fresh.
The Australian Hamptons Style Facade tends to be simpler and more informal than its New York counterpart. While the style is associated with rich and famous, it can be recreated at a reasonable price, meaning you can have the luxury feel without blowing your budget. Also, the Hamptons design is limited to those who live by the beach, with plenty of suburban and acreage examples around.
Here are some examples of Single-storey Hamptons designs.
The double-storey home really ramps up the spacious, luxurious feel of Hamptons style homes. Here are a few examples below:
Why is Hamptons style so popular in Australia?
The Hamptons style home and the Australian lifestyle are a natural fit. The original Hamptons houses were built in the popular holiday destination on Long Island, New York, with the purpose of mixing the luxe with the coastal lifestyle. With beaches being one of the quintessential images of Australian life, it’s not hard to see why the Hamptons style has taken off here (especially in South-East Queensland). People move near the beach for a relaxed lifestyle and the welcoming feel of the Hamptons style works nicely with this. Open living spaces are also popular
Though associated with the beach, the style is also becoming popular in the suburbs and regionally. Hamptons styling is a classic look that seems to stay in fashion and translates well to the other regions in Australia away from the beach.
Design features of a Hamptons style home
Modern Hamptons home designs tend to keep the elegance of the traditional designs while bringing in more authentic and natural textures. The warm tones and airy spaces have a more natural feel than the washed-out colours of yesteryear.
High pitched roofs
One of the key design elements of a traditional Hamptons home is the distinct high pitched roof. Exposed beams are a common design feature in Hampton house designs.
Natural Textures and Materials.
Traditionally, Hamptons homes are made from timber and lighter materials. This includes the timber flooring and staircases. When it comes to interior design, use decorative features that are made of natural materials or have a natural feel. Think along the lines of floral arrangements, seashells and jute rugs. Stone benchtops are another trademark of Hamptons styling along with soft furnishings in living areas.
With its clean lines and classic look, Weatherboard Cladding is one of the defining features of the Hamptons style home.
Along with being a popular look, it’s fairly inexpensive, simple to install and easy to clean. Plantation shutters go well with this cladding and help add character to your home’s exterior.
Shaker Style Cabinetry
Shaker Style Cabinetry is a classic design where there is a rise in the cabinet door. Its simplicity has stood the test of time and it’s unlikely to go out of fashion soon. Things like an island bench, stone benchtops and breakfast bars are common features of a Hamptons style kitchen.
When it comes to colour, Hamptons use a neutral colour palette to add warmth to your interior. White is the go-to colour (think whitewashed walls) for a Hamptons style home, but lighter colours like a very pale blue also work. To keep that relaxed, beach feel, it’s best to go with a less is more approach if you want to capture the Hamptons style. One of the design tips we’ve seen is to use accessories to add splashes of colour to your room, things like floral features. Soft furnishings are a perfect match for Hampton style homes.
Light and space
The Hamptons inspired home is all about making the most of natural light. Think large windows, wall long glass doors, open living areas. Anything to create light-filled spaces.
Impeccable landscaping and swimming pools go hand in hand with the Hamptons look. Though not essential, it does fit in with the vibe.
Important considerations when building a Hamptons style house
- The style is very popular and risks becoming a fad. This could hurt resale value later down the track. When there’s a lot of something out of style, that won’t be good for selling.
- The Hamptons look does lend itself to larger homes. While it can work for small homes, this may sacrifice a lot of the spacious feel people prefer about Hamptons design.
- Some find the Hamptons look quite traditional, which can be part of the appeal. If, however, you’d rather have something more modern or unique, there are other styles that would suit you better.
Compare Specialist Hamptons Style Home Builders
Due to its popularity, most builders will have a Hamptons inspired design of some sort.
Buildi has done Builder Review blog articles on each of the following builders. Just click the provided links to find out more.
Founded in 2018, Brighton Homes is a South-East Queensland focuses builder. They are part of the MJH Group. They offer a Hamptons Facade on many of their designs.
Coral Homes have been building homes in Brisbane since 1990. They have display homes that have a Hamptons design including one in the Pallara Village Display. Their website also advertises ‘affordable Hamptons style homes’, so could be worth a look if your budget is tight.
McCarthy Homes were founded in 1999. They label themselves as specialists in the Hamptons Style, even an entire section of their webpage dedicated to it. All their homes are available with a Hamptons facade.
Metricon Homes is one of Australia’s biggest builders. They have a wide range of both single and double-storey homes for you to inspect on their website.
Many of these designs also are available with a Hamptons style facade.
Plantation Homes are a Queensland based builder who strongly advertises their pride in building homes suitable for the Sunshine State.
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