You can’t go wrong with a Hamptons / Coastal Home this year, with more and and more of our projects having this theme – it suits our location on the Northern Beaches perfectly.
If you are looking into this style, the main features to consider when designing your Hamptons / Coastal Home are;
The Weatherboard look cladding
A weatherboard finish is almost essential to the look and weatherboard cladding can now be duplicated with more modern materials which require lower maintenance and have better weathering qualities.
A Gable Roof
One of the most distinguishable characteristics of a Hamptons-inspired home is a gable roof. A gable roof is an elegant and impactful design feature with its traditional nautical ‘boatshed’ appearance, this architecture feature exudes laidback coastal appeal and, alongside weatherboard cladding, boasts clean, linear lines. Inside, a gable roof promotes higher indoor ceilings, which can open up a room and create a feeling of spaciousness.
Window Trims & Window Grids
When you’re looking to accentuate your Hamptons exterior weatherboard, you can’t go past window trims. These thick, timber-look accents add much-needed definition to the windows. A Hamptons style home is one that is flooded with as much natural light as possible to emulate those endless summer vibes, and if you’re lucky enough to have a view, you’ll certainly want to capitalise on it with large windows. While large windows with a chunky Axent Trim will add a touch of Hamptons style, that’s not enough to encapsulate a true Hamptons retreat. Adding windows with a grid pattern will give your interior and exterior that ornamental touch without compromising on any natural light flow. If a whole window grid pattern is too busy for your liking, you can add a top-row grid style, also known as fractional grids. As the name suggests, this window style only has a grid row at the top of the window, leaving the remainder of the windowpane unobstructed.
Frenchs & Stackable Doors
French doors certainly have their place in a Hamptons style home. French doors installed in an upstairs balcony, patio or indoor/outdoor room will not only add a classic elegance to the look of your home but also flood your interiors with an abundance of natural light – a hallmark of true Hamptons style living.
Stacking doors are another addition that can open up your indoors to the outdoors with one fell push. Unlike French doors, stacking doors give you complete unobstructed views to the outdoors and are particularly beneficial when creating a seamless flow between your interior and exterior living spaces.
Hamptons style homes are all about the indoor / outdoor living with an endless summer in mind. This is achieved with large windows, open-planned indoor/outdoor rooms and outdoor kitchens. Another way to blur your interior with your exterior is with a servery window. A servery window is an extension of the kitchen whereby the kitchen bench extends out to an adjoining outdoor entertaining area through a bi-fold window, creating a kitchen servery. Aside from being a very convenient way to access the kitchen when entertaining, serveries create even more of an open and airy living space that’s synonymous with luxurious Hamptons style living.