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Two storey grey American East Coast style house.
Imagination and a good serve of James Hardie products have taken this home from boring brick to American dream.

Hamptons inspiration starts here

Channelling American East Coast style was key to turning a dull house into one family's dream home. “We wanted to capture the coastal glamour, openness and indoor-outdoor lifestyle of the Hamptons,” says homeowner Catherine. Considering a home makeover? Take note of these key features to instantly achieving an elegantly succinct Hamptons home.

Upstairs, downstairs

The dated brick exterior was rendered and painted a contemporary grey, but the second storey extension is what gives the home that chic Hamptons look. The elegant addition was made easier with the use of premium fibre cement LineaTM weatherboards; as it is lighter than brick, it allows for upward extensions without the cost of structural support for masonry. Contrast was created with an abundance of white trim, including on window frames edged with James Hardie's AxentTM trims.

A dated brick exterior of an older style home.

Built to last

The family needed their materials to be practical. “In the Hamptons they use timber weatherboards or shingles that grey and deteriorate. We wanted weatherboards that are more durable for the Aussie elements,” says builder Damien Mitchell of DF Hoult Constructions. “The Linea weatherboards give us that same textured shadow-line look we wanted, plus they are lower maintenance than traditional materials, so less work for us in the long run.” Linea weatherboards are also resistant to damage from termites, fire and moisture.

Great outdoors

A strong connection with the outdoors is a key element of both Hamptons and Australian style. Doubling the size of the existing rear balcony, the deck has been cantilevered out beyond the roof of the basement garage. Floored in HardieDeckTM, this has created room for an outdoor kitchen area and full living and dining set up. HardieDeck also helps to create continuity between the interior and exterior by mimicking the flooring in the indoor living area.

Heads up

The beautiful vaulted ceiling is lined in HardieGrooveTM. “The covered outdoor room is a must to make the Hamptons look work under our harsh summer sun. It also created an opportunity to add more of the layered detail you see in New York holiday homes,” says Catherine. “We love the finished home. It's part Hamptons, part Australian, but most importantly it's all ours.”

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.