Hamptons Modern: an iconic Hamptons style design

Hamptons Modern: an iconic Hamptons style design


This American Hamptons style home is the perfect example of contemporary, luxury-style living

On a recent fact-finding trip to the Hamptons as a guest of Scyon Walls, I discovered a beautiful home that epitomises the Hamptons look, with a contemporary edge.

Scyon Walls arranged for our media and building industry groups to visit several homes in the area, to demonstrate the use of Scyon Linea board and how it can be adapted for Australian conditions. To provide some background and history of the area, we were accompanied by local historian and architect, Gary Lawrence whose book ‘Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 (Architecture of Leisure)’ looks at the settlement and development of the location by well-heeled New Yorkers, fleeing the heat of the city during the summer season. Additionally, Natalee Bowen from Inda Island in Perth – arguably Australia’s queen of the Hamptons style – showed us how to ‘do’ the Hamptons look, Australian style.

As most Hamptons homes are privately owned, and privacy is jealously guarded, gaining access was not possible. We had to be content to view them from the street, craning over high hedges or fences for a better view. However, one Southampton builder’s spec’ house was open for viewing and it was there we met with Andre Tchelistcheff, architect to the rich and famous of America. While Andre didn’t design this home, he did provide great insight into both its design and construction, and shared with us details of several projects he created for many celebrities and high net worth clients in the area.

The look of this home appeals to me more than the, somewhat cliched, Hamptons style we’ve become accustomed to in Australia. And while some may see the Hamptons look as too traditional for the Australian environment, with some adjustments for local climate and environment, I believe it can work.

The most notable characteristics of the classic Hamptons house are the use of shingles and horizontal weatherboards, such as Sycon Linea, and decorative mouldings. Internally elements like wall panelling, open balustrades, large skirtings and decorative cornice are used; not elements usually found in contemporary Australian design.

At the time of writing, for a cool $16 million US dollars this lovely home could be yours! Created by a local Southampton builder, it is designed for relaxed, yet sophisticated family living. Facilities are numerous and include an outdoor entertaining area with stunning heated pool, cabana and outdoor kitchen, wine cellar, home theatre, gym, gourmet kitchen, eight bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, plus plenty of lounging and dining space. The master bedroom suite features his and hers bathing and dressing rooms and enough space for relaxing at any time of the day.

Set on .92 acres the exterior is pure Hamptons with traditional features of white-painted shingles, a look that can be achieved with Scyon wall boards. Southwestern sun exposure is perfect for the northern hemisphere and the spacious and light-filled gourmet eat-in kitchen. The great room features a wood burning fire and opens out to the fabulously landscaped gardens and entertaining areas.

The mostly black, grey and white palette creates a contemporary feel to the interiors. Unlike the traditional blue and white often associated with this style, this scheme feels more modern and chic. The black Japan flooring, black hinges and hardware give the Hamptons style a kick into the 21st Century while reflecting the traditional features that people who love this style look for.

Just 40 minutes by seaplane from the Hudson River in New York, with proximity to Southampton village, world class beaches, shopping and dining, this elegant residence certainly offers the discerning homeowner a year-round luxury lifestyle.

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