Australians right around the country have taken to Hamptons architecture with great fervour — and why wouldn’t they? Hamptons-style homes have a timeless elegance and attention to detail similar to that of Australia’s own character-filled traditional Queenslander, Victorian and Colonial homes.
In designing and building their new Hamptons display home, the guiding mantra for the team at Garth Chapman Queenslanders was to craft a striking home that faithfully represented an authentic piece of traditional architecture.
“The home’s external appeal is undeniable with its multiple gables, eave brackets and Scyon Linea cladding; also the front and rear timber verandahs that draw all the elements together,” says Stephen Havas, Director of Garth Chapman Queenslanders. “Then there’s the dark-grey painted timber entry door, surrounded by white joinery and trims, which provides a tantalising taste of the wonders to be encountered once you step over the threshold.”
Your journey begins with the wide entry hall which features polished American oak timber flooring, stained in a walnut colour, and wainscot timber wall trims which show off the carpentry skills of the team. Then, as you look up, you spy the specially designed Hamptons arch detail, inset beautifully within the setting of a 3m-high ceiling.
“As you move through the home your eye is constantly being drawn in multiple directions as you try and take in all the exquisite details, the colour scheme and the exquisite interior styling,” says Stephen. “This is a home with myriad special features and the stairwell — a striking masterpiece that would sit well in any luxury Hamptons home — is one. There’s also the expansive living, dining and kitchen spaces that are embraced by the external verandah in quintessential Queenslander style.”
Another endearing design feature is the window seat in the dining room. This is flanked by custom-built bookshelves and wall lights, making it a place that draws you in and entices you to linger, whether it’s to read a book or just sit and daydream. How the kitchen interacts with the living spaces and connects with the laundry and garage is also worthy of note and is a key element to be found in all Garth Chapman Queenslanders’ homes. Ensuring liveability and functionality is always of prime importance.
The kitchen is a gourmet cook’s dream, with Caesarstone benchtops, two-pack painted Polytec cabinetry doors and Miele appliances, including a double oven. There’s also a butler’s pantry and scullery area that provides all the storage space a large modern family could need.
“Upstairs, the four bedrooms are intelligently separated to provide privacy for the inhabitants and there is a TV/games room where the children can do their own thing,” says Stephen. “The main bedroom, with its walk-in robe, snug and ensuite, is a parents’ oasis and the high standard of finishes is indicative of the quality and luxury to be found throughout the home, just as you would expect from a home of this calibre.”
This sophisticated display home, located in the northern Brisbane suburb of Kedron, is indicative of Garth Chapman Queenslanders’ expertise in taking the key elements of the Hamptons architectural style and incorporating them into Australian homes that won’t break the budget.
“Our experience in these unique homes comes from decades of authentically crafting new Queenslander homes,” says Stephen. “In collaboration with our clients we have, over many years, integrated Hamptons styling to varying degrees into many of our Queenslanders.
“The expert team at Garth Chapman Queenslanders has an obsession for excellent design and the construction of beautiful, character-filled homes through careful craftsmanship and attention to detail,” he adds. “Everything we do is directed by this dedication and our commitment to sharing this passion with like-minded clients.”