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The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

5 Hamptons style trends to be on top of in 2018

With our relaxed way of living it's no wonder that the Hamptons style is becoming one of the most requested and sought after designs in building and renovating

Let's take a look at the top 5 trends for 2018

1. Mixing traditional weatherboard cladding with other materials

We're seeing exteriors that comprise a mix of materials and textures to give the classic Hamptons style a warmer and more tactile look. Mixing strong architectural elements such as stone, render, steel and weatherboard cladding gives these designs a new edge.  Exterior designs are being altered to suit both coastal, metro and bush settings while still being classic in style.


Scyon Linea and limestone are mixed giving this house a beachy but modern look. 
 Image via Kyle &  Kara

This home by Oswald Homes features a mix of render, stone, cladding and tiled roof



Our own home features render and weatherboard cladding



2. Choosing durable products to suit our Australian climate

Australia's climate requires you to think carefully about materials when building and designing your new Hamptons style home. For example, Sycon Linea weatherboard provides the look of classic timber weatherboard, but unlike timber, Scyon Linea is resistant to damage from termites and bushfires, and won't swell or crack.

Sycon Linea is a low maintenance exterior option while giving the traditional look of a weatherboard home.

Love the weatherboard look?  Learn more about Sycon Linea HERE


Scyon Linea used in this gorgeous alfresco area.

Scyon Linea in a deeper hue gives it a more modern look



3. Hamptons Refresh

The Hamptons style is trending a sophisticated new edge this year with colour palettes shifting to moody blues and blacks paired with white walls. Textures such as marble, steel and handmade tiles feature giving this style a fresh and modern approach.


Featured in House & Garden Magazine  




4. Contemporary twist

Australian design is modernising the Hamptons style trend to suit a more and relaxed and modern lifestyle. Builders are adding a contemporary twist on the traditional Hamptons style. While still classic in design we are seeing a more modern take on this traditional style with cleaner lines with homes being built to suit smaller block sizes.


Images via Pinterest




5.  Outdoor living spaces

Aussies love an outdoor summer - think eating outside on balmy summer days and if you're lucky enough, swimming on a hot day. Adding a fabulous alfresco area landscaped with lush greenery and the all important BBQ within your Hamptons design is certainly a trend that is here to stay.



Sycon Linea frames the outdoor BBQ area of this Hamptons home

Images via Pinterest

Inspired by the latest Hamptons trends? Visit Scyon Walls to start designing your dream Hamptons home.











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Our house Featured - Homes to Love

Its still a thrill to see our home being featured on the web

Our homes story has been featured over on the Homes to Love site which you can view HERE


It has also been featured in an article called '10 Classic Hampton style kitchens'  along with some other great company. You can view the article HERE


In other news we are finally on track to finish our second driveway with gravel, retaining wall and new steps. Hoping to get this finished prior to Christmas but I don't like my chances! Our new garage will look so much better once this has all been completed. Our gardens are starting to take off being its 3rd year - our climbing roses have looked amazing!




Exterior Colours

I get asked almost on a daily basis what colour we have used for our render exterior so I thought I quick blog post would be helpful to everyone

We used the services of Angie from Stylish Livable Places to help us decide on our exterior colour scheme. Angie was fabulous to work with and I can honestly say was one of the best things we did over the process of building

Keep in mind that our house is very long and we have used quite a few different elements such as render, weatherboards, thick posts etc with lots of white to break it up so these colours used may not look as fabulous if you have a more modern home or fully rendered etc  Also keep in mind of the way the light flows over your house as this render can look alot darker at different times of the day. Its always best to have a few samples first or better yet hire a colour consultant as they will suggest colours that will suit best for your particular home.





Exterior Colours


RENDER - Dulux Mangaweka - appears quite dark but once painted and with different light this choice was perfect


Roof    - Colourbond Shale Grey
Facia    - Colourbond Surfmist
Veranda posts, garage and weatherboards - Colourbond Surfmist
Windows - Dulux Vivid White
Eves - Mount Aspiring

Entrance and studio door - Black Cavier