You’ve decided to embark on the exciting journey of creating your dream Hamptons-style home – but is a new build or renovation right for you?
The answer depends on a number of factors, including your budget, current home and the precise look you are hoping to achieve.
Maybe you’re looking to create a complete Hamptons home with a gorgeous pool-equipped outdoor space, light-filled living areas and classic verandah. Alternatively, maybe you’re happy with a nautical colour palette, natural materials and shaker-style kitchen cabinets to add that touch of iconic Hamptons flair to your home.
At Hampton Homes Australia, our vision is all about achieving a home that embodies resort style living and a relaxed lifestyle. To find out which option is right for you, let’s explore the benefits of renovation versus building new.
When building new, the sky’s the limit
Depending on how ambitious your vision is, building new could give you a lot more room for creativity. Certain features are extremely difficult – or even impossible – to change in an existing home, such as adding high ceilings or spacious outdoor areas.
A classic Hamptons-style home is all about creating light, airy spaces and open-plan living that flows seamlessly between indoor and out. If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of space to work with, a renovation could be right for you – update your interiors with natural materials (wicker furniture, timber flooring, and a jute rug are a good start), add a window seat, and incorporate some stylish outdoor seating, and you’ll be well on your way to a Hamptons-style home.
However, starting from scratch will allow you to be far bolder with your choices. From sweeping verandahs to a walk-in robe and open-plan, shaker-style kitchen, the sky is the limit when you build new.
Consider your budget
Whether a renovation or new build is more cost effective depends largely on the scale of your project. If you’re simply looking to incorporate some Hamptons-style features, a renovation could be preferable. Adding a verandah, updating the kitchen cabinets or adding intricate wainscoting along the hallways and staircases are all achievable alterations to make to your existing home.
If you’re considering major structural changes or refreshing the façade of your home with iconic Hamptons cladding, it could be more practical to opt for a new build. However, changing an existing home is often more expensive than starting fresh – so keep that in mind when making your plans.
Do you love where you live?
From considerate neighbours to that friendly coffee shop round the corner and the perfect location right nearby the kids’ school – some things you just can’t build into a new home. If you’re attached to the area you live in, a renovation could be the right answer for you.
Just keep in mind that you’ll need to be realistic – some major changes may not be possible if you decide to renovate. Also, nothing goes together better than a Hamptons-style home and a coastal location!
Is a renovation practical?
When you decide to build your dream house from scratch, you can often stay in your current home while construction takes place. If you renovate, however, you’ll need to come up with a solution for where to stay while your home is being overhauled.
Depending on the scale of the work, you may be able to remain in the home – but make sure you check with your builder first. You may need to reach out to friends or family for a temporary place to live or add the cost of a short-term rental into your budget.
At Hampton Homes Australia, we’re experts at incorporating the unique design methods that make up a Hamptons home into your new build or renovation.