Wel­come to Hamp­tons hap­pi­ness

A 1960s cot­tage is vir­tu­ally un­recog­nis­able, re-emerg­ing as a clas­sic fam­ily home, writes

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FOCUS -

It was good­bye cramped quar­ters and hello Hamp­tons haven when the own­ers of this home in Syd­ney’s leafy north­ern sub­urbs wanted a change. The fam­ily of four, which in­cludes two young boys, had been liv­ing in their brick ve­neer Tur­ra­murra house for some time but wanted more room to move, along with a fresh new Hamp­tons look.

Hav­ing seen the work of builders Se­lect Con­struc­tion at a house nearby, they en­trusted the project to them.

“It was an orig­i­nal ’60s yel­low brick, sin­gle­storey home in Tur­ra­murra with a de­tached garage,” builder Daniel Over­ton of Se­lect Con­struc­tion says. “It was only a three-bed­der with one bath­room at that time.

“It was a bit poky and there were sev­eral walls be­tween the liv­ing room and kitchen.”

The block it­self was flat with a north­east­fac­ing rear and good site ac­cess for the builders. The own­ers had plans for the ren­o­va­tion drawn up by Belinda Dale of Dale De­sign Group and they in­cluded a new fa­cade to re­place the dated exterior, a down­stairs ex­ten­sion and a whole new level up­stairs.

“The main ob­ject was for more liv­ing space and to mod­ernise the home,” Daniel says.

“They wanted to have the garage at­tached, as well as do a full ren­o­va­tion.

“We ba­si­cally trans­formed the home so it was open-plan down­stairs. We gave them an en­ter­tain­ment area, in­ter­nal ac­cess for the garage and we re­ally mod­ernised it and gave it a Hamp­tons-style fin­ish.”

Rain, rain go away

The builders got started but the one el­e­ment they couldn’t con­trol was the weather.

When seven weeks of rain hit last year it had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact.

De­spite the best ef­forts of the builders to cover

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