a Hamp­tons dream come true

WENDY AND RICHARD USED LINEA™ WEATHERBOARDS TO RE­ALISE THEIR VI­SION FOR A HAMP­TONS-IN­SPIRED HOME IN THE PIC­TURESQUE NSW SOUTH­ERN HIGH­LANDS.

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Seek­ing a tree change and hav­ing fallen in love with the dis­tinct sea­sons of the NSW South­ern High­lands, Wendy and Richard set about build­ing the house they’d al­ways wanted: an el­e­gant Hamp­tons home with a farm­house flavour.

“I’ve long been a huge fan of Hamp­tons style,” says Wendy. “In fact, I grew up lov­ing this look.” With a lo­cal builder se­cured and house plans sourced from the US, the cou­ple were quick to de­cide on farm­house-style bay win­dows and a tim­ber-look ex­te­rior.

They utilised Linea™ Weatherboards from James Hardie’s Scyon range, opt­ing for a clas­sic 150mm pro­file. “Weatherboards are an in­trin­sic part of the Hamp­tons look. We had a tim­ber ex­te­rior on our pre­vi­ous home and said we’d never go with tim­ber again be­cause of the cost and up­keep,” says Wendy. What makes Linea Weatherboards dif­fer­ent is that they’re con­structed from durable fi­bre ce­ment. They of­fer all the charm of weatherboards with­out the main­te­nance of tra­di­tional tim­ber. Plus, they’re bush­fire re­sis­tant with a BAL rat­ing up to 40, ter­mite re­sis­tant and ther­mally ef­fi­cient.

Linea Weatherboards have been used right across the home’s ex­te­rior (in­clud­ing on the garage and cupola). Richard and Wendy’s vi­sion is com­plete: their fam­ily of four now gets to call a dou­ble-storey Hamp­tons mas­ter­piece their home. As well as its five bed­rooms, four bath­rooms and gen­er­ous kitchen, the house fea­tures a sig­na­ture ‘High­land Room’ (a nod to Richard’s Scot­tish her­itage). “The High­land Room is re­ally quite spe­cial,” says Wendy. “We love its high raked ceil­ings, traver­tine floors and brick fire­place.”

“Our style is part clas­sic Hamp­tons, part mod­ern farm­house,” says Wendy. “It’s a com­bi­na­tion that re­ally suits our lo­ca­tion in the South­ern High­lands.”

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