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