Hamp­tons style with a twist

It may look like a traditional Hamp­tons-style home from the street but in­side, lux­ury fea­tures are pep­pered through­out giv­ing it a sense of el­e­gance

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS JES­SICA BROWN

HAMP­TONS-style homes have be­come all the rage in re­cent years but this one is un­like any other.

It has a coastal theme through­out but lux­ury fea­tures, in­clud­ing state­ment mirrors and light fix­tures, give it a classy el­e­gance.

Its blue and white ex­te­rior with a dark-grey roof also makes it stand out among the sea of white and beige prop­er­ties that sur­round it.

This is ex­actly what ven­dors Natasha and Matthew Black hoped for when de­sign­ing and build­ing the home at Surfers Par­adise’s Budds Beach.

They wasted no time knock­ing down the house that orig­i­nally stood on the 567sq m block to make way for their dream home.

As an in­te­rior de­signer and ar­chi­tect, the cou­ple had a clear vi­sion of what they wanted.

“Ev­ery­one is do­ing Hamp­tons so we wanted to put our own spin on it,” Mrs Black said.

“When we were build­ing it, we had no bud­get to fol­low so we pretty much just put ev­ery­thing we wanted into it.

“Peo­ple were stop­ping and ask­ing about it, whether it was for sale and what we would take.”

They drew in­spi­ra­tion from mul­ti­ple Hamp­ton-style homes they toured in the US but made an ef­fort to stay true to their Aus­tralian roots.

“Over there, they use a lot of brown so we put more cooler colours in to suit be­ing so close to the ocean,” Mrs Black said.

“We re­ally did put a lot of at­ten­tion into the de­tail.”

They had been liv­ing in the six-bed­room, four-bath­room home six months when an op­por­tu­nity to move over­seas with their two young chil­dren came up.

Mrs Black said it would be hard to let go of the home but they were glad they got the chance to build it.

“We’re about to go over­seas other­wise we wouldn’t be sell­ing be­cause we just love it so much,” she said.

The curved stair­case was Mr Black’s favourite part of the home while Mrs Black liked the pool and din­ing room with 3.2m ta­ble.

“I put 10 seats on it but you can eas­ily seat 14 peo­ple at it,” she said.

“We often would have peo­ple around for din­ner par­ties.”

Above all else, Mrs Black said the lo­ca­tion was one of the best parts of the home.

Orig­i­nally from the Sun­shine Coast, they dis­cov­ered Budds Beach while on hol­i­day and “loved it” be­cause it was right next to the hus­tle and bus­tle of Surfers Par­adise but quiet.

“For peo­ple that don’t live on the Gold Coast, it’s one of those ar­eas you prob­a­bly wouldn’t drive into – you’d prob­a­bly just drive past it and not even know it was there,” Mrs Black said.

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