HAMPTON HOUSE BRISBANE
Hampton style / Cape Cod / Coastal living or just creating an inviting comfortable home to live in?
What ever the type of home you own, at Baastudio we can help you create a relaxing home that will bring you a place to enjoy when you come home from a hard day at work.
With the increasing popularity of Hampton Architecture this has resulted in the growing interest in elegant yet simplistic living.
Our recently completed job is an existing Queenslander which was rundown, cold + overwhelmed the clients with maintenance. The house was stripped back to its bear studs and re- designed in a way that has converted it into large areas of light, open airy spaces, nooks, inviting spaces + colours which transform this home into a truly inviting house to live in.
This 1880s Brisbane Queenslander, it was in need of some serious attention. It was a dark cold and in need of renovations, typical to the many Queenslanders from this area ‘There’s a lot to love about a Queenslander, but the design is essentially flawed,’ says Claus Ejlertsen of BAAHOUSE + BAASTUDIO ‘The instantly recognisable elements of the wraparound verandahs and elevation on stilts are actually inefficient for airflow.
‘The rooms are closed off and dark, and the corrugated roofs and thin timber walls are poor insulators,’ he says.
The facade of a Queenslander house is heritage listed, but clever architecture will keep the character intact while upgrading for today’s requirements.
With this property, the sloping block meant there was no street appeal. So the landscaping at the front was tackled first to create a level platform
for it to sit on, with the elevation now only visible from the back.
The feature that had the biggest impact overall was the roof. ‘It was obvious something elegant and effective had to be done with the roof. As it’s visible from the street, it was a dominating feature,’ says Claus.
‘We were probably one of the first in Brisbane to use shingles. This American bitumen product is used widely in Cape Cod and Hamptons style architecture, and from that decision, the direction we were going to take became clear.’
Flipping the floorplan
Referencing the elevation of the old Queenslander, the main living and dining areas and kitchen are upstairs. While most renovations put living areas at ground level with the bedrooms above, working around the limitations of the plot came to the most successful resolution in Hayley’s house.
‘There were a couple of issues here. The first was the slope from front to back, resulting in a meagre yard. It was dark downstairs with flat 2.7m ceilings, making it impossible to get that vaulted space we wanted to create,’ says Claus.
Off the hallway is a dining room and library, with the master bedroom to the left. The living areas and kitchen form the rest of the space.
The original living area was small and the verandah took up a lot of the house’s footprint, so the deck was integrated into the living space with
sliding doors to create an expansive space.
An Open Air void provides a covered link between the lower and upper levels and houses the timber sliding doors on the deck when they are open.
Windows are a feature of this renovation and the original single casements were changed to double hung style to allow in more light. In the Bedrooms, extra insulation is achieved with thick carpeting and converting the existing single skins walls to double skin, with insulation batts in between.
In the main bathroom, the use of materials is simple and the focus is on the detail and the finishes. Using reflective surfaces such as large mirrors and glossy stone creates light and depth and adds to the feeling of luxury, says Claus
Alot of the success of a bathroom is in the layout, and its always worth rearranging it if its not working. But in this case, we worked with the existing room and windows
Flowing off from the living area, the kitchen is the showpiece of the house. Claiming over 6.5 by 5m of floorspace, every detail was carefully planned.
‘We spent months getting the cabinetry design right, as it’s such an important feature of this look. ‘It was all custom-made, and the style is constant throughout the house, with the detailed panelling and shell drawer handles. It extends up to picture rail height, with a mix of solid and glass-panelled doors,’ says Claus.
‘The original picture rail was retained and bulkheads built around the cabinetry for the continuity, which is really effective,’ he says.
‘The three pendants are a classic addition and, overall, while very detailed, the finish isn’t fussy. This is key to achieving the Hamptons style.’
The downstairs was turned into a space for the couple’s two sons. They each have a large bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite.
There’s also a mud room, another traditional American feature, where they can take off dirty shoes and keep equipment, as well as a rumpus room,
which provides a casual space. The original sloping backyard was only 6m to the boundary fence, so it was completely levelled and a swimming pool installed, opening up the space and purpose. ‘In a way, we have created two backyards in doing this. A useable area for the kids and their friends, with the deck above where the parents can relax and watch over them,’ says Claus.
A high vaulted void links the two floors, and rather than being a dead space, tall louvres, crisp white paint and pendant lighting make it a highly
functional and pleasant addition.
The original backyard was a sloping site, and measured only 6m to the boundary fence, so it was levelled and a swimming pool installed, opening up the space and giving it purpose. In a way, we have created two backyards in doing this. A usable area for the kids and their friends, with the deck above where the adults can relax and watch over them, Says Claus. Tall louvres, crisp white paint and pendant lighting make the high vaulted void joining the two levels a pleasant and functional addition, rather than it being just a dead space.
A common feature of the Queenslander is the carport at the front. The purpose was purely practical and not aesthetic, open on two sides and made of
utilitarian timber battens. ‘The problem with a carport right in front of the house is that it tends to take over, or dictate the style of the property,’ says Claus.
‘To retain the function and provide parking, the only way to enhance and integrate what was essentially an ugly addition, was to turn it into a cottage.
‘Whatever we did with the house we replicated on the carport. This actually makes it disappear and the house remains the standout feature.’
‘When you walk round this house, you don’t feel like there’s been a huge renovation. It feels complementary and natural, and that I think is a great
indication of success,’ he says. ‘It’s a true enhancement of what was already built, which is about configuring the rooms in the right positions, creating comfortable spaces to live in and maximising views.’
So what are the key elements in converting your existing home into a stunning Hampton style home?
1) Creating Fabulous Outdoor spaces. Your external space should be as well designed
as your interior space and connect the spaces together.
2) Natural and Artificial lighting/large windows / shutters.
3) Inviting spaces
4) Floors, walls + ceilings
5) Interior detail
6) Homely features, Furniture, Accessories,
7) Cabinet details, lighting details, plumbing details