This week saw us choosing the less glamorous things such as fencing and windows. In the first few weeks you'll remember that we opened up our kitchen and living room space that was separated by a wall with only one small door and a little arch window between the two rooms.
Did you miss last week's blog? My Hamptons Style Renovation
Also the only access to the backyard was through the living space. The kitchen and dining room felt dark and enclosed, this wall blocked natural light and in order to create the ultimate Hampton style kitchen/living room space we had to remove it. The wall removal was the only non-negotiable as the entire look & feel of the renovation hinged on opening up the space. Once removed the space instantly felt lighter and brighter but the garden was a disaster!
So with our freshly painted interior, engineered wood floors the space was starting to look more like I imagined but we still had the horrible brown window frames and concrete jungle the the real estate agent had the cheek to call a garden!
We had a couple of Landscapers around to look at the garden but again I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted. It would need to be functional, we needed a large alfresco for entertaining, also a large grassed area was a must, after-all the reason we moved from The Little House on Jackson was to give Henry some more running around space. In the end we chose to work with James Hawkins Landscapes, they helped choosing ornamental pear trees, artificial lawn, paving and reticulation.
We chose a inexpensive engineered limestone paver from Freo Stone for the alfresco area. It wanted it to be bright and simple in it's design. Having a neutral colour stone to work with means I have a blank canvas when it comes to adding my Hampton Style dining table, dining chairs, outdoor rugs and cushions.
This week also saw the installation of our new windows. This was another compromise, we really wanted double glazing but knew because it's so new to Australia that they don't offer the more "Hampton's Look" for their frames. So we chose very paired back minimalist looking window frames in white from Duo Glass, with very few openings, meaning less fixtures & fixings so that the windows just disappear and are not a feature in the main living space.
I'm so pleased with the final results...
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