From ho-hum to Hamptons harmony

Comprehensive renovation transforms an unassuming single-level house into a grand two storey home in the appealing Hamptons style

Renovation by Anna Klimova, Studio Urbo

From the building designer:

The owners dreamed of having a family home in Hampton style.

They bought a single-storey house in Rodd Point – a great location close to the city with plenty of parks and amenities.

The homeowners' brief was to extend the house, build the first floor and add a lap swimming pool. 

They wanted plenty of space for their extended family entertainment and asked us to accommodate four bedrooms, a game room, a spacious kitchen and living area, a study room and two bathrooms. 

One owner went through many magazines, collected images of houses she liked and included them in the brief, too.

The block of land was 381m². 

We could not extend the original house further and accommodate a swimming pool so settled on the idea to reuse the existing fabric as much as possible. 

We decided to preserve two bedrooms and the front bathroom. 

The owners agreed to demolish the run-down garage and replace it with a single garage and a space for a dirt bike or a workshop. 

We proposed a second roller shutter door for the separate bike access.

The kitchen on the ground floor was the main focus of the house design. 

It was the most important element for the owners, and we spent much time discussing the kitchen layout. 

The laundry is behind the kitchen with a swimming pool view. 

We proposed the dining area to be well connected with the alfresco, including direct access to the swimming pool.

On the first floor, we accommodated a spacious family room, an extensive study, a master bedroom with a walk-in robe and two smaller bedrooms. 

The owners did not want an ensuite next to the main bedroom – instead, they requested a spacious wardrobe and an oversized shared bathroom with a double basin.

It was a pleasure to design joinery and select finishes for this house – Hampton style demands accurate detailing. 

The joinery company, Wonderful Kitchen, was excellent. 

One owner actively participated in the design process. 

She has an exquisite taste and sense of style and significantly contributed to interior design decisions.

Selecting timber windows and doors added a lot of character to the house and contributed to energy efficiency. 

We chose a 2000L water tank from Thin Tanks – they make elegantly designed space-saving products.

This was an extensive makeover of the original house. 

As a result, the owners got a spacious, airy place filled with light. 

Post renovation, the home is comfortable and functional and ideally suits a modern family with two young kids. 

Credit list

Renovating building designer
Kitchen designer
Studio Urbo
Interior designer
Studio Urbo
Pool design / installer
Studio Urbo; Aquatic Blue Pools
Main flooring / bedroom flooring
Engineered timber – Resistance Oak, by Abbey Timber
Terrace White, Lexicon Half, by Dulux
Feature lighting fixtures
Magins Lighting
Kitchen furniture
English Hardware
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Buildscope Projects
Kitchen manufacturer
Wonderful Kitchens
Studio Urbo; Buildscope Projects
Classic Smooth Weatherboards, by Weathertex
Window/door joinery
Timber windows, by Cedar West Windows
Bathroom tiles
Classic Ceramics
General heating
Ducted air conditioning
Living area furniture; dining table/chairs
Coco Republic
Window coverings
Mitchell Design

Designed by: Anna Klimova, Studio Urbo

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Paul Worsley

08 Oct, 2023

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