The hunt was on, and there is nothing more fun than dragging toddlers through display homes for hours/days/weeks. We were looking for an Hamptons / Farmhouse style. We didn’t want open plan, which made our job even harder.
This WA Country Builders Karri Creek Design was our first stop and we fell in love the farmhouse style. I loved the addition of the weatherboard, and the stone fireplace.
This Rural Building Co Marri View display home was also a beautiful design. Too open and lofty for us, but very representative of the Rural Building style. It was beautiful.
We also loved the look of these exteriors. Top left is WA Country Builders Lamont Design. Top right is Summit Homes Orchard Design. Bottom is Plunkett New Hampton Design.
The Plunkett New Hampton interior is a gorgeous mix of hamptons and industrial farmhouse. The base colour palette is typically simple, with pops of colour and wow-feature lighting. The addition of the recessed ceilings to separate the living spaces looked brilliant – as did the fireplace. We loved everything about this home, except for the open plan. It looked beautiful but we didn’t find it would function perfectly for us.
E v e n t u a l l y we found our absolute favourite design in the Plunkett North Hampton Design. This house is everything we were looking for. The design is perfect. We’ve lived in a few rentals now and ‘road-tested’ a variety of living spaces. Open plan doesn’t work for us, so this concept of separated living spaces blew our mind. As you can see from the pictures – the kitchen, sitting/dining, and theatre surround the sunken alfresco area. Therefore all spaces can be opened up if we want, or they can function as separate rooms. Most important is that whatever is happening in the kitchen won’t directly impact/annoy the watching of tv in the theatre room, or chillaxing by the fire in the sitting room. And the options to eat inside or outside are both easily accessible.
Now I have to mention the kitchen. The heart of every home. This kitchen grabbed my heart. I know it’s just a design etc. But the subway tiles, the marble island, the settler/shaker profile (had no idea what it was at first), the layout, design, just WOW. The wine rack was also a very unique and stylish design element. And I can’t not mention the scullery / butlers pantry. What’s the difference again? Butlers pantry’s have a sink? Vice versa? Whatever… It’s brilliant! A place to hide the mess? Yes please!! Toppathalist!
The sitting room with huge bookcase AND fireplace?! You had me at bookcase! It did come with a warning though regarding the price tag… but IKEA might be able to hook me up!!?! And speaking of price tags (cough) fireplace (cough). What a whopper of an addition though? I mean, who wants a farmhouse without a place to warm your bones after feeding the pigs in the freezing cold?? Anyone? Didn’t think so!
So?! Design found, whoop! Love, happy, kids relieved… everyone relieved actually. Especially since we’d driven over 2 hours to this display home… twice already. We had to double-check that we loved it, of course. And there just wasn’t anything even close to similar in design or style. So we got the graph paper out and started working out how to transform this perfect design into the double home that we wanted.