If you thought you knew what a country homestead looked like, then prepare to be surprised by our fresh new display home, the Pickering Brook.
We’ve infused this generous 4x2 with all the glamour and luxury of the Hamptons, yet it still looks remarkably like a time-honoured farmhouse retreat.
We’re calling it “classic homestead design with a difference” and we think it demonstrates just how good we are at mixing up our design styles.
The added bonus is that the Pickering Brook is tailor-made for a standard corner block, so you don’t have to worry about finding rural acreage or a hobby farm.
Unless you want to, of course.
Dave Clynk, our design boss, is the first to say homebuyers deserve options – wherever they’re looking to build.
“There’s nothing to say that a homestead has to stick to traditional country style or classic Australiana,” Dave says. “The Pickering Brook proves that a big country home can be the perfect match for the Hamptons trend.”
Here are 5 reasons why we think our latest pairing works so well:
1. Elevation: Using the long side of a standard corner block as the front has given us a lovely, sweeping front façade, with twin gables, weatherboards and a fabulous wrap-around veranda typical of the ever-popular homestead. The Hamptons-inspired colour palette is soft and understated, with lots of fresh white.
2. Layout: The free-flowing floor plan delivers more than 310sqm of accommodation arranged in a classic homestead layout. As with many homestead designs, the front door is positioned in the middle of the front elevation, with thoughtfully zoned areas to each side of the hallway. It’s a layout that works well for a variety of buyers, including growing families.
3. Style: We’ve combined the homestead-inspired layout with an elegant Hamptons vibe. Features include a Shaker-style kitchen, beautiful timber flooring, recessed ceilings, built-in cabinets in the sitting room, lots and lots of white, and not one, but two fireplaces. The Hamptons design trend is still popular, but there’s nothing to say you couldn’t switch to classic country styling or give your interiors a contemporary edge.
4. Ideas: We’ve put a new spin on some regular features, such as the built-in dining table that’s large enough to comfortably sit eight people. The table is a bigger version of the nearby kitchen island bench, creating a flexible set-up for families who love to entertain. With the dining room doors opening up to the alfresco and the kitchen flowing through to the living room, there are plenty of options for get-togethers indoors and out. Extending the kitchen benchtop into the dining room has created a study nook that could also be set up as a bar.
5. Open-plan: We’ve done open-plan living a little differently in the Pickering Brook. The spaces flow together nicely, but the fireplace wall gives the lounge a sense of separation from the kitchen. The result? Comfortable everyday living areas that all work together seamlessly, but still feel independent as and when the need arises.