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Goodbye Tired Old Laundry. Hello Classy Domestic “Command Centre.”

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Take an original, fatigued, water-logged laundry in Sydney’s Hills area and receive the new mandate:

“Gut the laundry internals back to brickwork, I want a decent counter bench space because we basically wash every day, tuck away the front load washing machine (7.0kg) to make it neat.”

“Primarily I want a brand new “Domestic Command Centre” for doing laundry plus capable storage for all the cleaning products and I want some open shelves so the wife has a spot for her new digital radio.”

“And I don’t want the typical laundry cabinetry. I want better quality than that. I want kitchen cabinetry used so it takes the wear and tear, and lasts longer. I want a nice flick-mixer and a nice splashback!”

“And while you’re at it, can you drop in an extra toilet into the laundry? It would be super-handy!”

The client’s love of all things coffee inspired the latte-coloured doors, coffee bean-coloured splashback, and cream bench-top with contrasting black Italian non-slip tiles.

An additional double power-point was installed into the splashback for ease of appliance use. In all, a new inspired space for the client to work in yet totally enjoy!

Want some ideas to upgrade your laundry space? Call Michael Hunnam for a chat on 0416 621 945

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Escape To The Hamptons Beach Lifestyle Without Leaving Home | Part Two

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The previous article provided an overview of renovating residential homes in Australia appropriating the USA East Coast coastal style known as “Hamptons living.”

Hamptons is the name given for the relaxed breezy living typified by the holidaying well-to-do in Long Island, NY and made famous by the film “Something’s Gotta Give” starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

It was Diane Keaton’s character Erica Barry’s home in the Hamptons that gave Hollywood spotlight and widespread acclaim for the styling.

In Australia, this often means trading “dark & dingy” for “light & breezy” as the Hamptons style typifies a classic beachside palette with purposeful dark touches and indirect natural lighting. Think light, airy, coastal and practical!

At Kirribilli Homes we have often mused about being “the wall removal specialists” with recent renovation projects in West Pennant Hills, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills in Sydney’s beautiful Hills Districts.

These projects employed the use of structural steel welded on site as directed by our own qualified local Structural Engineer, girding up for greater weight bearing loads and enabling removal of walls to gain free flow of living areas and for raked ceilings to be installed.
The Hamptons style combines open living with classic decorating and rustic influences. In this second article we wanted to help you “get your head around” the rising popularity of Hamptons styling, so here’s …


The Hamptons Style Elements List:

Walls removed to gain generously spatial and sociable living areas.

Ceilings raised or raked to attain airy spaces.

Windows enlarged or added to optimize natural light.

Interiors are styled with a neutral canvass. Paint colours for the Hamptons wall choices may include:

  • Dulux Natural White
  • Dulux Chalk USA
  • Dulux White Exchange Half
  • Dulux Beige Royal
  • Taubman’s Quill
  • Dulux Slate Blue.


Skirting boards, window sills, trims, doors, eaves, potplants, vases, chairs in a chalky white paint colour.

Metallic deco pieces such as hurricane lamps and bowls.

Rustic art on soft furnishings and accessories such as cushions, rugs and wall art.

Generous single-coloured fabric lounges.

Rattan & wicker sofas for the more casual setting.

Occasional chairs with contrasting splashes of colour compared with the main lounge and/or patterned fabrics.

Servery from the eat-in kitchen into the al fresco area. White is the classic colour for kitchens but with dark floors or timber-look trims and some will have silver or pale blue or lilac trims or colour added.

Chalky white painted pergola.

Interiors possibly with shiplap wall cladding.

Benchseats in the garden area for cosy socialising.

Stylish French doors opening into covered entertaining areas.

Large deck areas.

Timber-topped tables & benches.

Plantation shutters installed.

Soft furnishings include baskets, throws, lamps, candles and wall art depicting coastal themes such as beaches, sand dunes, coastlines, nautical and seascapes.

Outdoor shower.

For a fun touch of interior homewares consider wall hooks for beach bags, beach towels, beach hats – and perhaps a beach umbrella or surfboard?

We think that the overall feel of  “Hamptons styling” that makes it so appealing is the combination of elements of laid back, sociable, yet classic and sophisticated. It is an upmarket yet timeless treatment.

If you are considering to renovate your home ‘Hampton’s style” contact Michael Hunnam at Kirribilli Homes on 0416 621 945

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Escape To The Hamptons Beach Lifestyle Without Leaving Home! | Part One

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Creating the Long Island, New York USA chic beach look is influencing home renovators in Sydney to remove boxed-in living spaces by eliminating walls to create liberated & free-flowing living areas!

You can escape to the Hamptons but without leaving home and capitalizing on this popular beach house trend.

The Hamptons style combines open living with classic decorating but with rustic influences.

Here is some ground rules for this growing coastal retreat trend:

Gone is the stamp-pad floor plan where one box representing a living area follows another. Walls are removed and living room flows into dining room flowing into kitchen and … you get the idea.

Ceilings are raised or raked (sometimes following the roofline) to produce more modish, classy space.

Go for bright interiors with, plenty of natural daylight and larger windows to maximise light entrance.

The Hamptons style is well-groomed. The style guide typically includes a neutral canvass of light walls with skirting boards and window trims set against bold, dramatic touches like contrasting timber and dark elements.

You’ll see chocolate-coloured flooring set together with neutral walls.
Classic navy used white and metallic finishes is all the rage. This is the artistic license for interesting rustic art on accessories which includes cushions, rugs and wall art.

This is a beach house decor so draw from nature’s own palette: deep ocean blue, driftwood, seashell neutrals, sandy beach pearl, bleached timber colours, cloud white and for those desiring some eye-catching colours, go warm with coral colour matched with teal and contrasted with charcoal.

Go for clean contemporary home ware pieces balanced with rustic and imperfect decor items for that coastal wow factor.

Remember the Hamptons feel is relaxed. So the larger, open-handed lounges are characteristic here in natural single-colour fabrics. Or choose to dress it down with rattan & wicker sofas for laid-back beach ambiance. Team with occasional chairs. But here choose contrasting splashes of colour to the main lounge and consider patterned fabrics.

We adore this casual style so much because it is upmarket and gracious. You can have so much fun giving your home the Hamptons “collected” look that has a legacy feel of many years of belonging, family, friends and home.

More in the article: Escape To The Hamptons Beach Lifestyle Without Leaving Home! |  Part Two

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Understanding Warranties Relating To Building & Renovation Work in NSW | Part One

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Commencing a new renovation work can be a daunting process for many homeowners, but there is one area that, given good information from the outset, your stress levels may be reduced significantly and that area is understanding warranties on building and renovation work.

This article is therefore written to bring general warranty information for those building or renovating in NSW. It’s definitely worth knowing what kinds of warranties you’re entitled to.

Warranties may be said to be comprised of three parts:

  1. Statutory or “Implied” Warranties as implied by government (state) building acts and legislation.
  2. Manufacturer’s Warranties.
  3. Home Warranty Insurance (icare hbcf) cover taken out by the builder Statutory or “implied” warranties are legal requirements that generally apply to transactions between consumers, sellers and service providers as specified under state acts and legislation.

Manufacturer’s warranties apply to building and renovation products and materials that are purchased by the builder and carry a warranty by the manufacturer.

Home Warranty Insurance is mandatory in NSW. It offers welcome protection for you the client. It covers a client from financial loss caused by the builder’s failure to rectify or compensate for defective or incomplete residential building work.

The NSW Government’s Fair Trading website provides this example of a manufacturer’s warranty:

Example: “A consumer buys a deck chair that comes with a written warranty saying the manufacturer will replace the deck chair if it breaks within two years of the purchase date. This is a manufacturer’s warranty.”


Builders are responsible for taking out Home Warranty Insurance at the time of entering into a building contract with a client.

The Government determines the policy terms of Home Warranty insurance generally, manages the administration of it, and is actually sole underwriter.

This means when insurance claims arise, the Government pays out the claim to the home owner.

In NSW any building work over the contractual amount of $20,000 requires Home Warranty Insurance. The duration of Home Warranty cover is 6 years on structural work and 2 years non-structural after completion of work.

Suffice to say that Kirribilli Homes takes out Home Warranty Insurance on building and renovation work over the contractual amount of $20,000.

For more information refer here:

The icare hbcf provides a “safety net” for homeowners who have contracted for residential building work and their builder has been unable to honour their commitments under the building contract due to insolvency, death or disappearance.

The icare hbcf website explains: “The safety net is also provided where the builder’s licence is suspended for failure to comply with a Tribunal or Court Order to pay compensation to the homeowner.”
“Insurance under the HBCF is required to be obtained by builders for all residential construction projects over $20,000.”



More can be found on warranties information for those building or renovating in NSW in the follow up article: “Understanding Warranties Relating To Building & Renovation Work in NSW Part Two.”

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Silver Grey & Chrome Elements Create A Lustrous Bathroom Style Statement

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This brand new bathroom renovation is striking with it’s stunning silvery porcelain tile setting. It makes the white 900mm triple-mirrored shave cabinet and white vanity cabinet with large capacity soft-close drawers really stand out!!

The large bathroom area fearures over 30m2 of floor-to-ceiling tiles with two tile-insert floor wastes providing a seamless and maximised wet area domain. Square tile-insert floor wastes (as shown) are a clever and unobtrusive installation as they enable drier floors quicker, while highlighting the chosen and desired textile of choice.

The chome accessories like the high quality Phoenix brand flickmixers to shower and vanity and the 230mm rainforest showerhead really sparkle against the silver grey under the LED lighting.

All the bathroom elements come together in a restful symphony of classy modern finishes that will no doubt continue to prove very popular within Sydney’s hottest renovation season ever.

If you’re looking for a stylish new bathroom renovation like this one in your home call Neil on 0423 566 072 or Michael on 0416 621 945 at Kirribilli Homes.

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New Integrated Kitchen & Laundry Design Is A Winning Solution For Building A Large Kitchen In A Small to Medium Space.

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Overcoming limited space to provide a larger kitchen layout was problematic for a Kirribilli Homes client desiring a full renovation in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills.

The dividing wall between the conventional laundry and kitchen was removed and the second laundry door to backyard removed also, framed and re-bricked to allow for a new blank design canvass.

The new layout solution was to draw on the European concealed laundry concept, but with a modern twist following the client’s desire for open plan living throughout the home.

The end result exceeded the goals of the brief: maximised (half-dozen extra appliance) cupboards, a dedicated coffee/espresso machine cupboard, large 1.1m double food pantry for the bulkier produce items, matching tub/sink, concealed inbuilt front load washer, 900mm wide underbench gas oven, and wider-than-normal food prep benchtops most being at 700mm depth (not 600mm nominal depth,) plus a 1.5m island bench with twin cutlery drawers and 4 deep pots/pans drawers.

The kitchen centrepiece is a well-chosen Morrocan-inspired lightshade which also launched the bold backdrop colour allowing the extensive glass splashback (Dulux “Breadcrumb” colour) to really “pop” by contrast. A truly tasteful result any interior designer would no doubt love to add to their portfolio.

The expectation is that this will become a popular kitchen renovation design as users are able to do a quick 30-minute wash concealed behind beautiful cabinet doors – and perform this task at convenient proximity to getting the evening meal underway.

This is made especially attractive given current whisper-quiet front load washers such as the Fisher & Paykel 7.5kg load capacity washer.

If you’re looking to space-saving solutions like this one in your home call Neil at Kirribilli Homes on 0423 566 072 or Michael on 0416 621 945.