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Inside Candice and Jeremy’s Hamptons-inspired home


It was love at first sight when Sydney-siders Candice and Jeremy stumbled across Metricon’s Bayville show home online. After discovering the understated glamour of the classic Hamptons style, they were inspired to sell and upsize their North Shore Californian bungalow for an elegant, northern suburbs sanctuary. "Our interest was piqued by an article about Hamptons-inspired designs that included Metricon's Bayville home," Jeremy remembers. "We loved the façade, which incorporated gables with weatherboards wrapping the top floor."

At the time, Metricon was yet to open a Bayville show home in New South Wales, so when Jeremy was visiting Melbourne for work, he seized the opportunity to see the Brighton beauty in person. As soon as he stepped inside, he knew it was the one and couldn't wait to tell his wife that he had found their dream home.

"We weren't really looking to build. It was only because Jeremy had seen that house that we started to consider it," Candice says. "We didn't know much about Metricon before, and we didn't know what to expect from a project home builder. We definitely didn't know they could build this kind of house."

With their existing property starting to feel crowded, Candice and Jeremy knew they needed more space to accommodate their growing family. "We had visited other Metricon display homes in Sydney and were impressed by the quality of finish and internal layouts," Jeremy says. "But it was only upon viewing the Bayville that we really got serious about building a new home."

Finding the perfect block

Once they had decided to build, Candice and Jeremy had to find a piece of land. With both of their jobs based in inner Sydney, they didn't want to spend too long commuting for work. It became clear that a knock-down rebuild would allow them to build their dream home on a block in their home suburb, which they loved for its convenience and lifestyle benefits.

"There are limited knock-down or land options on Sydney's North Shore, so finding the right block took more than five months," Jeremy says. "This was a long time for us, given it only took us six weeks to secure our prior property purchase."

Their patience paid off when a 1950s home situated on a generous 967 sqm block hit the market on Sydney's leafy North Shore. "We didn't really want to buy an existing house," Candice says. "Our old house was a bungalow, and with those old homes, you have a lot more issues with damp and poor light, so we just wanted something new. Being able to choose what you want and have the layout as you want – we figured it was probably more efficient to knock down than try and renovate and do all of that kind of stuff to something existing."

She says a knock-down rebuild was also preferable because you know what you're working with upfront — there are no surprises once you start the build. "You don't know the condition of older homes until you start work, which means costs can quickly get out of hand," she says.

"With Metricon, once you've locked in your contract and made all your Studio M choices, there's not really any more out-of-scope stuff that comes up." Candice

Planning phase

Having found their slice of suburban paradise, Jeremy and Candice began the process of bringing their Bayville dreams to life. They enlisted independent contractors to knock down the existing home and get the site fit for construction so that once they received the go-ahead from the council, they were ready to hammer it home.

"After that, it was pretty fast," Candice says. "While we were waiting for the property to settle, we were doing all the contract stuff with Metricon. We knocked the house down about a week after it settled and then got the approval to build maybe a month after that."

Candice says going through complying development rather than council also helped to fast-track the process. "There's specific legislation in NSW that as long as your building application complies with specific criteria, you get approval, which only took about three weeks through complying development," she explains.

Personal touches

Being able to modify the existing floor plan was another reason Jeremy and Candice chose a Signature by Metricon build.

"We moved the living room from the front of the house to the back so that we could have a big, open-plan kitchen, living and dining area," Candice says. "We thought there would be no flexibility with project home builders, so being able to do that was good."

Jeremy says they are also quite proud of their light-filled guest bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, which was also a variation to the initial design.

The finer details

From the outside, theirs is a contemporary interpretation of the classic, coastal Hamptons style, with the Bayville's iconic timber cladding, portal window and gables offset with a minimalist render and Colorbond roof in a tonal grey scheme.

"We knew we wanted to keep it relaxed and light. We were trying to achieve a more coastal, beachy Hamptons style rather than traditional." Candice

But while Candice and Jeremy fell in love with the Bayville's aesthetic, it is the personal touches that make it feel like home. Jeremy's favourite feature is the built-in whisky cabinet and tailored space in the butler's pantry for the wine fridge, while Candice loves the spacious walk-in robe which flows from the master bedroom.

"The master area was one of the things that made us choose the house when we saw it," Candice says with a smile. "I also love the kitchen/living/dining area because if you're inside cooking and doing things, you can see out into the backyard, see the kids. We loved the layout in general - the openness and integration of the spaces, the wide entrance and hallway, the high ceilings. It has a really nice flow and feel.

Home, sweet home

Nearly 18 months after the fall of the auction hammer and a newborn baby later, the family of four were ready to move into their brand new two-storey home, just in time for Christmas.

"Getting handover before Christmas was very satisfying and such a milestone," Jeremy says. "It was great to see our vision come to life, having had to visualise everything on paper a year out from completion. We could finally relax and enjoy our long-awaited new home over the holidays."

Build highlights

Our site manager and construction manager showed flexibility where it mattered.

Our site manager got approval to allow Premier Pools on-site before handover, allowing them to finish the pool and having a finished product before Christmas was a huge highlight for us.

We had a relatively stress-free build once we had made all our decisions and Metricon had started on site.

Comprehensive design before construction started and the rigour of deciding everything upfront meant that we had a relatively stress-free build with minimal variations.

Candice and Jeremy's advice for anyone considering a knock-down rebuild

Find the right site

Get Metricon's help to find a site that suits a 21 day CDC (complying development certificate) approval, rather than DA (development application) approval via the council.

Trust the experts

Do a bit of research with Metricon's preferred suppliers (e.g. Reece, Beacon and Wideline) to select any non-standard items if they are not on display at Studio M. Stick with Metricon for as much scope as possible. They do what they do well and more cost-effectively than smaller contractors.

Be engaged throughout the process

Mistakes will always happen, so pay attention. There were a few ordering or installation mistakes, which we needed to pick up along the way.

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