Monier Roofing tiles were part of the materials palette selected by a reputed home designer when he designed and built a new home for his family on a Sydney housing estate.
As the head designer of Masterton Homes, Anthony Campanale spends a lot of time on customising Masterton’s standard homes to create bespoke designs for their clients.
When it came to his own home, he decided to create his own slice of the Hamptons for his family – wife Stephanie and seven-year-old son Christopher – in one of Sydney’s new housing estates.
As a client – Campanale’s toughest to date – Stephanie had clear ideas about what she wanted in their new home but was nervous about entrusting her husband with the responsibility to capture her vision exactly.
“I think she was fussy,” says Campanale. “She was always nervous, but I knew what I wanted. I showed her some plans and ideas, but I don’t think she grasped all of it. However, in the back of my mind, I knew it would be great. I knew it would end up as she would like.”
The house has been built on a grand scale, which Campanale explains, is because his Philadelphia-born wife wanted plenty of space for the family.
Campanale’s decision to choose a classic American design for the house was partly due to Stephanie’s background, and also because he was impressed with American display homes, especially their timeless design.
“I’ve been to the US a few times and looked at a lot of display homes over there, and I wanted to capture that look,” says Campanale. “It’s got a timeless feel, internally and externally – it’ll look good now, it looked good probably 30 years ago, it’ll look good in 30 years’ time.”
After spending some time sourcing the property for the house, Campanale found a corner block so he could have two facades and with some height to the land.
“I’ve always liked a corner block,” he says. “Especially in a lot of the new estates, because the blocks aren’t that large, so to get a corner block, you feel a bit more open, as opposed to being closed in by large homes on either side.
“I kept the home up high at the front, because I wanted our house to have a nice street appeal,” he added.
Having spent a lot of time at Masterton looking at Monier’s range of roof tiles as part of his job, he knew exactly what he wanted for the roof of his new home. He chose the clean and classic Horizon Concrete tiles in Barrumundi, a dark grey, which suits the Hamptons look.
“It’s a flat profile,” Campanale says. “It’s got that slate sort of look of American roofs.”
He also chose A-line ridging to enhance the streamlined slate-like effect. A standard feature on most Masterton Homes, the Horizon tile and A-line ridging combination is always popular with their customers because of its clean lines, says Campanale.
The house also includes a feature facade created from PGH Bricks’ Cultured Stone, which also reflects the classic American style and adds a lot of character.
The Hamptons-style house has a rich red colour on the front door – a legacy of Stephanie’s American heritage. Describing it as an American tradition, Campanale explained that a red door was recognised as a ‘Welcome’ sign in America in the early days.
Campanale’s Italian heritage is also visible in the generously sized kitchen designed to host large family gatherings.