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Natalee Bowen's Indah Island Toodyay project featuring Jason Windows with colonial bars for a Hampton's style, stunning Toodyay landscape view through the windows
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A source of expertise for over 20 years, Indah Island Hamptons expert Natalie Bowen takes the stress away from renovating and designing by helping with decision making.

Don’t overlook these renovation decisions

Indah Island Hamptons expert Natalee Bowen goes into detail on some of the finer renovation decisions.

When renovating or building your home, some of the most overwhelming decisions come in the form of selecting windows, doors and trims. If these are not the right colour, frame or design from the start they’re not easy to replace.


This is great for the Hamptons, coastal and traditional looks. The frames will stand out and create a pretty profile. However, there is a maintenance factor which needs to be considered.

Jason Timber Look Doors give you the natural look of a timber entry door with the durability and strength of aluminium, which only needs minimal maintenance and upkeep.

Three-photo collage of a timber-look door in Western Red Cedar, captured from different angles; showcasing feature brick, landscaped gardens, and entrance stairs

Jason Windows aluminium timber-look entry door featured in Western Red Cedar. Image by KTR Creations and RU Developments.

Aluminium Windows

If you are after a more distinct profile, use a semi-commercial frame over a residential frame, as this creates depth and a more solid look. From afar you really don’t see a huge difference between wood and aluminium, however up close you notice cleaner lines – and of course there is hardly any maintenance.

Aluminium Doors

If you are styling a Hamptons home, use a French window-style door to introduce a different aesthetic into an office or dining room. Front doors are another big feature decision, as they greet you every day. Think about the light into the entrance: do you want glass, or do you prefer privacy?

Large fixed windows and Pearl White French doors contrasting with the dark exterior of a home, accompanied by chairs and a scenic coastal view for added charm

Aluminium Fixed Windows and French Doors featured in Pearl White. Image by Mondo Exclusive Homes.

Skirting and cornices

Find your inspirations. Look through Instagram and magazines to get a feel for heights of skirting and width of cornices. If you are going with a classic American style, think detail without going over the top. If you are going more modern, think clean lines with little details such as squares, shadow lines or a block style. Don’t overlook these features, as they are a way to create layers and details on your walls and in your home.

If you are building or renovating, stay tuned to Indah Island and keep looking out for articles on everything you need to know, or read some of our related posts below to help with your renovation decisions. For more information on the Hamptons Farm project, visit the Indah Island website and check out their latest blogs.

First published as Options Are Limitless in the New Homes lift-out, The Weekend West, September 7-8 2019 Edition. Updated and edited for Jason Windows.

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