We love a sun-drenched custom

16 Nov 2021

Humphrey Homes Cottesloe architect residence

Reminiscent of its coastal location, this Cottesloe custom build by Humphrey Homes conjures up a summery feeling – maximising both natural light and space for entertaining.

From the front, the home provides a hint of the marine motifs that await inside, with a Filetti paved driveway and a light rubble stone feature wall.

A car turntable adjacent to the home’s entrance is a motor enthusiast’s dream – allowing for easy egress to and from the property.

According to Humphrey Homes Owner and Director Dean Humphrey, the design brief was to create an urban beach house with sun-drenched spaces – not an easy task due to the site’s position.

“We design and build homes that are responsive to the site,” he said. “This was a challenging home being a rear block in a narrow street with a 3m slope from front to back, but we achieved it with smart orientation, ventilation and form – all of which contribute to a sense of space and light.”

As you enter the home, this grand sense of space is felt through architectural design features such as high ceilings, European-style tilt-and-turn windows and a neutral palette.

Drenched in bohemian whites, the home’s lower floor showcases an expansive open-plan layout.

“The entire lower floor opens up via hidden stacker doors to the alfresco for seamless connectivity,” Mr Humphrey said.

“We have also used a zero threshold for the doors, meaning there is no step or join, so the space naturally feels bigger.”

The remote-controlled solar pergola in the alfresco area allows for year-round entertaining – a treat for summer days when you feel like some extra shade, or in winter when you need to keep the rain out.

Back inside, the expansive entertaining zone ties in a resort-style feel, with a large kitchen and scullery that connects to the dining and living areas with ease.

“Hi-lite windows to the kitchen allow glimpses outdoors and light to permeate the living areas,” Mr Humphrey said.

Also on this level is an inviting living area and library, with the latter doubling as a spare bedroom with pared back and minimal elegance.

Away from the hustle and bustle, a guest room can be found at the front of the home.

An expansive window box bathes the room in natural light which, together with crisp white walls, lush grey carpets and a mix of textures, creates an overall sense of softness.

Traverse the timber staircase to the upper floor – a place of work and play with a cosy sitting window and a spacious study with built-in cabinetry and a sliding door for privacy.

Also on the upper floor, the indulgent master suite is sure to make even Carrie Bradshaw jealous – complete with a dressing room and an opulent ensuite.

Yielding a transformative result, homeowner Brigid Corrigan said the efficient build allowed for a smooth process despite challenges posed by the pandemic.

“I considered lots of different options for designing and building my home, including independent architects, but I was attracted to the idea of having an architect and builder in the same company working together from the start of the project, and Humphrey Homes seemed the obvious choice,” she said. “I am thrilled with the result and can’t wait to move in.”

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This story first appeared in The West Australian's New Homes liftout on November 13, 2021