Swanbourne Residence

With a growing family, this couple wanted to build a new residence on their existing block that would take advantage of the Swanbourne lifestyle they enjoy. The result is a sleek modern home featuring four bedrooms, a study, open plan kitchen, dining and living area, covered alfresco entertaining space, pool and a cellar. The clever, compact planning and attention to detail is evidenced throughout the home that will serve as a comfortable and welcoming residence for the family for many years to come.

The exterior of the home introduces the coastal lifestyle of the location with weatherboard panelling articulating the clean, white rendered and polished plaster walls. The warm tones of the timber front door are continued throughout the home in the Victorian Ash cavity sliding doors, 180mm wide solid European Oak floorboards and through to the Merbau decking in the outdoor entertaining area. Reminiscent of a beach or river jetty, this decking has been left unoiled to turn grey over time and compliments the bluestone paving around the pool.

Continuity of materiality has been carefully considered throughout the design with a grey polished plaster feature wall in the living room further instating the palette of timber, white and grey, offset with modern aluminium details. This combination of warm yet modern tones reflects the versatile design of the living spaces with the dining and lounge area opening onto the covered entertaining area to take advantage of Perth’s warm months, and an in-built modern fireplace for cosy winter weather. This flexibility and response to climate is supported by the careful orientation, design and shading of windows and living spaces throughout the house.

Architecture and building by Humphrey Homes

Duration of Design Stage: 6 months
Actual Build Time: 16 months


We chose Humphrey Homes because of their client-focused approach, commitment to quality and craftsmanship. And we’re thrilled with how they constantly delivered throughout the process. Thanks to the whole team at Humphrey Homes the process from to design to build has been fantastic.
R & G McMeeken

The West Australian New Homes