Cornwall Street Residence

The third project Humphrey Homes has designed and built for this family, the Cornwall Street Residence is a large family home accommodating five bedrooms and two living spaces over two levels. To capture views of the park across the road, the orientation of the house and living spaces addresses the street and capitalises on soft southern light.

The façade and street level entry introduce the palette for the rest of the house: modern white walls and travertine marble floor coupled with sleek stainless steel and aluminium trims, offset with feature red cedar. The elevation appears as an assemblage of light boxes of living spaces articulated by floating horizontal planes. The continuity of the materials, in particular the red cedar in the flooring and feature panelling externally and in the cabinetry, holds this design together and sets the tone for this modern yet warm family home.

In the entry lobby, family members and visitors are encouraged through to one of the two levels – the ground floor for the kids and the upper level for adults. At the ground level, the three children’s bedrooms are arranged around their own lounge and living room. This space opens onto a private courtyard with views to the trees of the park beyond.

On the upper level, the open plan kitchen, dining and living spaces take full advantage of the aspect and height of the block. Large southern facing windows bring a warm light to the space whilst the red cedar concertina doors, accentuated with highlight windows above, bring the living experience through to the sizable balcony. To sit on the balcony is to sit amongst the tree tops.

The view across the park with city glimpses sets a beautiful backdrop against the rich palette of crisp white walls and cabinetry, opulent travertine marble, stainless steel fittings and red cedar. These textures are carried through to the master bedroom and luxurious ensuite that also capture the treetop views. In the Cornwall Street Residence, this family have a bespoke and beautiful home which caters for entertaining and relaxing alike.

Architecture and building by Humphrey Homes

Duration of Design Stage: 6 months
Actual Build Time: 15 months


We have used them on a number of projects over the years and are confident to return because of their high-quality work and service. Their work is well supervised and we trust them to maintain high standards. Their approach has always been upfront, honest and fair. The end product, in the case of our current residence, is excellent, both from a design and building perspective and has been backed up with excellent service (both pre and post completion). We feel like it has been a team effort between ourselves and all at Humphrey Homes. We are more than happy to recommend Humphrey Homes and to use them again in the future.
W&K Cormack, Swanbourne


  • Finalist 2011 HIA/NAB - Perth Housing Awards – Custom Built Homes