Sharing success with champers | The West Australian

Building his first house on the age of 20 in Kalgoorlie, Humphrey Homes Owner and Director Dean Humphrey’s ardour for building has been a lifelong affair.

Humphrey Homes Owner and Director Dean Humphrey.
Camera IconHumphrey Homes Owner and Director Dean Humphrey. Credit: Supplied.

“I knew from a young age that I wanted to make a career from design and construction,” he informed New Homes. “At 22, I purchased and renovated two old cottages which I owned for many years.

“Other than a four-year stint in my mid-20s in London wearing a suit and tie and working in various industries, I’ve always been motivated to create a career in the building industry.”

Fast-forward and Mr Humphrey is marking 20 years of designing and constructing properties.

Establishing Humphrey Homes as a one-man operation, Mr Humphrey mentioned the enterprise had skilled sluggish and regular development.

“My main focus in business has always been providing the absolute best, the most uncompromising quality we can produce and also exceeding our client’s expectations on the whole design-build experience,” he mentioned.

“As a simple measure of success, we have a very simple goal at the start of each job – to share a glass of champers with our clients on completion.”

One of the latest handovers for Humphrey Homes was a surprising three-level house on the canals in Port Coogee.

“Our clients even provided crayfish and French Champagne at the handover meeting,” Mr Humphrey mentioned.

“That’s when we know we’ve done a great job and exceeded expectations.

“I also believe a business is only as good as its people and I seem to have a knack of attracting great people to work with me who have similar values.”

Reflecting on how issues had modified within the constructing business over the past couple of a long time, Mr Humphrey mentioned there was much more design inspiration on the fingertips of builders and homebuyers alike, although he mentioned this abundance of knowledge might have its drawbacks.

“The same access to technical information can be very confusing for people if they don’t understand compliance requirements both nationally and locally,” he mentioned.

“What works in the US or the UK, for example, may be non-compliant in Australia.”

Energy necessities have additionally advanced with the occasions, in response to Mr Humphrey.

“Energy requirements when designing a home were very basic 20 years ago,” he mentioned. “Today it is a requirement to achieve a stricter energy assessment.

“This is designed to ensure homes will perform to a minimum standard in terms of general comfort, including heat loss and gain.”

When it got here to Humphrey Homes’ cutting-edge designs, Mr Humphrey mentioned the enterprise’s inside designers and in-house architect Helen Marchesani had been an infinite supply of groundbreaking concepts, and had a eager ear for the needs of shoppers.

“Genuinely tuning into what our clients love and want, as opposed to what we want to create, leads to a thread of gold and unique ideas,” he mentioned.

“Between Helen and our two interior designers, Joie Stevenson and Katie Bossong, we also follow many international blogs and galleries on architecture from around the globe.”

As for what’s subsequent for the builder, Mr Humphrey mentioned a challenge in Swanbourne was quickly to be opened to the general public, that includes 6m-high off-form concrete partitions, a roof backyard and floating concrete stairs.

“The upper floor is clad in perforated aluminium, and there’s a 4m-wide Swiss guillotine window and many other architectural features,” he mentioned.

CONTACT Humphrey Homes, 9284 5444,

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