Haines Street

Haines Street

Haines Street

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Jamie Sormann



Willem-Dirk du Toit

Esme Parker


This is the family home of Foomann director Jamie who tackled this as an owner/builder. In a nice piece of symmetry; Jamie worked as a student for Mike Morris, a director of Morris Pirrotta Architects who designed the original house in 1970.

The bones were excellent however the interior needed an overhaul. With an internal area of only 80m2 over split levels – this house illustrates benefits of small footprint buildings that visitors often find illuminating.

The small footprint and vertical massing provide excellent access to light and air. To best utilise all available space; rooms were consolidated, fitted out and furnished with pieces that are larger than you’d expect. The result is a house that has a simple presentation, that feels generous with room to comfortably entertain.

The living room features custom steel furniture and shelving. Concealed lighting illuminates the space between existing beams.

Rooms were consolidated to improve efficiency and feel. The Kitchen/Dining and Bathroom/Laundry are now generous spaces.

Bedroom furniture, joinery and door hardware are all custom with bamboo ply details.


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