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High quality tiles from The Tile Depot provide the finishing touches to this well designed and constructed home by Generation Homes NZ - Auckland South

Just 9 kilometres from the heart of Auckland's CBD, this home forms part of a diverse housing complex that aims to embrace the characteristics of the local Point England community – a family friendly and culturally rich neighbourhood where young professionals, first home buyers and social housing all sit side by side in architecturally designed, quality homes.

Ideally designed for everyday modern living, this 3-bedroom home belies its relatively modest 130m² footprint. 

With an open-plan ground floor, high ceilings, generous first floor bedrooms, and a fully tiled bathroom, ensuite and laundry, the home feels incredibly spacious and light.

Built above and beyond current building code requirements, the home has been afforded a 6 Home Star rating – this rating ensures that the home is healthier and more energy efficient than a similar home just built to code.

With the design mindful of sustainable building materials and creation of healthy homes, tiles from The Tile Depot were used extensively throughout this home. 


Italian tiles in particular were chosen as Italy has the most stringent environmental tile manufacturing regulations in the world.

Furthermore, tiles in general are safe and non-toxic – and designed to last a lifetime with very little in the way of maintenance requirements. 

In addition, quality tiles have great thermal mass making them ideal for passive home heating.

The entire ground floor, bathrooms and laundry, were thus tiled with Alter Sbiancato (200x1200mm) – a wood-effect porcelain that is a fantastic alternative to natural wood flooring. 

Being porcelain, they will never need sanding or resealing like natural timber. 

These tiles are a fantastic durable flooring option in spaces that move between indoors and out, and where the potential impacts of water are a factor.

One of the most striking features in the open plan living space is the tiled kitchen splashback – tiled with Glam Hedge (500x1000mm), a very special tile collection that transforms walls into scenic works of art. 

Like the wood-effect flooring, this eye-catching splashback brings a touch of nature into the interiors and introduces green and blue hues that repeat throughout the other tiled areas of the home.

Floor to ceiling tiling in the bathroom, ensuite and laundry helps to maintain a sense of spaciousness throughout the home and continue the commitment to quality, low maintenance surfaces. 

Colourful feature walls in greens and blues are paired with warm whites and the light wood-effect porcelain floors to create cohesion between all the spaces.  

Chinese ming-green marble finger tiles are the only deviation from the Italian tile selections and create a stunning natural feature wall in the ensuite.

As this home demonstrates, thoughtful design, commitment to quality finishings and knowledge of sustainable building materials can result in a very special, compact dwelling designed for enjoyable contemporary living. 

A compact home does not equate to a compromise on lifestyle or quality, as this beautifully tiled home demonstrates .

To find out more about the feature tiles specified for this Generation Homes NZ - Auckland South family home and to explore the wide range of quality tiles available head online to The Tile Depot website

Credit list

Home builder
Generation Homes NZ - Auckland South
Tilesall floors
Alter Sbiancato (200x1200mm) – entire ground floor, bathroom, ensuite and laundry
Family bathroom
Tribeca Watercolour (60x246mm) – subway effect blue wall tile on shower walls; Urban Cement Alyssum White (600x1200mm) on other walls; Alter Sbiancato 200x1200mm – floor
Laundry – mixed use space
Tribeca Seaglass Mint (60x246mm); Urban Cement Alyssum White (600x1200mm) on other walls; Alter Sbiancato (200x1200mm) – floor
Tile supplier
Kitchen tiles
Glam Hedge A & B (500x1000mm) – mural effect feature tiles on splashback
Ensuite
Mosaix Ming Green Fingers (298x298mm) – shower wall; Urban Cement Alyssum White (600x1200mm) on other walls; Alter Sbiancato (200x1200mm) – floor

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

25 Sep, 2022

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