When building this home Brendon Stockman, of The Goodbuilder, wanted more than a loose resemblance to a traditional villa – he wanted the home to be so true to the classic villa style that it looked more like a lovingly renovated 120-year-old home.
The builder approached architectural designer Buildology to design the home down to this level of authenticity.
"The home has the classic wide deck, 3m high stud and bay window but, beyond the basics, we went the extra distance to include all the finials, brackets, and turned teardrop elements. It's these finer details that give the villa its authenticity," says Brendon.
"On the inside, however, we wanted a contemporary feel with echoes of traditional design details."
A variety of tiles from The Tile Depot were a key part of the interior design with Brendon Stockman making many choices himself.
"I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted from the tilework but guided by Toni and Karen at The Tile Depot, and with them happy for me to take samples home and try them in situ, we ended up with the exact look we wanted throughout the interior."
And Brendon certainly chose the right port of call. The Tile Depot was established in 1995 and has since grown into one of the largest importers and retailers of quality tiles in New Zealand.
The company sources its ranges directly from manufacturers based in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and China, gaining much better control over availability, quality and price – 3 key factors appreciated by customers.
One major use of The Tile Depot's tiles is seen in the low upkeep Amber Grey 200x1200mm woodgrain porcelain floor tiles seen on the dining, kitchen, laundry and hallways. The Amber range is an incredibly realistic porcelain replica of timber planks.
Amber recreates the textures, knots and grains found in real wood while offering all the modern benefits of a stain, water and wear resistant floor.