For younger as well as older
The advertising sales manager and part-time DJ imagined he would be living in London by now, working by day and taking his tunes to the people by night.
And then Covid-19 came along and plans changed: “I watched how beautifully the houses at Abercrombie were being built and I could see how owning here would fit with my lifestyle,” he says.
Tyler’s DJ gigs take him all over Auckland and, since he also works weekends, he needed somewhere that wouldn’t make a constant call on his time.
He got into the development at the ground level, buying a 180m², 4-bedroom property with a single garage off the plans.
He also negotiated a wraparound package with his sibling, which included the supply of furniture.
Then, in the spirit of keeping it a family affair, he worked with Brett Christie’s wife Sarah Christie, who was responsible for designing the interiors.
Tyler’s townhouse is the only one of the seven with no side walls although light does flow in from decking on the other two elevations.
Classic but modern
“The look we were going for was classic but modern – something fresh and up to date,” says Sarah. “Tyler is a young, happening sort of a guy so we wanted the house to feel like an upmarket apartment.”
Against a backdrop of white walls and dark-stained engineered timber flooring, they put together a kitchen to reflect a metropolitan spirit.
“I let Sarah pretty much make her suggestions and trusted her because, having lived in a series of flats, I really have no idea what I do and don’t like,” says Tyler.
Sarah is no fan of plain white kitchens so injected some personality with cabinetry in two shades of grey – ‘Ironsand’ in a woodgrain finish for the overhead cupboards and the lighter ‘Dawn Grey’ tone below.
This teams with a white engineered marble benchtop where dark grey veining keys in with the colour scheme.
Handles and tapware in brushed brass are a point of difference that bring a dash of low-key bling to the room.