Am­bi­tion re­warded

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

The courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion of owner builders who tackle chal­leng­ing projects sin­gle-handed is ad­mirable.

Bren­don of Li­ly­dale, Vic­to­ria, built Paal Kit Homes’ large Castlereagh de­sign on a deeply slop­ing block and made a mag­nif­i­cent job of it.

As well, he saved at least a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars by tack­ling as much as pos­si­ble of the work him­self.

The com­mand­ing outlook was achieved by po­si­tion­ing the house and deck on 88 steel piers that were nearly three me­tres high at the deck edge.

Fas­ci­nated by the en­gi­neer­ing side of the project and never daunted by chal­lenges, Bren­don taught him­self new skills, in­clud­ing pier place­ment and sup­port for the el­e­vated tim­ber floor­ing.

He com­bined his long-ser­vice and an­nual leave to make a strong start on the house, later em­ploy­ing a pro­fes­sional plas­terer to save time.

He used the manda­tory trades­peo­ple for roof­ing, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cals.

While ad­mit­ting that his 420 square me­tre home, in­clud­ing a dou­ble-garage and deck, was am­bi­tious, he said, “It was also straight­for­ward in a lot of re­spects. I’m very happy with the re­sult. It’s cer­tainly an achieve­ment.”

A build­ing sur­veyor, who in­spected the con­struc­tion at var­i­ous stages, said, “I’ve been in the game for 40 years, and I haven’t seen it done as well as you have.”

Bren­don con­fesses: “Our neigh­bours ini­tially felt sorry for me, out there ev­ery day in rain or hail or sun­shine, but they now take their hats off.”

You too can be­come an owner builder and save big money build­ing the Paal way. Call Paal Kit Homes on 03 9720 1222 to en­quire today.

The Paal Castlereagh Kit Home.

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