Mmmm... a wood-fired pizza with a crunchy base and smoky-tasting toppings. But how useful are the ovens really, asks
Being able to enjoy a pizza that’s cooked in your back garden sounds delicious in theory, but no one wants a purpose-built oven that never gets used, especially if it’s cost a lot to install.
Real estate agents advise against putting them in, saying people may see them as more of a burden than a bonus. ‘‘Don’t spend money on installing special features that will only appeal to some,’’ says Taranaki agent Glenn Green of Harcourts Bell Block.
Pre-assembled pizza ovens start from $750-$1500 excluding installation costs, with top-of-the-line models topping $10,000.
Although there have been some great memories created around the oven for Clevedon-based Kath Taylor and her husband Chris who built their kitset pizza oven a few years ago, Kath admits lighting it up has become more of an annual event rather than a regular happening.
The problem is that preparing for a pizza night isn’t spontaneous.
‘‘It’s great when we use it, especially with lots of young people around, it’s a lovely community thing, but it takes more planning than people think. You have to be in the mood at the start of the day and think, ‘we’ll have pizza tonight’,’’ she says, admitting she hasn’t lit the oven for a year.
A pizza oven provides a focal point; this one is surrounded by cosy chairs and furnishings to create a great entertainment area.