Builder’s home finally finished
It may have taken 10 years but Nick Gott thinks he has a near perfect home. The 47-year-old licensed builder moved into the ‘‘typical 1960s kiwi home’’ in 2004.
However it was never the dream to make a life on the 20 acre hobby farm.
‘‘It was to bring it up to standard. We just went through and did each room because we were still living in it,’’ he said.
Gott spent four years worth of weekends and nights on his Mossop Rd home. The dream of building his own never eventuated so he moved to the next best thing.
‘‘We had enough money to do an extension but not to build a house,’’ he said.
In 2010 he had the plans drawn up for an extension and a deck.
The rest included a new pizza oven, spa, garden boxes and even a greenhouse recycled from an old conservatory.
Although he knew most of what he wanted, some ideas were sought elsewhere.
‘‘Tokoroa is quite limited on ideas but you can go on Trademe and look at houses for sale in Auckland.’’
For those who did not have the inside knowledge Gott said it was always best to look at options.
‘‘If they are going to involve a builder, approach a few and get quotes of apples for apples, the bottom line is sometimes it doesn’t represent the work being done.’’
Delicious outcome: Nick Gott’s self-built pizza oven is a crowd pleaser any time of year.
Innovative ideas: A green house made out of an old conservatory may not have been easy but Nick Gott felt good about recycling materials.