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.

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