The pizza oven set up next to the deck and patio behind Joseph and Christina Wood's Ngamotu Rd home speaks of good times.
It's conveniently located close to the kitchen, Christina points out, allowing an easy flow from inside to out, as friends gather and enjoy the casual setting. And sitting out here on a sunny afternoon, a cold beer is natural accompaniment to the meal.
As it should be in this home at this time. The couple run their Liberty Brewing Company craft-beer business from here, with their micro-brewery set up in the garage. "Pizza and beer go well together," Christina affirms with a smile.
The beers actually have been going so well - in commercial terms - that the couple is now having to look for a new home where they can develop their business further. Last year, Liberty took out the gold medal at the Brewers Guild Beer Awards and its range of ales is now sold throughout the country.
The custom-built brewery is going with the couple, of course, when they move on. But the pizza oven they also built themselves is staying.
The space in the four-bedroom house, the extra room in the self-contained sleepout attached to the garage, and the expanse of flat lawn on the generous section appealed to the couple when they originally bought this property. "It also had plenty of off- street parking and we fitted straight into it . . . including the brewery," Christina says.
That was then and the brewery business is now ready to bust out. "This house is amazing for us, and we would be staying if we could build a new (brewery) shed without compromising the property."
The weatherboard bungalow was built in the 1920s, and since most of its neighbours were built about 40 years later, seems likely to have been one of the original homesteads when this area was farmland. It has been renovated over the years to accommodate changing lifestyles - the original internal chimney and fireplace was removed by previous owners to open up the wall between the living areas to create a family friendly flow. French doors now allow the spaces to be closed off if necessary.
During those changes, the impressive ornate plaster ceiling in the main lounge was retained and it is a feature of the home today.
At the front of the lounge, there's a corner alcove with built-in shelving and desk that is ideal as a study or computer nook, Christina points out. "That was a major selling point for me," she says, "to have four functioning bedrooms and a study area."
Three of the bedrooms, including the master with its wall of floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, are located off the hallway, while the fourth bedroom opens off the family area. The main bathroom features the warmth of rimu panelling and offers a shower over a shub for family convenience. The toilet is located separately off the large laundry.
The kitchen is well placed off the family- dining area and enjoys a view out into the swathe of green lawn in the spacious rear yard with established trees on the back boundary. Sun pours in here in the morning, says Christina, and then works its way around the living areas.
Outdoor living is flexible here. The deck out to the pizza oven gets those warming rays for much of the day, while another deck off the family area soaks up the sun in the afternoon.
The single garage next to the house is filled with brewing equipment, but will offer vehicle accommodation again once the move is made. Behind the garage is the self-contained sleep-out - with kitchenette-living area, a small bathroom comprising shower, toilet and handbasin, and a double-size bedroom.
"The sleep-out was great for people coming to stay . . . until the brewery expanded into it.'
The brewery spaces have been certified for a food-grade business and the certificate is current and stays with the property, says Christina.
A door opens off the sleepout's kitchen-living space to its own paved patio area, with a productive vegetable garden beyond that. There are also fruit trees to add flavour to life here - pear, mandarin and feijoa.
The home and property has enough space inside and out for most family needs, Christina says, but there's also the advantage of having the Onuku Taipari Domain just a few metres down the road. "The little kids' playground there is really handy," she says.
"And it's only eight minutes down to Back Beach from here. We love going down there." That sandy destination is reached via the Herekawe Walkway as it passes the domain.
A corner dairy adjacent to the domain is also handy " . . . even though the Countdown supermarket is only a kilometre up the road at Spotswood."
Schools are also close, with both Spotswood Primary and Spotswood College up the road and Moturoa School not much further away on Pioneer Rd.
Professionals Real Estate consultants Shannon Ryan and Kris Rasmussen are marketing the property and suggest it caters to a wide variety of buyers.
"It has lots of family appeal with the advantage of the sleepout space," Shannon says. "It could be a first home with the possibility of rent coming from the sleepout, and the large section is potentially subdividable for investors or developers.
"We get a lot of interest throughout the year from people looking for subdividable sections."
He feels 147 Ngamotu Rd offers good value on today's market. "I think there's nothing like it on the market that hasn't sold in three days. Hopefully, it makes it to the open home on Sunday."
- Taranaki Daily News
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