The muscle behind this luxury Zimbali home

Known as "The Forest House" , the home has several bodies of water flowing through it. RIGHT: The fully automated home has four ensuite bedrooms, a theatre room and two lounges. Photo: Grant Pitcher Photographer.

The R28 million Zimbali home that was listed in the international ‘HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2017’ as one of the eight most desirable homes around the world and featured on Top Billing, leaves most people in awe, including the man who built it.

Also read: Zimbali home listed among best in the world

Simbithi-based builder John Goss turns architects’ drawings into reality on the North Coast playground of the rich and famous and said the Zimbali home will always be one of his favourites.

“It was a very challenging site as it was fairly steep and sandy. It took a while to come out of the ground, but once it did, it moved quite quickly.

John Goss with his wife, Kristy and their daughters Kalsey and Alexa.

“It was such a technical build and all the water work was incredibly well designed, as the house appears to be almost floating. Water does not lie and making sure everything was perfectly level, water tight and correctly done was demanding, but exciting.

“Working with the massive Koi fish was quite nerve wracking too,” said Goss, who has been building upmarket homes on the North Coast for the past 12 years through his company, Sygnatur Projects, working specifically in Simbithi, Zimbali and Brettenwood Coastal estate.

“The last two months of construction are usually the most stressful for me. Everything has to be perfect down to the most minuscule detail.

“People think the last touches are like Lego pieces that just slot into each other perfectly, which is far from reality. But all the long hours, sweat and frustrations are worth it when everything is done and you stand back and see the final product, coupled with the joy on your customer’s face. It is so rewarding.”

Passionate about his profession, Goss is always busy building homes for his own family – his wife, Kristy, daughters Kalsey (11) and Alexa (12) and two Siamese cats, Rosie and Amy.

“I enjoy colour and design and I am constantly inspired by the houses I build for customers, so I try incorporate new ideas into my home. I have built three homes for my family so far, so there is a lot of moving, which is not always so popular. Being the only man in the family, I am completely outnumbered and have to resort to some bribery at times to convince them to move one more time.”

The Zimbali house boasts four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a theatre room, koi ponds and a rim flow swimming pool.

When it comes to building your next home, Goss said the modern North Coast house should have the following essential features:

1. Inside out:

Big, deep verandas and lots of light with stackable doors to open up the house, inviting the outside in is a must.

2. Open up: 

Gone are the days of a home being built as little rabbit warrens. Open plan is the ultimate way to create spacious, light, airy homes. This applies to all areas of the house, including ensuite bathrooms which are often completely open, except for the toilet, which is usually separated by a glass panel or something similar for privacy.

3.Keep it natural:

Big panels of glass coupled with concrete, aluminium and natural timbers are key elements to a modern home. It is all about that natural look and feel, which is highlighted by earthy colours on the walls.

4. Self-sustainability is key:

Solar or gas geysers and water recycling is almost standard practice now with new homes and is definitely the way to go.

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Elana Geist

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