I was born in Donji Milanovac, a small town on the right bank of the river Danube in Serbia (the former Yugoslavia). My family owned a building company, so building has always been part of my life. I visited my father on building sites at every opportunity, and I loved to see how a house changed in its shape and form as work progressed.
By this stage, I had hands on experience and an excellent knowledge of the building trade. What I really wanted, however, was to work on the beautiful historic buildings of Vicenza. Before long I was offered a job with a company that specialises in the restoration, renovation and conservation of Venetian and Palladian villas. This was to be the most rewarding experience of my career to date.
I shared my thoughts with Nena. After some serious consideration, we decided moving to New Zealand was the right thing to do. I had arrived in New Zealand as a tourist and never left. We settled in Auckland and I started working for a local building company.
During my time working as a builder in Auckland, I heard many horror stories from people who had extremely bad experiences with builders. I knew I could do better! With my years of experience and expertise, I could make the building process for customers in Auckland a much more enjoyable experience, rather than a nightmare.
Believe it or not, my life isn’t all about building and family. During my teenage years, I also developed an enthusiasm for cars. Not just driving them, but building and modifying them. This passion has gained strength over the years. I have met people in Auckland who share the same passion as me. I am now able to build a car and then take it through certification to make it road legal. You may well ask: “So what car did you build?” Well, New Zealand is known for its stunning beaches, so a beach buggy was the perfect choice!