8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.Mr Mantle said love, care and attention were the key elements to building the three-level home. “Surfboard shaping is a lot about the way you use your hands and the same goes for building a house,” Mr Mantle said.“Surfboard builder Joe Larkin taught me everything I know, how to swing a hammer and all the techniques. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.“The best way to describe the house is that it is like a pole house. The frame is all steel poles which fit into concrete fittings. Besides the steel frame and the hardwood I did everything else.” The stairs are Mr Mantle’s proudest work but he said the sunshine was his favourite part of living in the house.“It is a long and narrow house with a long northern aspect and the sun just seems to pour in,” he said. 8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.SURFBOARD shaper John Mantle swears by good-quality craftsmanship and his Terranora home pays testament to that. Mr Mantle said he learnt a lot about woodwork from building surfboards in the early 60s and when he set out to build his own home 30 years ago he applied similar skills. 8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.With nine solar panels, dozens of fruit trees and a flourishing vegetable patch the family said they have almost been living off the grid. “I lived in Colorado and Hawaii on the mountains and I wanted to create the same feeling here on the Gold Coast,” Mr Mantle said. 8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.Mr Mantle said his visitors needed 4WDs to access the house before he put in a driveway six months ago. “I haven’t stopped working on the house since I bought the block,” he said. “I’m always finding myself extending it or improving it. My son is a carpenter and my daughter is a designer so we are always collaborating with ideas.” 8 Rosemount Court, Terranora.“The same feeling of a retreat surrounded by nature.”At the bottom of the property a creek flows all year round and adds to the tranquil atmosphere. The character-filled house is situated in a peaceful cul-de-sac.