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room. “We wanted the fire­place to be a fea­ture and help de­fine the open-plan kitchen, living and din­ing space,” she says. “Build­ing the fire­place out, then pan­elling it and paint­ing it blue, pro­vided a stun­ning con­trast against the cool grey walls and Euro­pean oak floor – and was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to re­cess the TV dis­cretely above.”

In­side and out, the living ar­eas are now more flex­i­ble and have im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity. The stylish, con­tem­po­rary home can also eas­ily with­stand kids and pets. An out­door TV and ceil­ing­mounted heat strips have made the deck a sought-af­ter space, with full bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties on one side and ca­sual seat­ing on the other. “We’re al­ways en­ter­tain­ing,” says Ni­cola. “Mostly bar­be­cues and par­ties with ex­tended fam­ily and friends.”

Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion, the ul­tra-so­cial fam­ily lived in a short­term rental nearby so they could closely mon­i­tor its progress. “Mark would send us pic­tures of pool toys and sun lounges, at­tach­ing sub­tle mo­ti­va­tional notes such as, ‘I’ll be sit­ting on this in my pool at Christ­mas’ – they were funny yet ef­fec­tive,” says He­len. “But the job was fin­ished in time and the fam­ily did get to en­joy that sum­mer in their pool!”

He­len and her fam­ily have also spent time around the Laceys’ new pool. “We’re proud to call them friends now,” she says. “We shared very com­mon val­ues about what home means to us… and how we all want to feel proud of where we live.” DCB, Ro­seville, NSW; (02) 8399 3333 or Bay Land­scapes, North Ep­ping, NSW; 0404 895 942.

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