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Build­ing a re­laxed but stylish en­ter­tain­ing area for all sea­sons was a pri­or­ity for Ni­cole and Tony. “The ex­ist­ing un­cov­ered out­door area was over­heated and glary dur­ing the day – even the door han­dles were too hot to touch,” says Ni­cole. And it had to be spa­cious. “We love hav­ing peo­ple over but never had a big enough seat­ing area. The cov­ered al­fresco area, lead­ing straight off the kitchen, with the large din­ing ta­ble right near the bi­fold doors, was the per­fect so­lu­tion.” As the fam­ily likes to cook out­doors all year round, a built-in bar­be­cue was in­stalled, along with an ex­haust hood and glossy black cab­i­nets with grey sur­faces. Ni­cole fur­nished it with an out­door lounge set­ting bought dur­ing their ex­pat years in Mi­ami, a tim­ber bench and cus­tom­made cush­ions. A huge deck joins the cov­ered area and pool, cre­at­ing a wellused, versatile space which has hosted ev­ery­thing from large cor­po­rate din­ners and kids’ birthday par­ties to pre-din­ner drinks and book club nights. The out­door area has eas­ily be­come Ni­cole’s favourite room in her home. “It is a lovely, breezy, loung­ing happy place,” she says.

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