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With Bris­bane’s sub-trop­i­cal cli­mate, it’s not sur­pris­ing the fam­ily spends a lot of time on the deck and in the back­yard. “Our kids pretty much live in the pool. Rain, hail or shine, they’re in there – even in the mid­dle of win­ter,” Brooke says. The couple says their de­ci­sion to ex­tend the deck when they first moved into the home has re­ally paid off. “We wanted to make it feel more like an out­door room and we wanted two ‘zones’, one for din­ing and the other for re­lax­ing.” Now they eat din­ner on the deck every night in sum­mer, while the re­laxed lounge area on the deck is per­fect for the par­ents to rest while watch­ing their young kids in the pool. “Plus, down the side of the house we have three vegie patches that do re­ally well. We grow herbs and all sorts of veg­eta­bles – it’s John’s pride and joy,” she says.

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