ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS
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.