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ara Demm­rich read­ily ad­mits that she and hus­band Kyal don’t know how to re­lax. This is not all that sur­pris­ing, given the duo run a suc­cess­ful de­sign and con­struc­tion busi­ness. But she did re­cently give birth to sec­ond child Vada (named af­ter the “strong and in­de­pen­dent” char­ac­ter from the 1991 film My Girl), and un­der typ­i­cal cir­cum­stances she would prob­a­bly con­sider pop­ping the lit­tle one in a bouncer so she could go about de­mol­ish­ing a kitchen. There’s just one small is­sue: the cou­ple haven’t found

the right kitchen to de­mol­ish re­cently – let alone the right house.

“We’ve been look­ing for months and we haven’t found one yet. It’s prob­a­bly a bit of a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause it has forced us to not be ren­o­vat­ing,” Kara, 31, tells Stel­lar. Not that the duo is com­pletely project-free. Kyal, 32, is busy build­ing a cubby house for son Ziya, who is al­most two, and they main­tain a raft of reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on Net­work Ten’s The Liv­ing Room.

Still, their cur­rent pace is much slower than what Kyal and Kara are used to. Since plac­ing third on the Nine Net­work’s series The Block: Fans v Faves in 2014, they have ploughed ahead. Aside from start­ing their busi­ness, they have been in­volved in more than 28 ren­o­va­tion projects and auc­tioned off three houses (in­clud­ing one on The Block). Not bad for a pair who once had just $30 per week to put to­wards a sav­ings ac­count.

Their fo­cus, drive and calm de­meanour have made Kyal and Kara, af­fec­tion­ately known as the Su­per Ks on The Block, one of the most well-liked cou­ples to ap­pear on the ren­o­va­tion show. “We just felt re­ally priv­i­leged to even be there,” Kyal says. “I mean, there were def­i­nitely some pretty tough times as the weeks pro­gressed. But we kept re­mind­ing our­selves that it’s such an hon­our to have this ex­pe­ri­ence, and that not many peo­ple get to do it.”

The serene vibe they ex­ude does not mean they don’t bicker like a nor­mal cou­ple. Kara laughs as she ad­mits: “We do ar­gue. All our close friends and tradies would agree with that! But we try to be re­spect­ful when we talk to each other. There are so many times I want to just bite his head off. But you’ve got to be pa­tient.”

They met and fell in love when they were aged just 16 and 17, so af­ter 15 years to­gether the duo like to think they know each other even bet­ter than their own selves. “We don’t of­ten have blow-ups. And at the end of the day, The Block is just a TV show,” Kyal says. “Our mar­riage and the re­spect we have for each other takes a front seat.”

So do their chil­dren. Hav­ing Ziya and Vada gave Kara “rel­a­tively pos­i­tive birthing ex­pe­ri­ences”, and she went through hyp­no­birthing train­ing dur­ing her preg­nancy with Vada. “I felt, men­tally, in a re­ally good place. I had the first part of my labour at home with Kyal and my mum,” she says. “We were able to put Ziya to bed and say good­night to him, know­ing that the next time I saw him we would have an­other lit­tle one.” For Kyal, Vada’s birth was all the more spe­cial be­cause he helped de­liver the baby. “I was pretty stoked to be a part of that,” he says, his voice tinged with pride. “It was a mir­a­cle. I could talk about it all day.”

Ziya is en­joy­ing be­ing a big brother, al­though his par­ents agree he can be a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­tic. “He runs and jumps on her – you’ve got to ex­plain that ba­bies are very del­i­cate and you need to be gen­tle. I say ‘gen­tle’ about 100 times a day,” Kara says. “He’s ob­sessed with lit­tle Match­box cars at the mo­ment and he’ll just go and plonk them on her face.”

De­spite hav­ing two kids un­der two and a busi­ness to run, Kyal de­clares he would hap­pily re­turn for an­other sea­son on The Block: “Yes, 100 per cent” is his firm an­swer. Kara, on the other hand, is not so sure.

“I don’t know that I could be­cause I’ve got two kids now,” she says. “I can’t imag­ine leav­ing them for that amount of time. A credit to the fam­i­lies who do it – I know they’re do­ing it to get ahead – but I don’t think I could leave them.” There’s a pause. “It would be re­ally hard to turn down, though…”

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