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“W CASE STUDY #1 THE BEHAN FAMILY

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e bought our house in Hurlstone Park, in Sydney’s inner west, in 2010 when our son Archie was just six weeks old. He’s 10 now and his sister Harriet is eight. At the end of 2019 we moved in with my mother so we could renovate. The focus was on creating space, especially for outdoor entertaini­ng.

It was a significan­t build. We kept the facade of the house and the front three rooms, but the rear of the house was knocked down. We added a new extension on the ground floor and a second storey as well. And we put in a pool.

Design and build company Home Impact started on the house in February 2020 and we were back in just before Christmas. Having someone project manage the process made a massive difference. We both work and it meant we didn’t have to worry about dealing directly with contractor­s and tradespeop­le.

We’re loving having more space. Especially since COVID. Home is so important. It’s where we spend all of our time. Before the renovation we didn’t have an outdoor area we could eat and relax in. Now we have a nice big deck overlookin­g the pool and enough room for a dining and lounge area outside. And, because we opted for glass fencing we can see the kids swimming from the deck and know they’re safe.

We’ve been having a lot of meals outside and it’s just lovely to have the pool for the kids to enjoy and for us too. We now have a true relaxed, holiday-at-home lifestyle. We love being able to spend time at home with the children happily entertaine­d and within sight and to have friends and family over.”

Farrah, 42, and Chris Behan, 48, with children Archie, 10 and Harriet, 8, of Hurlstone Park, Sydney. A glass fence makes this

pool a clear winner

We can sit on the deck and watch the kids swimming

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