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Designing the perfect family home

The Paice family home has the perfect space for everyone, from the super-sized family room to the girls’ dream playhouse


Posted: 31 August 2011
by Junior


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Despite it only being a small garden, Keely has created a fun and magical space for the girls whilst also retaining a stylish area where she and Matt can sit and have some time outdoors. Afiya and Eleni had been very keen on having an outdoor playhouse, so Keely decided to give it a go and build one herself. “I didn’t want to pay a few thousand pounds – which I’d been quoted by a few companies – so I decided it couldn’t be that difficult to do it myself,” she laughs. She had the builders lay steel posts for the supporting structure, then the rest was left to Keely’s ingenuity. 

Building the playhouse upwards created more space as well as room for storage. There’s even space for a fantastic recycled tyre horse swing underneath. To keep the garden easy to maintain, Keely opted for AstroTurf as opposed to real grass, which is a lot less hassle and has the benefit of not having brown patches in the summer. From up in the playhouse, the girls have a perfect vantage point from which they can chat to neighbours – and they will often invite Alice from next door round to play. “I love having the house full of children. Afiya is so sociable that she lines up playdates after school every day,” says Keely. 

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