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Take it outside

Being outside — it’s a temptation most of us just can’t resist, even more so when we want to share good food and good times with the people we love. Family lunches, dinner parties, movie nights — we now take all of these activities, and more, outdoors. Of course, Australians have always loved to entertain under the sun or stars, but now outdoor entertaining is often a more sophisticated affair, with zones for lounging, dining and cooking.

Today, most outdoor entertaining areas flow from our main indoor living spaces, creating an effortless transition from inside to out. In fact, making it possible to enjoy indooroutdoor living has become a priority when designing a home, as has creating alfresco spaces that can be used in various ways by different family members.

“Having a modern, multifunctional outdoor living space is now a must,” says Nathan Thurston, marketing manager of McDonald Jones Homes. “Aussies love the great

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