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The Hale-Jo family may think their house tour is over, but Nate has another surprise in store. Next to the main house, construction crews built a special room just for Jade, Izzy, Lily and Ty.

This deluxe playhouse is the perfect place for the kids to do homework or arts and crafts. Large windows also make it easy for Kari to keep an eye on things from inside the kitchen.

Tour the kids' surprise playroom. Watch

Ty doesn't waste any time. Within minutes, he's coloring at the small table in the middle of the room, while his cousins check out the cork boards hanging on the wall. "I don't feel like this is real," Izzy says. "It feels good."

Nate says creating this room was a dream come true for him. "I thought it would be great for the girls to have a place where they could go that was completely their little world," he says. "You can kind of even leave it messy. ... It was a fantasy for me that I wanted to make for these guys."

Kari says their larger, more functional house has already changed the way they interact as a family. "One thing I love about it already is that there are these synched areas," she says. "There's kids' space, family space and grown-up space. That just loosens everything up. Everybody has more space."
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Published on June 24, 2009

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