Family so tall they struggle with normal-sized furniture and had to modify home to fit inside

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A family-of-five who are over 6ft 2in tall have had to modify their home to suit their unusual height.

Christine Temara, 60, and her husband Mike, 62, sons Shane, 26, and Troy, 24, and daughter Marie, 27, range in height from 6ft 2in to 6ft 10in.

The family, from Florida, had to make changes to their home including having worktops raised so they’re not bending over to complete normal day-to-day tasks.

Marie has gone viral on TikTok showing how her height allows her to close high cabinets with her feet and peer over showers.  

Christine is 6ft 5in has organised most of the house’s alterations including having shower heads raised and king-size toilets installed.

Marie Temara, 27, is 6ft 2in and can close cabinets with her feet. However, her parents and brother are all taller than her

Marie Temara, 27, is 6ft 2in and can close cabinets with her feet. However, her parents and brother are all taller than her

Her mother Christine, 60, is an amazing 6ft 5in and has three children who are all more than six feet tall. She explained their ceilings are 12ft high to accommodate them

Her mother Christine, 60, is an amazing 6ft 5in and has three children who are all more than six feet tall. She explained their ceilings are 12ft high to accommodate them

Marie has posted videos to Tik Tok showing her head peeking over the top of the shower, indicating how tall she is

Marie has posted videos to Tik Tok showing her head peeking over the top of the shower, indicating how tall she is

Christine Temara, 60, (centre) and her husband Mike, 62, (second from left) sons Shane, 26, (second from right) and Troy, 24, (right) and daughter Marie, 27, (left) range in height from 6ft 2in to 6ft 10in.

Christine Temara, 60, (centre) and her husband Mike, 62, (second from left) sons Shane, 26, (second from right) and Troy, 24, (right) and daughter Marie, 27, (left) range in height from 6ft 2in to 6ft 10in.

She said: ‘We have high ceilings, so we don’t feel that our house is too small for us, and we’ve had huge 12-foot doors put in, so we don’t have to duck to get in and out.

‘We even have king-size toilets that are higher than average. They’re too small otherwise. My legs get in the way.

‘We are big people living in a small world. People point out my height and tell me I’m too tall, and they stare at me a lot.

‘Clothes don’t fit, shoes don’t fit. I can’t find shoes anywhere. Troy wears size 16 shoes and Shane is a size 14 – they’re impossible to find!

‘It’s nice to have sons taller than me though. I wouldn’t have had a family, or even a relationship, with Mike if he was on the shorter side.

‘It’s also nice being looked up to though and having people who want to be like us. We all aim to inspire people with our height.’

The tallest family member is Troy, who is 6ft 10in, and has used his height to his advantage, becoming a professional basketball player.

Troy, 24, is 6ft 10in, and has used his height to his advantage, becoming a professional basketball player

Troy, 24, is 6ft 10in, and has used his height to his advantage, becoming a professional basketball player

Christine is from Syracuse, New York, and met her husband Mike while the pair were playing professional basketball in New Zealand

Christine is from Syracuse, New York, and met her husband Mike while the pair were playing professional basketball in New Zealand

Troy, who’s currently in New Zealand due to his career, is putting up with normal-sized furniture for now, instead of the adapted luxuries of the family home.

Troy said: ‘I’ve become accustomed to ducking under doorways, light fixtures and shower heads.’

His brother Shane is in a similar situation in Germany where he’s also playing basketball professionally.

Shane said: ‘I’m not fitting into my surroundings comfortably. I’m breaking the chair I sit on because it’s too small for me, and I’m bigger than my bed.

‘Showers and doorways in Europe are small, so I have to duck. I have aches and pains from bending over. Right now, I can’t physically bend.

Former accountant Marie has documented her life as an unusually tall person on Tik Tok to millions of people

Former accountant Marie has documented her life as an unusually tall person on Tik Tok to millions of people

Mother-of-three Christine admitted it was sometimes expensive to feed all her incredibly tall children

Mother-of-three Christine admitted it was sometimes expensive to feed all her incredibly tall children

Although being tall has its inconveniences, Troy and Shane see the positive side too and wouldn’t dream of wanting to be shorter.

Troy said: ‘It makes me feel safe. I can walk anywhere. People remember me because I’m tall. Kids look up to me for doing my basketball.’

Shane added: ‘Men get the better end of the stick. Being a tall guy is considered cool which makes it easy.

‘Everyone, girls especially, like a tall dude. We are inspirations, just for being tall.’

Meanwhile Marie resorts to wearing men’s shoes and clothes a lot of the time, and is too tall for her Mustang, making it a challenge to get in and out of the car.

She said: ‘Growing up tall was hard, I got bullied because of it, like Christine did, but I love being tall now and I enjoy creating content about it.

‘I am proud of and more confident about my height and want to inspire and encourage other young women to feel the same positivity.

Although being tall has its inconveniences, Troy and Shane see the positive side too and wouldn't dream of wanting to be shorter

Although being tall has its inconveniences, Troy and Shane see the positive side too and wouldn’t dream of wanting to be shorter

‘It’s different being the shortest family member when I’m taller than most people, but it’s funny because at home, I get picked on for being the shortest, but out of the house, people love to ask me questions about being tall and it’s always all eyes on me.

‘Our height is normal to us but interesting to other people, who will stare, point, and ask to take pictures.

‘Our house is built for us with higher appliances and taller shower heads.

‘Everything at home has had to be adapted, like our mirrors are custom ones that are extra high.

‘We all sleep on California King XL’s, and we have double-stacked mattresses to stop our feet hanging off our beds!’

Whilst the children were growing up, Christine recalls how expensive it was trying to feed them all.

Christine said: ‘Being tall makes everything more expensive.

‘Their appetite meant my grocery shop would cost 400 dollars a week, so I would have to work hard and commit to long hour shifts.

‘It wasn’t uncommon to go through a gallon of milk a day and packs upon packs of noodles.’

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