House Rules

There are just days to go in the renovation of Brooke and Grant’s country cottage. What drama and mayhem will happen tonight?

Brooke and Grant’s House Rules are:

1. Style us country farmhouse with a rustic charm

2. Delight our kids with fantasy bedrooms

3. Come up with creative storage solutions x 7

4. Calm us all down with olive and moss tones

5. Indulge us with a claw foot slipper bath

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It’s House Rules time again.

The house being renovated, and also extended this week is Brooke and Grant’s house in Tasmania.

Brooke and Grant’s House Rules are:

1. Style us country farmhouse with a rustic charm

2. Delight our kids with fantasy bedrooms

3. Come up with creative storage solutions x 7

4. Calm us all down with olive and moss tones

5. Indulge us with a claw foot slipper bath

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Welcome to the fourth week of House Rules.

This week, the house being renovated is Brooke and Grant’s house in Tasmania. The house is a 2 and a ½ bedroom cottage for 9 people! The aim is to not only renovate the house, but also extend it, to increase the size to 5 bedrooms. The house currently has a mortgage of $250 000. That is the smallest mortgage by far, but really, what they are getting out of this competition is an amazing new home, even if they were to come last

7 children under 8 – that means that in a few years there will be 7 teenagers in their house – Lord have mercy!

Brooke and Grant’s parting words are to turn Grant’s house into a combined house for both families. Brooke says, “I hate carpet”, and also to consider the children, and that they aren’t little forever – so perhaps no racing car or Barbie doll themed rooms then?

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Welcome back to the reveal of Adam and Lisa’s Melbourne home. My money is on a win for Bomber and Mel or Brooke and Grant (because they have kept their spaces cleaner and simpler). Some of the other designs are a bit garish. 

Adam and Lisa’s House Rules are:

1. Create a modern showstopper

2. Deliver a wow statement in every room

3. Give us earthy tones and pops of pattern

4. Glam it up with mirrors and wallpaper

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Welcome back to the final renovation of House Rules, with two days left in the renovation of Adam and Lisa’s Melbourne home.

Adam and Lisa’s House Rules are:

1. Create a modern showstopper

2. Deliver a wow statement in every room

3. Give us earthy tones and pops of pattern

4. Glam it up with mirrors and wallpaper

5. Make our bedroom a moody boudoir

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Welcome back to the next episode of House Rules as we see the renovation of Adam and Lisa.

Adam and Lisa’s House Rules are:

1. Create a modern showstopper

2. Deliver a wow statement in every room

3. Give us earthy tones and pops of pattern

4. Glam it up with mirrors and wallpaper

5. Make our bedroom a moody boudoir

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Welcome to the third week of House Rules.

This week, the house being renovated is Adam and Lisa’s, from Perth. They have a 1960s weatherboard cottage affectionately known as the ‘old lady’ in the Melbourne suburbs. They have a mortgage of $546, 000. Melbourne prices are WOW WOW WOW. The house is definitely in need of a renovation, and in Lisa’s own words, is falling apart. They have to plunge the loo every time they use it. Russell calls it the worst house in the best street.

Adam and Lisa’s parting words are to keep the drum kit (Adam has been playing drums since he was 10). Luckily it is an electric drum kit so they wont have to worry about soundproofing.

As a reward for winning last week’s first renovation, Maddi and Lloyd get to choose their own zone. They also get to allocate everyone else’s zones. I think the hardest zone would be dining room, bathroom and deck, because they are spaced in three separate areas in the house.

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Welcome back to the second reveal night of House Rules where we get to see the finished result of Carole and Russells renovation.

Two expert judges – architect Joe Snell and Home Beautiful editor Wendy Moore – will score the renovations out of 10 and then Carole and Russell who will have the final say, also score each room out of 10.

Carole and Russell’s House Rules are:

1. Style us industrial chic

2. Create a butler’s pantry with a barn door

3. Give us a stunning alfresco dining room

4. Vintage-luxe our bedroom

5. Shower our bathrooms in champagne and chocolate

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We are down to the wire in the week two reno of Carole and Russell’s in Perth.

Carole and Russell’s House Rules are:

1. Style us industrial chic

2. Create a butler’s pantry with a barn door

3. Give us a stunning alfresco dining room

4. Vintage-luxe our bedroom

5. Shower our bathrooms in champagne and chocolate

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We are back at the half way point of the week two reno of Carole and Russell’s in Perth.

Carole and Russell’s House Rules are:

1. Style us industrial chic

2. Create a butler’s pantry with a barn door

3. Give us a stunning alfresco dining room

4. Vintage-luxe our bedroom

5. Shower our bathrooms in champagne and chocolate

Bomber and Mel (SA) Living, Linen and Front Deck

  • Bomber is struggling with a bad knee, which will slow him down.
  • Mel takes on the challenge of being the labourer for the day while Bomber heads off to Harvey Norman.
  • Mel is struggling with the heat but managers to sort out a major structural issue to do with the deck and has gained a lot of confidence.
  • Bomber is on the hunt for an industrial chic pendant light. Once he sorts that out he heads to the pub for a beer and a bet.
  • The editors cut between Mel working hard with Bomber stuffing around at the pub.
  • While working on the deck, Bomber is stung by a bee. His throat begins to swell up so they head to the first aid lady. He heads to the hospital because of the allergic reaction.
  • Their deck is coming along well – Carole and Russell will love it.
  • They have decided to take the floorboards all the way up the wall in the living room.
  • On the other side of the room they are installing a feature potbelly stove.

Candy and Ryan (NSW) Master bedroom, deck, laundry and hallway

  • Ryan, Mr. Competitive, wants to prove that he can build the fastest walls.
  • He is getting a bit cocky, so hopefully pride doesn’t come before a fall.
  • Candy is looking to ‘vintage-luxe’ the master bedroom. Carole explains that vintage luxe is something that is made to look old with the vibe of comfort and luxury. Candy is struggling to find anything and she is taking her sweet time to make her decisions.
  • Ryan found a piece of art that he thinks fits the house rules. They are going to make a feature bed head with a recessed section for the vintage artwork.
  • Candy goes to get the art, but it does not look very vintage. She tries to measure the frame using the tape measure, but can’t figure it out (she has it on the millimeters side).
  • She is going to look for another piece of art and tell Ryan that the one he wants is out of stock. They have got some good honesty in their relationship. The new art that Candy found is a LOT different, but I think it is much better.
  • She chooses a old style mirror and also needs to pick up a chair that Ryan picked out. When Candy sees the chair, she is unconvinced (I tend to agree with her) and makes her own choice. The chair she chose was much better.

Adam and Lisa (VIC) Guest bedroom and bathroom

  • Princess Lisa is struggling without a shower, a mirror and a place to do her hair and make up. How will she survive?
  • Adam tries to set up for a shower but the shower tent collapses on top of him.
  • Grant has left a gap between his zone and Adams, so there is a void. Neither of them is going to back down. If I were Adam, I would just extend the bathroom.
  • Carolyn, the designer, tells them to sort it out. Adam ends up compromising because we all know that Grant wouldn’t. He gets the idea from Carolyn to use the void to create a seat for the shower.
  • There is a lot to do in the bathroom – Maddi and Lloyd managed to get their waterproofing done a day earlier, and Adam and Lisa still haven’t waterproofed their zone.
  • Work is being held up in Adam and Lisa’s bathroom while they wait for screed to be laid.
  • Lisa is struggling to find someone to waterproof the bathroom but the advantage of tenting on site is that they could get someone to come at a random time like 4am.
  • She negotiates for a waterproofer to come early in the morning, as long as the screed (or screet as she calls it) is fully dry.
  • They set up a gas heater to dry the screed, but they realise later in the night that the heater has run out of gas. Tune in next time to see how they solve it!

Maddi and Lloyd (QLD) Ensuite and walk in robe

  • Maddi, Lisa and Candy get annoyed with Brooke for being such a selfish ________ (insert word). Fair call I think.
  • Lloyd has realised that his ensuite window glass is frosted. That means that the epic view won’t be seen from the luxury spa bath. I really hope he fixes that or they will be goners. It sounds like he IS going to get it fixed so that’s good. Unfortunately he can’t get a hold of the glass people, and the time constraints mean they might be stuck with the frosted glass.
  • They have also chosen dark tiles for their ensuite (to fit the house rule involving chocolate), which I think will close in the space.
  • The luxury spa has arrived, but the frosted glass is still in place.

Brooke and Grant (TAS) Kitchen and pantry

  • Brooke and Grant have their 7 kids living in a two-bedroom home. No wonder they are so focused on winning at all costs.
  • Grant has arrived on site early to ensure the back wall of the butler pantry goes in before anyone can encroach on his space.
  • Once again, when the contestants all need to help carry up plasterboard for the days work, Brooke sits it out while everyone else, including Bomber with his sore knee, get on with it. Is she above a little hard work? I cannot stand that girl. I don’t think this team has thought about how they would be portrayed on TV, or maybe they just don’t care. The editors will be having a field day.
  • At least she gets her comeuppance, from her teammate nonetheless. He refers to the other female contestants as “the pretty girls”. LOW!
  • Grant is frustrated with the house because nothing is flush or straight.
  • They are working on their barn door from the recycled bed head. It looks awesome. Cut to Carole and Russell talking about how much they hate the bed head. There is a huge gap at the top and the bottom of the barn door. That is a big fail.
  • The designer points out that a butler’s pantry should really have a sink, but they refuse to listen to her (EVEN THOUGH ITS HER JOB TO KNOW THAT KIND OF THING). The point of a butler’s pantry is to make most of your cooking mess out of the kitchen and be able to close the door on it and still have a clean kitchen. The last thing you want to be doing is traipsing back and forth from the butler’s pantry to the kitchen sink. 

Winners at this stage:

  • Candy and Ryan – I like the design of their Master Bedroom, their furniture choices and their artwork.

Losers at this stage:

  • Maddi and Lloyd – Frosted glass will NOT go down well and dark tiles could close in their space.
  • Bomber and Mel – Health and fitness issues are putting them behind.
  • Brooke and Grant – Losers in attitudes if nothing else! Also, the barn door with the huge gaps, and lack of butler sink are issues that could cost them.

Adam and Lisa – They are so far behind, will they even finish?