Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

IT WAS the highly an­tic­i­pated home re­veal on House Rules on Sun­day night, which over­whelmed Mt Druitt’s Steve and Tiana.

There were tears of hap­pi­ness, ac­cord­ing to the fa­ther-and-daugh­ter team, who said they were pleased with the trans­for­ma­tion of their three-bed­room home.

“I was ab­so­lutely blown away when I walked in to the house, it was way more than I ex­pected,” Mr Fal­zon.

“I have al­ways had plans to try and do my own house up, but never to that mag­ni­tude, and they (other teams) did an un­be­liev­able job.”

For Ms Fal­zon, who said the house looked “amaz­ing,” her emo­tion came from the joy she felt watch­ing the fam­ily re­act to the changes.

“See­ing how much that house was go­ing to change my dad’s life, my broth­ers’ and (Steve’s part­ner) Deanne’s lives, it re­ally hit home … I was so glad they loved what they were walk­ing in to,” she said. Mr Fal­zon’s 1960s, yel­low-brick house was in dire need of an over­haul. In a week, the other teams recre­ated its in­te­rior, work­ing with Steve and Tiana’s five house rules.

The pair said the un­writ­ten and most im­por­tant rule for other teams was to keep the home’s essence and mem­o­ries. Mr Fal­zon’s wife and Ms Fal­zon’s mother, Danielle, died 19 years ago.

“I don’t know how they did it but the best part of it is that when you walk in it still feels like home,” Mr Fal­zon said, adding that he was grate­ful of how the other teams kept old pho­tos.

The favourite parts of the house were the boys’ per­son­alised bed­rooms and the com­bined kitchen, living and dining room that has pol­ished con­crete floors.

The duo gave Queens­land’s Ben and Danielle the high­est score, a nine out of 10. They had one of the boys’ bed­rooms and the living room.

“It is def­i­nitely not a house I can be em­bar­rassed of any more but one that I am proud of and want to show off now,” Mr Fal­zon said.


The open-plan de­sign has com­bined the kitchen, dining room and lounge­room of Steve and Tiana’s house and (inset) the fa­ther-and-daugh­ter team.

Bath­room be­fore and af­ter in NSW team Steve and Tiana's home on House Rules.

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