Putting in the hard yards

DE­TER­MI­NA­TION RE­WARDS HOUSE RULES DUO

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

THEY are the team that keeps scrap­ing through by one point but Mt Druitt’s Steve and Tiana Fal­zon have se­cured a top three spot on House Rules.

Ms Fal­zon said de­spite sur­viv­ing the elim­i­na­tion it was a bit­ter­sweet end to the gar­den trans­for­ma­tions.

“I was def­i­nitely blown away and did not ex­pect any of it,” she said. “I was dumb- founded and I could not be­lieve what was go­ing on but it was most sad to see (SA team) Ryan and Mar­lee go - we were dev­as­tated about that.”

Af­ter scor­ing high points for their first gar­den fix-up in Queens­land, the fa­ther-and-daugh­ter duo had to re­vamp the front­yard in South Aus­tralia.

Ms Fal­zon said she let her fa­ther take the lead.

Mr Fal­zon said: “I was re­ally ex­cited but at the same time it put a lot of pres­sure on me, know­ing that if we failed it was go­ing to be on my hands. But you could not think about those things.”

They bal­anced two mis­matched front decks and put in a roof over the two ren- dered walls and painted the raised gar­den beds, added plants, cre­ated a bold path­way and laid some coloured fea­ture tiles in the en­trance.

The judges scored NSW a to­tal of 14 out of 20, which put them one point ahead of the elim­i­nated team and four points be­hind the team at the top of the leader­board.

Mr Fal­zon said the big­gest les­son the team had learned was to keep calm.

“For us, it was just to not panic and to keep con­cen­trat­ing on the fi­nal goal, to keep go­ing and go­ing un­til the clock stops,” he said.

The pair will now have to com­pete with the other two teams in a fi­nal chal­lenge for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

Pic­tures cour­tesy of Chan­nel 7

Steve and Tiana recre­ated South Aus­tralia's front­yard in the sec­ond half of the gar­dens trans­for­ma­tions, which put them through to the top three and (top right and bot­tom right) Ryan and Mar­lee’s house be­fore the show started and how it looks now.

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