Renos rule the roost
They’re the last couples standing in House Rules. And as the work- horses take on the dark horses, it’s mate against mate. Debbie Schipp reports
AS couples, House Rules’ Adam Dovile and Lisa Lamond and Russell and Carole Bramston couldn’t be further apart. Victorians Adam and Lisa – he the tradie and she the rookie renovator – had few dustups despite barely surviving early rounds of the reality renovation show.
Meanwhile, the Bramstons were always up to the workload, set to a background noise of continual bickering.
But all have risen from the renovation rubble to be the last duos standing in tonight’s grand fi nal. With a life- changing mortgage payout out the line, you’d think the gloves would be off.
But for Lisa, 29, and Carole, 53, rivalry was replaced by a mentor- style motherdaughter relationship early in the competition.
Lisa struggled with no design experience and there were times, she admits, the show almost broke her.
Enter Carole, with tips and support to buoy her younger counterpart.
“I call Carole my inappropriate mother. She’s tops,” Lisa says.
“She was always on the phone and I was thinking, ‘ It doesn’t look like she’s doing that much’. Then I realised she was a smart operator.”
Carole’s heart went out to Lisa as she struggled.
“Defi nitely we had a bit of a mother- daughter thing because I missed my daughters dreadfully,” she says.
“Lisa was up and down, so it was nice to be able to use my motherly instincts to care for her a little bit.” The rival teams have showcased two very different – but equally formidable – personal relationships. For Adam and Lisa, while the pressure of competition threatened to beat them, their relationship was never in doubt.
“I had to sink or swim. There were times I was devastated and thought I might sink,” Lisa says.
“I’m a fi ghter but there’s only so many times you can get kicked around. Luckily I had Ads to pull me back up.”
Meanwhile, a formidable reputation for being workhorses wasn’t the only thing Carole and Russell were building.
They warned viewers that they argued all the time, and they delivered.
“We’ve just perfected arguing,” Russell laughs.
“We married in 2004, so I’ve had a while to get used to it. I worked out early that it’s much easier to just go with whatever Carole wants.”
Carole cheerfully acknowledges Russell’s summation is spot on.
“Are we workhorses? I’m probably more a whipper than workhorse,” she laughs.
“And Russell’s OK with that, he knows what suits and I know what suits him.”
Victory tonight will give one couple’s lives one heck of a reboot.
For Lisa, who will marry Adam in September, “a career change for me fi rst, and, post- wedding, trying for children”.
“I’m more in love with Adam than ever, and this has cemented that we have such a long future ahead of us. It’s nice to come out of this experience with those thoughts,” she says.
“We’ve been engaged for nearly two years, so getting married is more pressing. But once we do that, Ads has got no more excuses.
“I’ve always been career- focused, but it’s always been a one- track career in human resources. This has expanded my view on the possibilities.”
For Carole and Russell, victory would also mean a new career direction – possibly in design – for Carole, who had to leave her job working for a council to be part of the show. Carol reckons losing is still a good scenario. “To have that mortgage paid would be insane. But we already have a tremendous home with beautiful garden. I still have to pinch myself to believe it’s there,” she says.
HOUSE RULES GRAND FINAL
Southern Cross, tonight, 6.30pm