HOUSE RULES RENO REVEAL
Tassie couple face home truth on renovation show
AFTER six months juggling the dual stresses of reality-TV and renovating other people’s homes, Tasmania’s House Rules contestants are about to face their own home’s transformation.
The Hobart couple, Ella Cuthbert and Sean MacKay, will face the big reveal on air tonight — when Australia peers inside their Eastern Shore home after a blitz by teams on the reality-TV show.
The pair, who are both 24 and both paramedics, asked the House Rules contestants to transform their 1960s fixer-upper into something serene, as a remedy from the demands of their work.
“We wanted somewhere that was calming, somewhere to relax after a hard day at work,” Ms Cuthbert said.
They also requested an interior design that was a mix of Scandinavian and industrial, with an emphasis on wall textures and a dash of “soft pinks and greenery”.
“We want indoor plants, but they have to be real — we don’t want plastic plants,” Ms Cuthbert said.
The pair are one of six state-based teams on House Rules who renovate each other’s homes to compete for a $200,000 cash prize.
Each team sets out style guidelines for their own home, but do not see the result until the “big reveal” on TV.
The Tasmanian couple said they had learned a lot of new skills through renovating other people’s homes.
“I really enjoyed all the physical work and I learnt heaps of new skills,” Mr MacKay said.
Ms Cuthbert said they came into the series with no building experience at all, so learning while being filmed for television was hard.
“It’s really tough, you are up at 5am every day, filming and building, sometimes until 10pm,” she said.
Ms Cuthbert said she couldn’t wait to see inside their own home.
“We are really excited to see what the teams have done,” she said.
The childhood sweethearts, who are engaged to be married, bought the Hobart house in April last year.
The brick-veneer home was very dated, with moss green tiles in the bathroom and brown tiles in the kitchen.
“It had not been touched since the 1960s,” Mr MacKay said.
There are two more house reveals after tonight, leading to a grand final on the show later in June.
s really tough, you are up at 5am every day, filming and building, sometimes until 10pm. ELLA CUTHBERT, HOUSE RULES CONTESTANT
House Rules screens on Southern Cross TV tonight
REVEAL TIME: House Rules contestants Ella Cuthbert and Sean MacKay.