Tassie cou­ple face home truth on ren­o­va­tion show

Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - ANNE MATHER

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.

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