Hom­ing in on friendly ri­vals

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NEW ren­o­va­tion se­ries House Rules is packed with drama and doesn’t need a ‘‘hor­ren­dous’’ cast to carry the show, says host Jo­hanna Griggs.

She men­tions this be­cause the Seven Net­work re­al­ity se­ries has been cre­ated by the mak­ers of My Kitchen Rules, which be­came a bit of a soapie drama this se­ries thanks to cast ri­valry.

Griggs says there is more than enough stress in the tasks given to six cou­ples, one from each state, to ren­o­vate an en­tire house within a week for ten­sion to erupt on cam­era.

‘‘There is not one hor­ri­ble or nasty per­son on the show,’’ Griggs says. ‘‘There’s enough drama in home ren­o­va­tion when you have bud­get and time re­straints . . . so you don’t need to cast hor­ren­dous peo­ple for this show.’’

In House Rules, all six teams put their own home up for ren­o­va­tion. Each cou­ple va­cates their home while the re­main­ing five teams ren­o­vate the en­tire house; re­mov­ing fur­ni­ture, walls, ceil­ing plas­ter and even re­lo­cat­ing bath­rooms.

There’s also the need to re­move pests and an­i­mals, such as a pos­sum that kept re­turn­ing to one home while it was still be­ing ren­o­vated.

All im­prove­ments are com­pleted un­der guide­lines pro­vided by the home own­ers. The six teams (pic­tured) are Michelle and Steve (from NSW), Nick and Chris (Vic), Amy and Sean (Qld), Carly and Leighton (SA), Jemma and Ben (WA) and Jane and Plinio (Tas).

‘‘It’s a bunch of like­able Aus­tralians with amaz­ing back sto­ries,’’ Griggs says.

‘‘Af­ter the first ren­o­va­tion they were just so proud they fin­ished and it took un­til the last house be­fore it hit home that it was a com­pe­ti­tion and the friend­ships ended.’’

De­signer Carolyn Burns-McCrave and build su­per­vi­sor Ch­ester Drife over­see the teams as they each ren­o­vate their des­ig­nated zone in the house.

Stand­ing in judg­ment are ar­chi­tect Joe Snell and Home Beau­ti­ful edi­tor Wendy Moore, who score each team’s ren­o­va­tion. The last word on the re­sults rests with the home own­ers. The teams have to work in­de­pen­dently on their own zone within the house but they also have to work as a team to en­sure each room com­ple­ments the other.

‘‘In the end, it’s their own homes and they have to live with what is left,’’ Griggs says.

House Rules, premieres Tues­day, 7.30pm, Seven, 7Prime.

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