Homing in on friendly rivals
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.