Frame­work of a hit

Watch­ing con­tes­tants break down or fire up is en­ter­tain­ing, but the best mo­ments of HouseRules are the ren­o­va­tions, writes SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

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THERE are re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion shows where the ac­tual build­ing work takes a back seat to man­u­fac­tured drama and big per­son­al­i­ties.

And then there’s House Rules. Yes, the Chan­nel Seven se­ries has its fair share of clashes, emo­tional break­downs and heated ex­changes, but they aren’t the dom­i­nant part.

The real jaw-drop­ping mo­ments are in the reno re­veals. Each week, the teams com­pletely trans­form a run-down house from top to bot­tom, de­liv­er­ing spec­tac­u­lar re­sults in seven days.

As the latest sea­son comes to a close, let’s take a look at five of the best things to come out of it. by Bronik and Cor­rine was the epit­ome of re­laxed cool.

It had a dis­tinct Scan­di­na­vian feel, with raw-wood pan­els, tim­ber floors and retro Dan­ish-style fur­ni­ture. And the lit­tle loft crawl space above the en­trance was pretty cool, too.

But it was the out­look over the peace­ful gar­den that made this the per­fect space for read­ing, work­ing or just tak­ing some time out. For all their early stum­bles, Ryan and Mar­lee (above) were in­cred­i­bly like­able.

He’s a big ball of energy, bound­ing around and crack­ing jokes, while she’s sweet, car­ing and hard­work­ing. To­gether they make quite the pair, and now they’ve got a flash new house to call home.

When Ryan re­vealed his long bat­tle with de­pres­sion, in a bid to en­cour­age other blokes to talk about men­tal health, he showed a softer and deeper side to him­self.

An honourable men­tion for Syd­ney fa­ther-daugh­ter duo Steve and Tiana, who have been through a hell of lot over the years and, de­spite the odd ar­gu­ment, are a lov­ing and close pair. When a shabby old Queens­lan­der was de­liv­ered in two halves on the back of a truck, there seemed to be no way the teams could ren­o­vate it in just seven days.

But they did, leav­ing be­hind a mod­ern marvel of a beach house. We still don’t know how they pulled it off.

The week was tough as they bat­tled with the enor­mous task, but the de­sign out­comes were breath­tak­ing – par­tic­u­larly the kitchen, liv­ing room and out­door spa­ces.

And one lucky viewer will win the awe­some pad, a com­pe­ti­tion that will be drawn dur­ing the grand fi­nal episode. Is there any­one on the small screen as warm and won­der­ful as Jo­hanna Griggs (left)? And is there any­thing she can’t do? The for­mer cham­pion swim­mer is right at home at the helm of this show, of­fer­ing the con­tes­tants an en­cour­ag­ing word and shoul­der to cry on when they need it.

It’s no won­der Seven loves her – and view­ers clearly do, too. HOUSE RULES: GRAND FI­NALE MON­DAY, 7.30PM, SEVEN

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