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
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