The teams worked extra hard this week to transform a lifetime of wear and tear into an award-winning display home for father and daughter duo, Steve and Tiana. At just 28, Steve was left to bring up Tiana and her younger brother Andrew when Tiana’s mother Danielle passed away. It was therefore an emotional homecoming, with the duo being delivered some amazing highs and some rather bewildering lows!
So what did team NSW and judges Wendy Moore and Joe Snell think?
Ben and Danielle – 22/30
Queensland’s Ben and Danielle took out their first victory with a score of 22. Their zone (Andrew’s room and living area) was a hit with both the homeowners and judges. Praise was given to Danielle, who painted an original artwork in the room of Steve’s eldest son, Andrew. The homeowners gave them a top score of nine with Tiana heaping praise on the living area: “You did such a great job.”
Bronik and Corrine — 21/30
After being near the bottom of the leaderboard last week, Victoria bounced back with 21 points to finish second. Bronik and Corrine impressed the judges with their bathroom and dining room. “The bathroom was the best room in the house,” said Joe. “I liked the layout in that crisp white space.” But the homeowners were less impressed, scoring them only a six. “I definitely wasn’t a fan of the artwork in the bathroom,” said Tiana. “To me it looked like a zombie massacre.”
Cassie and Matt — 20/30
Tassie’s Cassie and Matt couldn’t repeat their win from last week, settling for third spot with 20 points. Their super-hero themed room for Steve’s six-year-old son Rory was a winner, but their laundry let them down with Wendy saying: “The laundry was like a great book with a bad cover. Inside there was good storage, a fantastic use of space…but the doors themselves were so poorly finished, they brought down all the good work.”
Ryan and Marlee — 19/30
SA’s tumultuous week was reflected in their scores. After several heated arguments, Ryan and Marlee could only manage 19 points for their zone to finish in second last place. Tiana called their kitchen “absolutely amazing” but the judges were less complimentary. “It was generous, well-planned and showed the makings of some design flare,” said Joe. “But a house rule was also to create the feel of an award-winning display home, and that’s where it stumbled.” Their unfinished hall also cost them points.
Karina and Brian — 10/30
After delivering an unfinished master bedroom, WA’s Karina and Brian hit rock bottom with only 10 points. Their plan to mask their incomplete feature wall with a tacked on curtain didn’t fool anyone. “The master bedroom was just awful,” said Wendy. “The quick fix solutions to fake a finish just made it look tacky.” Tiana called the toilet a “let down” and together they gave WA the lowest homeowner score this series – three points!
This week the teams are off to Queensland to transform Ben and Danielle’s house of horrors. House Rules airs Monday to Wednesday at 7:30pm with a new house reveal each week on Sunday at 7:00pm.