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Guest Post: House Rules – The SA Reno Continues

Don’t be surprised if House Rules is renewed for a second series as the ratings are ticking along nicely now.

Again Annajjj has done a fabulous recap – over to her:

Day one in Adelaide and again I’m compelled to say how much I like the pace of this show. One reveal and three progress episodes per week, great team interaction and very little back stories or manufactured drama. Good work Channel 7. Really hoping we get a fast result after the final renovation and producers don’t try and drag this out as they did with MKR. I don’t imagine we can do a second round of renos around the country though.

Tonight we get our first look at Leighton and Reese’s house and we are promised zone wars. We see the couple packing up their house and Leighton carefully packs the beer. Their house was built in 1957 and their mortgage is 450K. It’s very old-fashioned, they tell us, no bench space and nowhere to entertain. These people have friends?

The other teams assemble on the front lawn where no tents or portaloos are in evidence. Blow us away Leighton tells the teams and Good Luck he adds when prompted for final words. Is there a limit on final words? Because mine would be a 30-40 minute lecture with specific examples and coloured handouts.

Leighton and Reese head off to Couples Counselling where the first test is to drive there together in a rental car and not kill each other.

Teams wander through the house making observations. Leighton and Reese seem to like white ceilings and we like white ceilings too!, several of the teams note in excitement, we must be very similar in taste and style.

Jane notices a scarf Reese left behind and she’s thrilled. This is a valuable clue! A clue to what Reese really likes. Or maybe not since she left it behind but Jane doesn’t consider that. The scarf contains the key to her entire colour scheme.

Is that the tent? Looks very…small.

Zone allocation and going from a three bedroom to two bedroom seems a strange choice but then it is a tiny house. Jemma and Barry choose zone 1 which is the kitchen and meals area plus the hallway and linen cupboard. Michelle and Kel get the guest bedroom and entry and already I’m seeing muriels and mirrors, Nick and Chris get main bathroom and family room. Plinth and his backbone score the master bedroom, laundry and study and finally Seamy get the ensuite and walk in robe. They are pleased with this decision. We’ve seen what Leighton does in a bathroom Amy says, as viewers recoil in horror, and it’s beautiful.

Back from the ad break and Jo departs and leaves them with the House Rules: Use stone and wood but not rustic. Make a Splash in the entry and oh dear don’t they know by now these people take everything literally? Draw our palette from nature. Versatile island dining. Sand stone fireplace.

Teams get to choose things they want to keep and reuse in their zones. Plinth wants to keep the pegs. Kel keeps the red wine.

Night time now and Kel and Michelle are making the best of their undeserved punishment. Kel serenades Michelle in the moonlight and they seem happy enough. The next morning the happiness has disappeared and there is a little whinge to tent cam. Love the reveal that Michelle’s hair is actually the product of careful styling.

Inside the house Space Wars begin. Sean wants more space for his ensuite. He tries his nice guy approach with Jane but it doesn’t fly; Jane senses her power and wields it ruthlessly. Meanwhile the boys try to negotiate space with Barry and Chris gets annoyed. Then Sean asks the brothers for the kitchen window and they immediately refuse just to play with his mind. 

Team bonding goes out the window and demolition begins.

Plinth tries to be a bit reasonable and accommodating but that doesn’t go down well with the family backbone. She points out that they need to get tough if they are going to win and Plinth, his own backbone having dissolved years ago, agrees.

Ad break and No Idea magazine has gotten in on the action and this week features Michelle and Jane’s amaaaaaazing weight loss. Yes ladies you too can magically lose kilos through intensive stress and fighting and renovating nonstop for six weeks. Pfffft.

Michelle needs to source sandstone for the outside wall. Chester! Great to see you. Stick around for a minute or two. Michelle thinks sandstone will be very easy to get which immediately sets her up for a later disaster.

Seamy have the secret weapon this week which is actually not secret at all and Jemma and Barry waste no time in getting nasty to cowards cam. He’d better not copy my brilliance declares Barry and not for the first time I’m really wishing the judges hadn’t given him a 10 for his last zone. This guy needs no boosts to his ego.

Boys are still busy demolishing their zone and they have to do a fireplace feature. Chris is sent off shopping since he is the feminine part of this relationship. Wonder if the brothers will still live together once they’ve seen this series?

Jemma is still trying and failing to carry doors.

Kel considers Michelle’s choice of sandstone. It doesn’t really match he offers tentatively, holding a white brick against an orange brick to demonstrate his point. I know they stick out like dogs balls says Michelle, (who has been waiting 12 episodes for a chance to use this expression) but it is the best I can do.

Amy goes to remove the kitchen window and her tradie helper smashes the glass. Sean can’t get angry because his internal hard drive doesn’t recognise that emotion. He wants to abandon the window/mirror idea but Amy is convinced it will give them the risk factor they need for this reno. Already she’s confusing these House Rules with the last ones.

At couples retreat Leighton and Reese are sent on a walk along the beach to see if they can manage that without drowning each other. So far success.

It’s all action back at their house. We’re at the entry and where there needs to be a splash and sure enough Michelle and Kel have a water feature in mind. They are pretty proud of this idea, they have a little argument over glass but it’s all over pretty quickly. In the kitchen Barry and Nick are bonding through bashing and the annoying projectile voice thing seems to have been forgotten.

Another stand-off between QLD and TAS and although Plinth agrees at the time he later secretly hopes Sean stuffs up. Elsewhere Barry pulls down his ceiling and nearly kills Chris but its ok they hug it out. Good team work announces Barry. Yep. You be the one to try and kill me and I’ll be the one to try and survive. Team work.

McCrave-Burger pops in to chat with Michelle about her water feature. Michelle talks with passion and the water feature has become Michelle’s ticket to financial freedom and everlasting happiness. She’s invested so much in this I almost can’t bear to watch the outcome. Then McCrave and Jane, both wearing hi vis yellow, talk about colour visions. Jane declares that she likes being good at everything and McCrave flicks a sneaky look at Jane’s Heidi hairstyle but manages to hold her tongue.  

Another turf war and Plinth thinks he has been left out of the loop but Kel is adamant Plinth was there when they all made the decisions. Barry thinks Plinth is a bit vague but give him a break Baz. The poor guy is married to Jane, he’d be forced to adopt a vague accommodating manner just to survive.

Michelle continues to be frustrated by the lack of pudding face sandstone in Adelaide. She can see it on every single house in the suburb and *cough* there’s your solution Michelle *cough* it’s annoying her that she can’t get any.

No House Rules tomorrow because we have to watch QLD annihilate NSW again but we get a double episode on Thursday night so looking forward to that



1 Jason { 06.05.13 at 12:45 pm }

I didn’t understand the “space war” with Sean & Plinio as aren’t they given floorplans of the new layout which must have some measurements on it – or is it just a suggested layout?
Also, I would prefer the door to the walk-in robe in the middle of the wall if the door to the bathroom is also in the middle of the wall as it would give a visual illusion of more space (seeing through to the window in the bathroom). Perhaps I am just favouring Seamy!
Barry Jnr drives me insane with his cockiness – I’m waiting for his fall….

2 AJ { 06.05.13 at 2:10 pm }

Thanks Annajjj.

I’ve missed the last couple of episodes, but thanks to these recaps, I’m keeping up to date.

I’m not sure what the room dimensions are, but the division seems to be very unfair again. Sean and Amy only got the WIR and ensuite? How are they meant to “wow” the judges and owners with one small bathroom and a WIR? A WIR shouldn’t even be classed as a “room”, it’s merely an extension of the bedroom.

And I hope the owners approve the new floor plans. I would be very disappointed if I purchased a three bedroom home and it was turned into a two bedroom home without my consent. Although the remaining rooms may be more spacious, there would still be a significant drop in value of the home based solely on the number of bedrooms (and possibly thanks to Michelle and Jane’s “design” ideas).

The House Rules also seem to be confusing again – natural stone and wood, but not rustic? No wonder the teams end up painting ceilings dark pink!

3 annajjj { 06.05.13 at 4:36 pm }

AJ I thought the same thing – surely going from three bedrooms to two devalues the house even if they are bigger rooms. On the floor plan the ensuite and WIR look about the same size as the master bedroom but agree that it’s hard to be impressive in such a nothing of a space. Look at poor Kel and Michelle from last reno – minature laundry and bathroom. Hoping they score more highly this week and that the water feature works out!

4 Andrea { 06.05.13 at 4:39 pm }

That’s what I thought too AJ, it would really devalue the house making it into a two bedroom place, surely they must have authority to do that?

5 Veronicali { 06.05.13 at 4:42 pm }

What is with the trend for dressing-rooms? And ensuites bigger than the main bathroom?
The laundry seems to be in a hallway alcove ? with no window/door for natural ventilation, which I thought was against building regs. My washing machine is heaps noisy too, I couldn’t put up with a combined laundry/study area. Do they not have an architect draw up the plans?

When Michelle told Kel she couldn’t find any pudding face stone and asked why he was laughing, I was so hoping he’d go for it. And get a smack in the chops. Michelle’s grown on me.

6 Lisa { 06.05.13 at 6:20 pm }

The TV guide says its on in Melbourne tonight.

7 brain dead dave { 06.05.13 at 6:34 pm }

Yes Lisa, it’s on in Adelaide as well. I think annajjj’s saying she’s not recapping but is going to watch the biffo instead.

8 annajjj { 06.05.13 at 8:07 pm }

I’ll give the biffo a wide berth bdd. Damn channel 7 thinking we would all abandon HR for the footy, they aren’t screening it here until tomorrow.
If no one else does tonights recap I’ll do both tomorrow.

9 Georgie { 06.05.13 at 8:30 pm }

Ch 7 have decided 1.5 hours of Home and Away is worthy competition for State of Origin in NSW, so it’s Mega Builders on ABC2 for me.

10 Jason { 06.06.13 at 5:56 am }

Dear Ch.7 and Ch.10,
Not everyone wants to watch the footy. Why take off your reality shows?

11 Veronicali { 06.06.13 at 8:09 am }

It was on in SA. So are we allowed to discuss?

12 annajjj { 06.06.13 at 8:18 am }

Veronicali I’m dying to know what happened – please comment

13 Reality Raver { 06.06.13 at 8:21 am }

Veronicali – I don’t see why not for once SA and WA can get revenge on always seeing spoilers on social media by the Eastern state residents!

14 Littlepetal { 06.06.13 at 8:45 am }

Tonight HR start at 7 pm. I don’t watch HR but I really hate it when they keep changing their air time.

15 brain dead dave { 06.06.13 at 11:34 am }

I fell asleep watching it, sorry gice.

16 Techhater { 06.06.13 at 11:48 am }

Veronicali i’m suffering severe RealityTV withdrawals. Please give us something. 😛

17 Andrea { 06.06.13 at 12:12 pm }

Techhater, bet you didn’t feel so silly wearing blue at the pub last night after all did you?

18 Techhater { 06.06.13 at 12:43 pm }

Andrea No I didn’t. 3 of us wore blue with one other NSW supporter out of 50 QLD fans. The only time I went outside on a break Qld scored. So i told them all for the next 2 games i’m staying in the kitchen. Lol.

19 Gabby { 06.06.13 at 1:38 pm }

Thanks Littlepetal.

20 Techhater { 06.06.13 at 2:50 pm }

Just watched last night’s The Block and 1st there was “Steamroomgate”
Then came “Hairyrollergate” and now it’s “Bedheadgate” where will it all end.

21 brain dead dave { 06.06.13 at 4:21 pm }

I remember now that Kel and Michelle find some matching sandstone after a contrived car trip into the Adelaide Hills.

“From the same quarry” apparently.

22 Veronicali { 06.07.13 at 8:30 am }

oops sorry guys, didn’t get back here.

bdd, yeah I reckon there’s no way the producers would’ve had them knock that hole in the wall if they hadn’t found a pudding face source. If they hadn’t both gone, they wouldn’t be behind on the bedroom.

Techhater, if only they’d have the Block contestants actually doing the renos like the HR ones, no need then for contrived drama of the week and pointless ‘Challenges’. I live in hope?