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