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House Rules – This is What You Need To Know About The Contestants And The Houses.

With House Rules starting tonight on SEVEN here is a little ready reckoner about the contestants and their houses.

Brooke and Grant – Tas – Mortgage $258,000

brooke and Grant



They who are the Brady Bunch family with the two bedrooms and seven kids and they have been living that way for some time. Grant bought the house six years ago, they met five years ago at a New Year’s Eve party.  They are hoping to get a bedroom and bath. Grant, 31, is a cabinetmaker show at least knows how to use a power tool. Brooke, 30, works in childcare but thinks being the child of a builder might help. We’ll see.

Candy and Ryan – NSW – Mortgage $400,000

candy & Ryan


The NSW pair are first up on the renovation stakes with their red brick home where they plan on having a family. They pair love to cook so are hoping to get a workable kitchen. Ryan, 29,  an electrician says Candy, 26, a pathology training and development officer, has a volcanic temper, so maybe she is the one who could turn into the series villain. Apparently Candy is keen to get married by Ryan wanted to wait until the renovations were done.

Russell and Carole – WA – Mortgage is $290,000

Carole and Russell


The pair bought their house off Gumtree, yes I thought WTF as well. Also Carole made an offer on the house without asking him. The house is run down but the view are great. They say they hate the whole house. The kitchen is not functional, the bedroom has holes in the floor and the bathroom has mould. Also there is asbestos in the bathroom, cockroach nests in the walls along with possums in the roof. Which makes you wonder why they even bought the house. Russell, 55, an administration manager and Carole, 53, and works for the local council met over ten years ago.  Russell did do landscaping back in the day so it will be interesting to see how handy he is around the houses.

Maddi and Lloyd  – Qld – Mortgage $369,000

maddi and lloyd


The house is in Townsville and has a pool and backs onto a reserve. They dislike the bathroom as it is old and falling apart. There is also mould everywhere and the pair say the shower shakes when they have a shower. Lloyd 27, is now a aviation firefighter but for ten years worked in the building industry. Also Maddi lived in 30 houses as her father renovated them. Apparently they are very laid back so it will be interesting to see how they cope with the tight deadlines.

Mel and Bomber – SA – Mortgage $380,000

Bomber and mel


This could be an interesting dynamic as Mel, 39, and Bomber, 45, have only been together for a year after meeting on a dating website. Tindr? She apparently is a bit of a cryer. Their house is a lovely looking heritage house and it has lots of space for their four children. The pair hate the kitchen as it currently has a hole in the floor and they have a camp kitchen set up in the family room. Currently they do the dishes in the bathroom sink. Also cats enter the house night because of all the holes that are in it.

Mel is a teacher and Bomber is a house husband but he has extensive renovation experience.

Adam and Lisa – Vic – Mortgage $520,000

Adam and Lisa



Lisa,29, a HR Manager and Adam, 31, a carpenter and builder should have quite an advantage in this competition but apparently they find it very hard to make decisions. However they both are hard workers. Their house does not appear quite as dumpy as some of the others as Lisa’s biggest complaint appears to be the green carpet and the yellow and orange bathroom. However don’t be surprised if there is asbestos in the house. They also want an open plan style house opposed to the current “rabbit warren”.

The judges for House Rules are Wendy Moore the editor of Home Beautiful and Joe Snell who is an architect. The mentors are Carolyn Burns-McCrave and build supervisor Chester Drife who was pretty popular with the female fans last year.

House Rules starts tonight Wednesday 30 April at 7.30pm and Thursday night at 8.00pm on SEVEN.


1 LB { 05.12.14 at 9:55 pm }

Hey Benjamin, don’t get too down! I reckon that Candy & Ryan are just pulling a prank on Maddi & Lloyd for payback for their pranks. I hope so at least :)

2 Dear Watson { 05.14.14 at 6:26 pm }

I love the show. Haven’t seen previous series. Brooke seems like a piece of work who will eventually get her just desserts.

3 Gabby { 05.14.14 at 6:29 pm }

We can only live in hope Dear Watson!

4 why { 05.20.14 at 7:24 pm }

No one ever mentions exactly what amount their budget is. Can anyone enlighten me please?

5 Jody { 05.21.14 at 10:34 am }

Brooke and Grant… where are there ex-partners, I don’t believe Grant’s 4 kids live with him full-time? I like Mel but not Bomber, he is rude to her, lazy, quite the sook and a bit “mental”, like he’s going to crack. I think secretly he is a nasty piece of work. He shows Mel no respect at all. She does seem a little on the butch side. All he does is the painting, which he does well. Candy is useless. Adam is too cheesy with that goofy smile, Lisa is a sweet girl but her hair is annoying, she could look so much better, the curls are uneven. Maddy and Lloyd are cruisy. The oldies are alright. I do love this show.

6 Katrina { 05.21.14 at 7:01 pm }

BROOKE AND GRANT ARE SUCH BOGAN LOOSERS, I’ve had enough with them and their style is ugh, they look the same I wouldn’t let such horrible people within a 20 mile radius of my home, everything about them is drab. Look at Brooke, she’s a b*tch, but doesn’t even dress like one she dresses like a man! literally, they dress the same. Ew I hope they loose. Fake fake fake

7 Aimee mason { 05.23.14 at 10:27 am }

Candy and Ryan just back off leave Carole and Russell alone please

Leave show right now don’t came back please you not going win this
Pay house off at all keep it up throw rocks broke eggs bread Is bit rude and hash what they done to you watch your month and tone get that
From aimee mason

8 Aimee mason { 05.23.14 at 11:08 am }

Go go Russell and Carole you are best came on came on you are best
Not have time. Time run out pick up speed from aimee mason

9 Aimee mason { 05.23.14 at 11:10 am }

Came on Lisa you are best came on came on big smile be happy to do
Your family please from aimee mason

10 Paul { 05.27.14 at 6:52 pm }

Katrina post #56
You don’t know these people
You are completely unaware of how the video for the show is edited and produced.
Yet you can form a negative opinion so strongly on someone.
I don’t like you and I wouldn’t want you within 20 km of my place, mainly because you judge people as fake because they dress comfortably and practically.
You my friend are an A grade wanker.
I wish all the contestants good luck, and reserve my personal judgement as I do not know any of them and I am aware of how producers play to the viewers for ratings. They do a full weeks work and then some, and you think you know them all from 2hrs of footage ROFL.

11 Anonymous { 05.28.14 at 7:50 pm }

I like maddie and Lloyd because they work harder then everyone

12 Schieder { 06.05.14 at 4:39 am }

I researched the internet and found out where Adam and Lisa live. Drove past their home and it looks absolutely fantastic from the outside now. They are just such a nice couple and I hope they win. Go Adam and Lisa

13 Sarah { 06.11.14 at 9:53 pm }

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the contestants to find out where they bought particular pieces furniture that appear on the show?

14 Schieder { 06.12.14 at 1:57 am }

Adam and lisa 31 nirvana cres buleen vic

15 Jody { 06.12.14 at 8:05 am }

Schieder – you shouldn’t have published their address, irresponsible!

16 Schieder { 06.13.14 at 12:26 am }

Did not mean to publish address.
Got an email so responded. Don’t know how it ended up here. Besides their surnames are listed in various articles on the net. All you need to do then is look up white pages online. Therefore, already public knowledge and no crime committed.

17 Schieder { 06.19.14 at 3:42 am }

U were write. Candy and Ryan faked there relationship just to get on the show. And have since gone there separate ways. Bomber and Mel trashed there house to get on the show. In the hope to have their mortgage paid off.

18 Schieder { 06.19.14 at 3:50 am }

Wonder if we will see jody in series 3 2015?

19 Schieder { 06.19.14 at 3:53 am }

Lisa said she wants 3 or 4 kids. Adam the italian stallon should be able to help her achieve that goal

20 Catty { 06.21.14 at 4:37 pm }

Carol and Russell must be millionaires because someone said it! Are you people for real? And seriously what does poor look like! My father was very wealthy yet he dressed like he had no money and lived like he had none. Looks aren’t everything people!

21 schieder { 06.21.14 at 11:37 pm }

Catty. All these poeple just tell lies to get on the show. For example: bomber and mel trashed their house. Candy and Ryan are not a couple.

22 schieder { 06.21.14 at 11:38 pm }

Catty. All these poeple just tell lies to get on the show. For example: bomber and mel destroyed their house. Candy and Ryan are not a item.

23 Donna NZ { 07.12.14 at 9:01 am }

I am sad for Candy and Ryan, what Carole and Russ did at the Charity House was a crap thing and yes it did look good in the end but they left Ryan to do the hard yakka pulling down the bricks and boarding up his door and even get the useless design advisor on side to convince Candy and Ryan to pull it down and once done, then swooped in and got builders to finish their half wall for them AND get the design advisor to again back them up – talk about contradict themselves…it was tactica, below the belt and set Candy and Ryan up to fail. I am glad they lost and didnt get their mortgage paid – I just wish they didn’t get their mystery room done up. Also, I wonder how they managed to do so much at Ryan and Candys..they must have had one heck of a budget and based on what Maddi and Lloyd did – it looks like they had a pittance for a budget – quite unfair!!

24 Donna NZ { 07.12.14 at 9:11 am }

Maddi and Lloyd, you were the nicest couple – always accommodating and hard workers and yes, your last two rooms weren’t the best but I have to wonder about the budgets and the impact that had on your rooms – would have loved to see you in the final against Adam and Lisa! Ryan – one hell of a work horse and you can surely hold your head up high. You always gave 110% and never took the easy route and I take my hat off to you and Candy but sad to hear you guys have split but hey – Sh*t happens people, Carole and Russ – well all the teams busted their guts especially the teams on the exteriors so lucky for you, broken backs for the rest – loved watchin you two squabble but towards the end I started to see how uncouth you were Carole and Russ and saddened me to see on tele that when Candy said sorry to you two both, not once did you take ownership of your part to play in the fiasco and hid behind the guise of ‘Its for the kids’….so over it, Adam and Lisa – my other favourite couple – GOOD ON YOU – best team with the best integrity one on the day!! Im just shocked you didnt fix that sh*tty dining room and crappy deck Carole and Russ gave you.

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