House Rules (Australian TV series)

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House Rules
House Rules Title Card.png
Genre
Presented by Johanna Griggs
Judges
  • Wendy Moore
  • Jim Fogarty (Season 1)
  • Joe Snell (Seasons 1-4)
  • Drew Heath (Season 5)
  • Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (Season 5)
Theme music composer Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle (Season 1)
Opening theme
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 153 (as of 17 May 2017)
Production
Editor(s)
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor Red Arrow International[1]
Release
Original network Seven Network
Picture format
Audio format Stereo
Original release 14 May 2013 – present
Chronology
Related shows My Kitchen Rules
External links
Website au.tv.yahoo.com/house-rules/

House Rules is an Australian reality television series broadcast on the Seven Network. The series follows six state-based couples who renovate each other's homes to receive the highest scores with the winner to win an ultimate prize.[2]

The series is produced by the team who created the Seven reality show My Kitchen Rules and is hosted by Johanna Griggs.

Format[edit]

Teams (mostly couples) from different states must complete rounds of renovations in homes and gardens in a competition to win an ultimate prize. All homes that belong to the contestants are transformed through the show.[3]

Format Changes[edit]

In season 2, Jim Fogarty (judge of the garden rounds in season 1), did not return as Wendy Moore & Joe Snell took over the garden rounds judging. In season 5, two new judges were introduced, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen & Drew Heath, who both joined Wendy Moore as judges. Judge of seasons 1-4, Joe Snell, did not return.

Since season 1, the winners of each season would win the ultimate prize of having their mortage paid off. In season 5, the contestants that win the season will receive the ultimate prize of $200,000, as opposed to all previous seasons where the winners had received a full mortgage payment.[4]

Hosts and judges[edit]

Timeline of hosts, judges, and other personnel
Hosts Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Current
Johanna Griggs Host
Wendy Moore Judge
Carolyn Burn-McCrave Interior Designer
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Judge
Drew Heath Judge
Former
Jim Fogarty Judge
Chester Drife Build Supervisor
Joe Snell Judge

Series details[edit]

Season Title Episodes Originally aired Result
Season premiere Season finale Winning couple Prize
1
House Rules 2013 28 14 May 2013 (2013-05-14) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) Carly Schulz
Leighton Brow
Full Mortgage Payment
2
House Rules 2014 37 30 April 2014 (2014-04-30) 6 July 2014 (2014-07-06) Adam Dovile
Lisa Lamond
3
House Rules 2015 39 5 May 2015 (2015-05-05) 20 July 2015 (2015-07-20) Steve and Tiana Falzon
4
Crowded House Rules 35 27 April 2016 (2016-04-27) 3 July 2016 (2016-07-03) Luke and Cody Cook
5
House Rules 2017 30 April 2017 (2017-04-30) 9 July 2017 (2017-07-09) $200,000
Season Premiere date Finale date Winners Runners-up Other competing teams
(elimination order)
1 14 May 2013 1 July 2013 Carly Schulz & Leighton Brow (SA) Michelle & Steve Ball (NSW) Jane Polley & Plinio Taurian (TAS)
Amy Garrett & Sean Cornish (QLD)
Jemma Blenkinsop & Ben Van Ryt (WA)
Nick & Chris Stavropoulos (VIC)
2 30 April 2014 6 July 2014 Adam Dovile & Lisa Lamond (VIC) Carole & Russell Bramston (WA) Brooke Strong & Grant Lovekin (TAS)
Michael 'Bomber' Bamford & Mel Chatfield (SA)
Maddi Carter & Lloyd Wright (QLD)
Candy Stuart & Ryan Pusic (NSW)
3 5 May 2015 20 July 2015 Steve & Tiana Falzon
(NSW)
Ben & Danielle Edgeworth
(QLD)
Karina & Brian Day (WA)
Cassie Allan & Matt Smith (TAS)
Ryan Rebbeck & Marlee Murphy (SA)
Bronik Davies & Corrine Ziemer (VIC)
4 27 April 2016 3 July 2016 Luke & Cody Cook (QLD) Claire Lintzeris & Hagan Rice (VIC) Rose & Rob Plater (WA)
Nancy & Daniel Frilay (NSW)
Brooke & Michelle Fogden (SA)
Fil & Joe (VIC)
5 30 April 2017 9 July 2017 Troy Campbell & Bec Herning (NSW)
Fiona Taylor & Nicole Prince (VIC)
Sean Mackay & Ella Cuthbert (TAS)

Renovation Phases[edit]

Phase 1: Interior Renovation[edit]

The six teams travel around the country to completely renovate each other's home. Every week, one team hands over their house to their opponents for a complete interior transformation. A set of rules from the owners are given to the teams known as the 'House rules' which need to be followed to gain high scores from the judges and the homeowner team. At the end of the interior renovations, one team is eliminated.

Phase 2: 24 Hour Fix-up[edit]

After the first six full house interior renovations, all teams head back to their own homes and must fix and redo one of the zones in 24 hours. Teams need to recreate the space/s to reflect their own style and also to impress the judges. All teams receive the same set of five rules for the challenge. Scores are added to the current totals, where the lowest scoring team overall is eliminated.

Phase 3: Gardens & Exteriors[edit]

The top 4 teams are challenged to transform the exteriors and gardens of each other's homes. Two teams are allocated to a home (that do not belong to them) and must renovate either the front or back yards, as well as improving the house exterior. They are held over two rounds, covering all houses of the current teams. After both rounds are complete, the lowest scoring team is eliminated.

Phase 4: Charity House[edit]

Starting season 2, the top 3 renovate an old charity house. Rules for this challenge are very similar to the first interior renovations, where each team must renovate an allocated zone. This was selected through a random card draw. The two highest scoring teams advance to the Grand Final as one team is eliminated.

Grand Final: Final Renovations & Australia's Vote[edit]

The final 2 teams complete one final challenge at their opponent's home, to renovate an extra room. The Australian public vote for their favourite team to win and the winner is decided by a combination of the judges score, for the final project and overall viewer votes. The team with the best result wins the season and is announced live.

Judges & Experts[edit]

Judges[edit]

At the end of each renovation, the judges review every zone in the house and score each team out of 10 for their efforts. From season 2, judges verdicts were delivered face to face in front of the contestants.

Judge Occupation Series run
Current
Wendy Moore Editor of 'Home Beautiful' magazine Season 1-
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen International Design Stylist Season 5-
Drew Heath Architech Season 5-
Former
Jim Fogarty Garden Judge Season 1
Joe Snell Architect/Designer Season 1-4

Experts[edit]

The role of the experts is to assist and guide the contestants throughout each renovation. They need to make sure the house construction and design flows and also settle any disputes between teams.

Expert Occupation Series run
Current
Carolyn
Burns-McCrave
Interior Designer Season 1-
Former
Chester Drife Build Supervisor Season 1-2

Season Synopses[edit]

Color key

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 aired on 14 April 2013 and ended on 6 May 2013. The season was won by South Australian couple Carly Schulz and Leighton Brow and as a reward had their mortgage of $460,000 paid off.[5]

# Team State Relationship Mortgage Status
1 Carly and Leighton SA Couple Two Years $460,000 Winners
2 Michelle and Steve NSW Married 27 Years $629,000 Runners-Up
3 Jemma and Ben WA Just Married $545,000 Phase 3
(Gardens-Round 2)
4 Nick and Chris VIC Brothers $524,000
5 Amy and Sean QLD Engaged $300,000 Phase 2
(24 Hour Fix-Up)
6 Jane and Plinio TAS Married with children $315,000 Phase 1
(Interior Renovation)

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 was confirmed in 2013 and began airing on 30 April 2014. The season was won by Victorian couple Adam Dovile & Lisa Lamond and had their mortgage of $520,000 paid off.[6]

# Team State Relationship Mortgage Status
1 Adam and Lisa VIC Engaged $520,000 Winners
2 Carole and Russell WA Empty Nesters $290,000 Runners-Up
3 Candy and Ryan NSW Partners $400,000 Phase 4
(Charity House)
4 Maddi and Lloyd QLD Soon to be married $369,000 Phase 3
(Gardens-Round 2)
5 Bomber and Mel SA Newly Dating $380,000 Phase 2
(24 Hour Fix-Up)
6 Brooke and Grant TAS Partners, 7 kids $258,000 Phase 1
(Interior Renovation)

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 was confirmed in 2014 and began airing on 5 May 2015.[7]

The season was won by New South Wales team Steve & Tiana Falzon and had their mortgage of $250,000 paid off.[8]

# Team State Relationship Mortgage Status
1 Steve and Tiana NSW Father & Daughter $250,000 Winners
2 Ben and Danielle QLD Newly Married $405,000 Runners-Up
3 Bronik and Corrine VIC Melbourne Lovers $448,000 Phase 4
(Charity House)
4 Ryan and Marlee SA Young Contenders $229,000 Phase 3
(Gardens - Round 2)
5 Cassie and Matt TAS Tassie Go-getters $248,000 Phase 2
(Holiday House)
6 Karina and Brian WA Married with Kids $360,000 Phase 1
(Interior Renovation & 24 Hour Fix-Up)

Season 4[edit]

Season 4 was confirmed in 2014 and was set to later in 2015,[9] but Network Seven shelved the series until 2016 due to an overload of renovation shows that had aired in 2015 and the lower than expected ratings for the third series.[10] The season titled "Crowded House rules", which involves couples with families (excluding one), began airing on 27 April 2016.[11]

The season was won by Queensland brothers Luke & Cody Cook and had their mortgage of $120,000 paid off.[12]

# Team State Relationship Mortgage Status
1 Luke and Cody QLD Country Twin Brothers $120,000 Winners
2 Claire and Hagan VIC Hairdresser & Plumber $269,000 Runners-Up
3 Fil and Joe VIC Experienced Renovators $568,000 Phase 4
(Charity Unit Makeover)
4 Brooke and Michelle SA Landscaper & Graphic
Designer
$426,000 Phase 3
(Gardens-Round 2)
5 Nancy and Daniel NSW Reno Rookies $500,000 Phase 2
(24 Hour Fix-Up)
6 Rose and Rob WA Navy Parents $342,000 Phase 1
(Interior Renovation)

Season 5[edit]

Applications for the fifth season of House Rules were open between 1 June & 30 July 2016 on the House Rules official network seven website.[13] Johanna Griggs announced the series is in pre-production and that she is returning as host for season 5.[14] Season 5 was officially confirmed in October 2016.[15] This season will introduce two new judges: international design stylist, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and award-winning Australian architect and builder, Drew Heath, who will be joining Wendy Moore. Joe Snell will not be returning.[16][17] The season began airing on 30 April 2017.[18]

Team State Relationship Status
- Aaron & Daniella QLD Gold Coast Couple
- Andrew & Jono WA Geek Twins
- Kate & Harry SA Teacher & Chippie
4 Sean & Ella TAS Engaged Ambos Phase 3
(Gardens - Round 2)
5 Fiona & Nicole VIC Best Friends Phase 2
(24 Hour Fix-Up)
6 Troy & Bec NSW Battlers Phase 1
(Interior Renovation)

Season 6[edit]

Season 6 was confirmed in June 2017 with Applications for the sixth season of House Rules open between 3 June & 31 August 2017 on the House Rules official network seven website.[19][20]

Viewership[edit]

The first season debuted to 803,000 viewers.[21] Over the season, viewership started to grow significantly[22][23] The season ended on a high of 1.53 million watching the finale and 1.83 million watching the winner's announcement. Including regional areas, the finale was watched by 2.42 million and 2.86 million watching winner announced.[24]

The second season premiered to 1,183,000 million viewers and was the highest rated entertainment show of the night.[25] The season final held 1.73 million watching the finale and 1.98 million watching the winner's announcement, and when including regional areas, the finale was watched by 2.75 million and 3.12 million watching winner announced.[26]

The third season premiered to 791,000 viewers.[27] The season final ended on a low of 1.09 million watching the finale and 1.29 million watching the winner's announcement, and when including regional areas, the finale was watched by 1.75 million and 1.99 million watching winner announced.[28]

The fourth season premiered to 718,000 viewers, the lowest launch over all seasons of House Rules.[29] The season final ended on a low of 1.14 million watching the finale and 1.19 million watching the winner's announcement, making it the lowest finale over all seasons, but when including regional areas, the finale was watched by 1.95 million and 2.14 million watching winner announced, making it higher then the previous season.[30]

The fifth season premiered to 1 million viewers, up 300,000 viewers from the previous season and being the second highest opening behind the second season.[31]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Ref.
Date Premiere
Ratings
(in millions)
Rank Date Live Show
Ratings
(in millions)
Rank Live Decider
Ratings

(in millions)
Rank
One
28 14 May 2013 0.803 #11 1 July 2013 1.530 #2 1.837 #1 [32][33]
Two
37 30 April 2014 1.183 #2 6 July 2014 1.730 #2 1.988 #1 [34][35]
Three
39 5 May 2015 0.791 #11 20 July 2015 1.097 #6 1.295 #3 [36][37]
Four
35 27 April 2016 0.718 #10 3 July 2016 1.144 #4 1.193 #3 [38][39]
Five
30 April 2017 1.000 #6 9 July 2017 # # [40]

Reno Rumble[edit]

Reno Rumble was a reality program which began airing on the Nine Network on 5 May 2015, that pit teams from House Rules against teams from Nine's TV series The Block. The program was not associated with the Seven Network or the House Rules format, other than for the fact Reno Rumble featured former House Rules contestants who are no longer contracted to Seven.[41]

The series was renewed for a second season but did not involve any former contestants from either House Rules or The Block.[42]

International[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

In Portugal the reality show is broadcast everyday at 11:00 p.m. on SIC Mulher (since May 2016) and in Angola the reality show is broadcast everyday at 01:30 p.m and 10:30 p.m on SIC Mulher internacional (since May 2016). On Belgium television, the show runs every weekday at 15u45 on Vitaya.

Adaptations[edit]

The Netherlands has remade House Rules which has been produced by Skyhigh TV for SBS channel Net 5.

An Irish version of House Rules will air on TV3.

Germany will produce a local version which will be produced by RedSeven Entertainment, for broadcaster Sat.1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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