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House Rules 2016: Inside the First Lot of Garden Reveals

House Rules 2016: Inside the First Lot of Garden Reveals

Well, it seems as if Queensland twins Luke and Cody are set to win House Rules 2016. That’s if the current trend for them coming first so often is anything to go by.

This week the teams undertook challenging garden transformations, and the brothers came out on top with a score of 17 out of 20.

The boys took on Brooke and Michelle’s front garden, giving them a fresh outdoor area, complete with new fence, terrace, driveway, carport and cubby house. They also repointed the bricks at the front of the heritage listed bungalow, and impressed judges Wendy Moore and Joe Snell in the process.

“Guys, you had me at the front fence,” Wendy Moore said. “It was great to see you had repointed the brick work, not an easy job”.

Joe Snell added, “The carport was a great effort and your terrace was a great spot to sit and survey the whole front yard”.

Brooke and Michelle were equally grateful for their transformed garden, and were blown away by the fact that they now had three chickens joining the family. It was part of their house rules – getting a living pantry – and they certainly got what they were after.

“We are going to get fresh eggs every day,” Brooke said.

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Fil and Joe came in second place this week, incorporating a caravan cubby house, sandpit area, outdoor shower, fireplace and shower into Claire and Hagan’s tiny backyard.

In terms of what I thought of the front yard, I have to say it looks rather lovely.

I’m an interior stylist, not a landscape gardener, so I can’t comment too much on the design aspect of the space, except to say that I think they were wise to take a less is more approach in the yard. It is in keeping with the period of the home for the most part, and isn’t trying too hard.

I do think that pink cubby house is a bit of an eyesore. And it’s not the colour that’s the issue (pink can be amazing, after all). They should have matched the cubby house to the colour of the home’s fencing and added colour to the zone using flowers and decorative pots if they were looking to add some interest. It just stands out for all the wrong reasons here.

The competition is now entering its finals round, and I reckon Fil and Joe are going to come out on top in the coming weeks and win House Rules 2016 (probably because I like them more than any of the other teams!).

What did you think of the winning garden this week? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts on all things House Rules 2016. 


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. I just can’t imagine doing all that work in just 4 days – we have laid a new driveway, built a garage, fence, paving, lawn and it’s taken us years and we have only just got to the planting stage now! It’s a lot of work I just hope that it is done well so that it stays looking good for years to come. I agree about the cubby house it was a little too pink but I’m impressed the boys went for such a bold colour!

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