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House Rules: Crumbling Gundaroo cottage doubles in size and value

Glynis Quinlan 11 June 2019 31
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The dining and lounge room of Katie and Alex’s newly renovated home with its soaring ceilings. Photos: Channel Seven.

The Gundaroo home of House Rules contestants Katie and Alex Middlemiss has been transformed in seven days from a crumbling cottage “held up by twigs” to a 21st century country house with towering timber ceilings.

In the process the home has more than doubled in size and almost doubled in value, with its valuation increasing from $430,000 to $760,000 – a difference of $330,000.

The transformation, unveiled on television to the judges on Sunday night and to the home owners last night (June 10), was the biggest in the competition to date.

It included a new extension at the back of the home featuring soaring ceilings clad in laminated plywood. There was also a new roof for the house complete with numerous solar panels.

Several heritage features of the historic home were retained and incorporated into the new modern home, including a chimney in the kitchen. the original pressed tin ceiling in the master bedroom and a fireplace in one-year-old Hallie’s room.

The dramatic transformation has delighted Katie and Alex who were overwhelmed at the change to the 1880s cottage they bought in 2016 with its tiny proportions, ‘zero’ storage, non-functional kitchen and leaking master bedroom. They said the bank originally told them it was uninhabitable.

Katie and Alex outside their home ‘held up by twigs’ before it was transformed.

“It’s a different home,” enthused Alex upon seeing the renovated house.

“That’s the most amazing kitchen I’ve seen in my life,” said Katie.

Alex told the other contestants that they had changed the family’s lives.

“We could never repay you for what you’ve done for us,” Katie said to them.

Below is a video of what Katie and Alex’s cottage looked like inside before the renovation, followed by photos of what it looks like now (sourced from Channel Seven).

Katie and Alex backstory

Meet our adorable small town parents Katie and Alex. #couplegoals#HouseRules Coming After Easter to Channel 7 |

Posted by Channel 7 Perth on Thursday, 18 April 2019

The new kitchen

Hallie’s room.

Dining table and lovely feature mirror.

Guest bedroom.

New loungeroom.

The old and new in the renovated bathroom.

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House Rules: Crumbling Gundaroo cottage doubles in size and value
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8:16 am 14 Jun 19

Very "open style living". Love to see their winter power bill.

4:48 pm 13 Jun 19

Aaron Peat you must have seen the car in Canberra

3:58 pm 13 Jun 19

Just proves never say never 👏👏

8:12 am 13 Jun 19

Wendy Brewer, anything you want to share on this one?

12:15 am 13 Jun 19

Size, sure. Value? We'll see

10:36 pm 12 Jun 19

How can something so cheap-looking cost so much? Someone has been spending way too much time on K-Mart 'hack' pages...

    8:45 am 13 Jun 19

    Why so snobby ? It looks beautiful

    11:37 am 13 Jun 19

    Margaret Rose I'm just not a fan of the Scandi thing, it looks cheap and nasty to me. For a country home they could have gone rustic, it would have suited it better. Each to their own :)

8:00 pm 12 Jun 19

Such an amazing job and such a lovely watching .

4:21 pm 12 Jun 19

Steven Holder 7 days mate. Patty would t have even roughed in yet

3:52 pm 12 Jun 19

Chrischen Tammie Goodliffe our table and bench 🤙🤙

2:40 am 12 Jun 19

Great job, beautiful.

11:49 pm 11 Jun 19

Sylvia Green. That's the ceiling.

10:55 pm 11 Jun 19

Thanus Songprasart we need to watch this

10:55 pm 11 Jun 19

That's magnificent. No, seriously, well done to all those people who think renovations are the bread and butter of the 21st century. I salute you. Maybe one day you'll actually create something useful for society, but until then, well done for looking after yourselves.

10:54 pm 11 Jun 19

Amber Howe it looks lovely!

10:23 pm 11 Jun 19

Totally love the renovation. Well done to all contestants.

9:47 pm 11 Jun 19


Show dad

9:00 pm 11 Jun 19

Bradley Spud Ellidge your next lol

Maya123 8:21 pm 11 Jun 19

One of those baths that are hard to keep clean under.
Can’t say I like the three ply (that’s what it looks like) ceiling. Looks unfinished to me.

Heavs 6:30 pm 11 Jun 19

Simple all homes search would show the ‘before’ value to be blatantly incorrect.

2:51 pm 11 Jun 19

How much did the reno cost??

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