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House Rules heads to Gundaroo and Canberra to renovate a crumbling 1800s’ cottage

Glynis Quinlan 4 June 2019 28
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Katie, Alex and baby Hallie in front of their crumbling 1800s cottage which is badly in need of a makeover. Photo: Channel Seven.

Channel Seven’s hit program House Rules heads to Gundaroo and Canberra tonight as competition frontrunners Katie and Alex Middlemiss hand over the keys to their crumbling historic cottage to fellow contestants for a makeover.

Screening at 7:30 pm, tonight’s episode will see Katie and Alex taking a break while the five other teams discover the delights of renovating their home in tiny Gundaroo, aided by shopping trips to the large stores in Canberra.

The nation’s capital promises to earn some solid screen time as the teams make the 40-minute drive to Canberra to go shopping in stores such as Beaumont Tiles, Early Settler, Highgrove Bathrooms and Fantastic Furniture.

Last year House Rules’ teams also made the trip to Canberra to buy furniture for the makeover of Toad and Mandy’s home in Candelo, near Bega. Photo: House Rules.

Katie and Alex are looking forward to having their home transformed, saying that it is small, has zero storage and is falling down.

Despite their obvious affection for the 1800s cottage they bought in 2016, the couple know it is desperately in need of work – saying the kitchen isn’t functional and their master bedroom is a water chamber.

Alex, an AFP officer, and Katie, a stay-at-home mum with a flair for design, moved from Canberra to Gundaroo three years ago and share the cottage with their one-year-old daughter, Hallie.

Having both grown up in the country they were looking for more of an ‘off-the-grid lifestyle’ and will let the other teams know that they would like an ‘eco-sustainable’ home.

Competition frontrunners Katie and Alex are hoping to give our region another win in House Rules. Photo: Instagram @KatieAlexAU.

Tonight, Alex will tell the teams to renovate the cottage in harmony with each other, while Katie hopes they will be in tune with the peace and quiet of the area.

“I grew up here… so to come back to this kind of area it makes you slow down, your priorities change. You learn to know your neighbours – it’s just this beautiful old school community,” Katie will tell the teams.

Katie and Alex are the region’s newest hopes for a win on House Rules and hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners, down-to-earth dairy farmers, Toad and Mandy, who also hailed from the local region (Candelo, near Bega).

The two couples met up for lunch late last week and instantly hit it off – with Toad and Mandy sure to be watching closely tonight.

Alex, Katie and baby Hallie met up with Mandy and Toad for lunch late last week. Photo: Instagram @toadandmandy.

“Had the pleasure of meeting these three today,” Toad and Mandy wrote in an Instagram post last Saturday.

“Lucky we weren’t on the same season because as teams, we’re just too alike!!! It was good to have a chat about our adventures over lunch and a drink. This won’t be the last of us four in one pic.”

To see what Katie and Alex’s cottage looks like before the renovation take a look at the video below sourced from Facebook (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

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House Rules heads to Gundaroo and Canberra to renovate a crumbling 1800s’ cottage
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1:38 pm 11 Jun 19

Super cool

10:24 am 07 Jun 19

Go the boys

10:10 am 07 Jun 19

Isn't 1800s' buildings normally heritage listed and you can't change the outside appearance? It will be interesting to see the result of the reno.

7:42 am 07 Jun 19

Doug Middlemiss your relos?

9:48 pm 06 Jun 19

Doug Middlemiss your relos?

5:14 pm 06 Jun 19

Neil Middlemiss , any relation ?

9:05 am 06 Jun 19

Tay Mcguinness that’s why you saw them

6:00 am 06 Jun 19

Love them hope they win

6:09 pm 05 Jun 19

Will Bruce we need to apply for the next season!

5:59 pm 05 Jun 19

Hope their house is so cool

5:37 pm 05 Jun 19


3:22 pm 05 Jun 19

I'd love to find out how they dated the house! My Gandmothers old house where she raised a large family and lived for many years . My father can attest that the house was constructed well into th1900's !

3:02 pm 05 Jun 19

Pablo Here's your answer

9:13 am 05 Jun 19

Love this couple and the boys!

7:28 am 05 Jun 19

Steven Mclean I thought this cop looked familiar he helped us in that car accident

5:01 am 05 Jun 19

I don't even watch the show so no i don't support them or anyone on that show.

6:02 pm 04 Jun 19

Go Katie and Alex 😊🍾

3:31 pm 04 Jun 19

No l served Melbourne couple Carmelina Bono

2:55 pm 04 Jun 19

John Gibson this is defs why we saw their cars those few months ago

2:09 pm 04 Jun 19

Can’t stand these two. The boys for the win.

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