House Rules crowns a winner
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
A DREAM has come true for Aaron and Daniella Winter, crowned the winners of House Rules for 2017.
The Gold Coast couple were awarded $200,000 by the Channel Seven program after they beat their 'besties' Team SA Kate Whiting and James 'Harry' Harris in a nailbiting grand final.
Judges Wendy Moore, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Drew Heath gave Team Qld the top score of 27 out of 30, which saw them take the win by two points.
Carpenter Aaron, 31, and dance teacher Daniella, 38, burst into tears when they heard the result.
"We just didn't think it could happen," said Aaron, his voice choked with emotion.
"House Rules has not only brought us closer but the $200,000 helps us get ahead in life," he said. "It means I can spend more time with my family, it's beautiful."
The prize money is "life-changing" for the young family.
"We definitely want to put all the money onto the mortgage," Daniella told News Corp Australia. "And then we've got about a billion plans of what we would want to do - I might kick Aaron out of the house and I'll go on a massive holiday," she quipped.
And, in what may be the most amicable ending in House Rules history, the couple also plan on taking a family holiday with their "lifelong" friends Team SA, who remained graceful in the face of defeat and said they were "genuinely happy" for their friends.
A force to be reckoned with from the outset, the Winters triumphed with their final transformation of the side passage of Team SA's Adelaide home, despite all judges agreeing it was a "difficult" space to work with.
They also struggled to interpret the House Rule which asked them to create an "ultimate boho blokes' hangout" and tool shed for Harry within just four days.
"It was the hardest thing we've ever had to do," said Aaron.
Aaron and Daniella uprooted their lives to go on the program just three-and-a-half months after Daniella gave birth. Throughout the seven-month production, Daniella was wracked with the "mother's guilt" of being away from her newborn baby Brooklyn, and toddler, Jackson, and started to crumble under the physical and emotional strain.
Her body began "breaking down" and she became so sleep-deprived she started hallucinating.
However, with a brand new home and a whopping cash prize in their pocket, the Winters believe all the heartache was worth it.
"House Rules completely changed our lives," Daniella said. "(It's given us) a beautiful home, we've met great people, and made great friends," she said.
"Aaron doesn't have to be working seven days a week, I don't have to be working as much and we can actually spend time and raise our children properly - that's all I've ever wanted," she said.