Johanna Griggs, centre, with the 2016 House Rules teams, from left, Nancy and Daniel, Fil and Joe, Claire and Hagan, Luke and Cody (front), Brooke and Michelle and Rose and Rob.
Johanna Griggs, centre, with the 2016 House Rules teams, from left, Nancy and Daniel, Fil and Joe, Claire and Hagan, Luke and Cody (front), Brooke and Michelle and Rose and Rob. Channel 7

New season of House Rules built on heart

THE new season of House Rules has a lot of heart, says host Johanna Griggs.

The fourth series of the reality renovation show debuts tonight, and features five sets of parents hoping to secure a better future for their children.

Each week, the six teams must renovate the interiors of each other's homes.

The home owners aren't allowed to work on their own properties, and instead must leave their set of house design rules for their competitors to carry out.

"This year's couples are unapologetic about why they're there," Griggs told APN.

"They get it's a reality TV show but it's not life or death. They've got bigger priorities at home.

"But you can see how much it means to them because of how long it had taken them to get to where they were. They're on the treadmill of life and now they get to go forward with that huge chunk (home renovation) that most of us spend our lives working towards."

With little to no previous renovation or interior design experience, the House Rules teams have a steep learning curve ahead of them.

Griggs said they hit some high highs, but also some low lows during the course of the show.

"I would say this year there is easily, hands down, my favourite home design in the four series of House Rules," she said.

"But the week before there was also my least favourite design in the four series.

"When the show airs it's very rare I'll get through a grocery shop without a teller telling me how much they loved a bedroom (for example) and then the person behind me (in the queue) says 'oh I hated that'."

Griggs can't wait for the country to fall in love with down-to-Earth country lads Luke and Cody from Dalby, Queensland.

The 23-year-old twin brothers are the youngest contestants in the new series and have yet to settle down.

"They had a great appreciation for how difficult it was for the other teams being away from their families; they missed their own family terribly," she says.

"Their mum was completely and utterly worried the whole time they were away."

House Rules premieres tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 7 and continues tomorrow.



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