Is House Rules Realistic?

Jun 23, 2019

House Rules and The Block are hugely popular reality TV series inspiring millions of Australians to renovate and re-design their homes. Contestants on House Rules have 7 days to completely renovate run-down homes, with the ultimate prize being a paid-for mortgage.

Teams during this season of House Rules performed an entire knock down rebuild, rather than a renovation – but is it realistic? The experts at Rosin Bros explore a few points to demonstrate whether these television shows really do demonstrate reality.


The knock down rebuild on House Rules resulted in what could be compared to a “kit home”, with no brickwork or roof tiling required. The interior was laden with incomplete painting and poor finishing – which you would expect to see when trying to do too much in 7 days!

In reality, a typical bathroom takes 6-8 weeks to build, and a kitchen takes 2 months. This factors in lead time for ordering and fitting materials.


Editing often makes the show look like it’s just the contestants on site, but occasionally you catch a glimpse of the real crew behind the project. Structural engineers, foremen, builders, plumbers, electricians, tilers – they’re all there working tirelessly in the background.

These tradespeople have been organised well in advance to work long hours on very tight deadlines, whereas builders usually have one core group of tradespeople with whom they have strong relationships and can trust to get the work done properly.


Brands and businesses supplying services to the show are provided with a very attractive marketing opportunity. So, it’s reasonable to expect that they will go above and beyond, making it a top priority to get things done much faster than industry standard.

How does a real build compare?

It’s great that these shows have inspired people to renovate, but it’s important to keep in mind that these shows are made for entertainment purposes. They can’t be realistic as they are intended to engage with viewers.

Real-life home builds require time – typically a year. A 7 day rebuild by comparison will result in a very demonstrable loss of both quality and costs that will continue to spiral. These shows have also created unreasonable expectations from professional builders, simply because the shows don’t properly explore real-world building processes.

For more information about starting a real knock down rebuild with outstanding quality in a reasonable time frame, call Danny or Robert Rosin on 6247 4799 or email

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