House Rules: Carole and Russell Bramston rule the roost in Boya

Carole and Russell Bramston at their Boya home after the 2014 House Rules renovation. Picture: Bruce Hunt d419444
Carole and Russell Bramston at their Boya home after the 2014 House Rules renovation. Picture: Bruce Hunt d419444

AFTER buying a dilapidated house built in the 1970s on classifieds website Gumtree, Carole and Russell Bramston decided to try their luck and apply for the 2014 series of the reality television show House Rules.

Ever since news spread that the house would feature on the popular series, it has been the talk of Boya and the Hills, with residents keen to have a sneak peek inside.

Carole agreed to buy the house early in 2013 ” without consulting her husband Russell.

The couple moved from the coastal area of Sorrento to the Hills ‘for the views’, which are spectacular from the couple’s newly renovated home.

Carole said when they bought the property they were shocked by how run down it had become.

‘Everything leaked, the kitchen was a disgrace and the sewerage was full,’ she said.

‘I saw that they were asking for contestants on House Rules, so we got an application. We sat together doing it for a few weeks.’

After being accepted to take part, the couple are one of six teams competing on the show to have their mortgage full repaid. Although the winner is a closely guarded secret, Carole and Russell agreed that their personalities and what was shown on the show were ‘pretty accurate’.

‘It’s ‘pretty typical’ for us,’ Russell said.

‘It doesn’t bother me. Carole knows everything.’

After they renovated and sold their first Perth house at a profit, the pair lost money when land values dropped during the global financial crisis in 2008. They had rented until they bought the Boya house.

House Rules was recorded some weeks ago and despite the gruelling 14-hour days, not including the time required to plan for the next day and record a video diary, the pair do miss being a part of the reality TV show.

‘They were really long hours; it was pretty intense work but I miss it. I miss the journey and the other contestants,’ Carole said.

‘We would do it again. It was a life-changing experience. A lot of people are amazed by the house now and you can see them stopping in their cars to get a closer look at it.’

Unfortunately for the stickybeaks, the home is a ‘closed shop’ because of a confidentiality agreement.