NSW dairy farmers Toad & Mandy have won House Rules 2018, pocketing a $355,000 cash prize.
They scored 24 / 30 points, just one point ahead of Queensland couple Mel & Dave on 23 / 30 points.
The grand final required teams to make over each other’s front yard in just four days.
Mel & Dave’s front yard, renovated by Toad & Mandy, saw judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen declare, “I see an incredibly commercial piece of design, I see that and that proves to me you two can go to the outside and create very, very successful design alongside the dairy farming… perhaps not as innovative, not as creative and not as sexy as we have seen from you in the past… but it absolutely answered the brief and I think it was the perfect evocation of their style of Hamptons.”
Of Toad & Mandy’s front yard, renovated by Mel & Dave, Wendy Moore said: “I think you did create a really beautiful, elegant home. You did justice to the house… and that front section finished it off beautifully. You did have a lot of ideas but I liked most of them.”
This year’s prize money was the profit from a challenge house sale renovated in the season launch.
Asked by host Johanna Griggs what they would do with the prize Mandy said: “We are probably going to get married first.”
Despite a soft start the House Rules quickly built in audience numbers, proving competitive to both Australian Ninja Warrior and MasterChef Australia.
Seven has confirmed it will return for its 7th season in 2019.