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House Rules 2017 is back – but without Joe S...

House Rules 2017 is back – but without Joe Snell

house rules 2017 judges laurence lewelyn bowen and drew heath

It’s that time of year, Creatives; House Rules 2017 and The Block 2017 are soon to hit out TV screens. While word on the street is that the latter won’t land for months to come, Channel 7’s home reno reality series is set to debut much sooner.

The one noticeable difference this year is that you won’t see Joe Snell on the judging panel. There doesn’t seem to be any word on why Joe is not present year (I searched news feeds, Twitter and Instagram). But onwards and upwards, as they say. Channel 7 has replaced Joe with two new judges; Brit Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Aussie architect Drew Heath.

New Season, New House Rules judges

Laurence I know from the UK version of Changing Rooms, which I used to watch on free-to-air as a teenager (showing my age and his). He’s out there, flamboyant, and not backward in coming forward. He’s set to be the harsher judge, he admits.

“I’m incredibly passionate about encouraging Australians to discover the potential within their own home,” Laurence says of judging House Rules 2017. “I do have a reputation for being quite tough… and that’s putting it mildly, but when people are just creating show rooms for the hell of it they’re not creating their dream home. I feel we all have the ability to unveil the hidden magic in which we reside”.

Drew’s approach to the judging panel I expect to be a softer one. Inspired by handmade and handcrafted home design, he says that he’s looking forward to stepping into the experience.

“House Rules is an exciting opportunity for me to do something completely different. I see the house as the most important place for our well-being so it will be interesting and difficult to judge others as it makes you think about your own principles. I look forward to being inspired by the teams who come from all walks of life”.

Johanna Griggs House Rules 2016 House Rules host

Griggsy is back!

Johanna Griggs will host House Rules 2017 along with returning judge Wendy Moore and interior designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave. I don’t have an official release date for you yet, but expect news delivered straight to you as it comes in. And a whole season of Monday morning recaps and judging from yours truly!

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What are your thoughts on these two new judges? I’d love to hear what you think of the House Rules 2017 makeover.


Outside of his work as Editor of The Life Creative blog, Chris is also an interior stylist, presenter and author. His first book, Sydney Precincts, is out now. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Kim

    8 April

    Having briefly skimmed House Rules in previous seasons (and being bored witless by the judging), having LL-B on will be a massive injection of life and colour into the show. He is actually a reason to tune into House Rules.

  2. Robyn Fuhrmeister

    17 April

    What a shame to see such a idiot involved in House Rules, Australia has top designers…I believe that LL-B in a waste of space .a good reason to tune out!

  3. Aallee

    18 April

    Oh God no!!! I cannot believe that Channel 7 is going to do to House Rules what it’s done to ruin My Kitchen Rules! From your ads it would seem that you are adding the fake, garbage, crap, boring “drama” of fights/rudeness/bitchiness etc etc. Get a clue Channel 7 – take a look in your dictionary for the definition of the word “REALITY” – it does NOT say “throw in as much rubbish & false people/situations as you can!!!!” Nobody even believes the crap such as that just having been seen in MKR & it’s boring, boring, boring, boring! Guess this is the second of my previously favourite shows that I will not bother watching ever again.

  4. Annoyed

    30 April

    Cant wait till its over!!! First season im not going to watch. Id rather watch mkr reruns instead of house rules.
    Fake stories of struggling contestants like previous seasons, then to find out they own more than 1 property. Great way making the rich increase there property values.

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