With no one from Sydney, Katie and Alex Middlemiss, who have an 1880s cottage in the Southern Tablelands, are the NSW representatives on Channel 7’s new series of House Rules.
They moved to Gundaroo from the ACT in 2016 when they paid $470,000 for the near derelict two-bedroom 70 sqm cottage on its 1900 sqm block, one of the town’s original homes.
No doubt they will get a modern house that doubles in size with a $300,000 spend.
Katie is billed as the stay-at-home mum, and Alex is her federal police officer husband. They told host Johanna Griggs they desire a master bedroom that doesn’t leak.
She’s been a personal trainer, done midwifery and founded Fudie, which provided nutritious meals to busy individuals around Canberra.
Despite their obvious renovation novice status — she’s set to be the brains and he the brawn — the couple admit the series has been a crazy ride with many sacrifices — the hardest being away from their 14-month-old daughter Haillie.
The show is in its seventh year, featuring an expanded judging panel with Jamie Durie, who review the work of the six state teams as they transform each other’s homes.