Swimwear model Maddi's shoe room overhaul as House Rules hits tropical Pallarenda, Townsville

Swimwear model Maddi's shoe room overhaul as House Rules hits tropical Pallarenda, Townsville
Swimwear model Maddi's shoe room overhaul as House Rules hits tropical Pallarenda, Townsville

Cowboys community relations executive Maddison (Maddi) Carter and her aviation firefighting fiancé, Lloyd Wright, are having their House Rules renovation aired this week on Channel 7. There will be a 10 out of 10 perfect room reveal.

The Queenslanders Maddi and Lloyd are relatively laid-back, so their House Rules application almost never made it in.

It follows the Tasmanian renovation reveal and judging attracted a 1.68 million five city metropolitan ratings audience according to OZtam last night, beating The Voice on Channel 9.

Property Observer notes the far north Queensland couple had paid $372,000 for their somewhat leaning, four bedroom 1950s house (pictured above) which was marketed through Ross Real Estate Aitkenvale as "beachside paradise" given it is three streets back from the beach.

It had been passed in at March 2013 auction when $400,000 was being sought for the property which had been last sold at $348,000 in 2004.

It is the first regional, non-capital city location, filmed in the series.

"I walked in and didn’t even need to see the whole house... we just went ‘Yep’ and made an offer on the spot," says Maddi, a marketing manager and former reporter.

Their large, high-set timber home with a wrap-around deck and pool is minutes to the beach and backs onto a reserve frequented by wildlife. The house has been ravaged by the region’s tropical weather over its 25 years with rot and mould a problem, along with leaky taps, uneven floors, an almost unusable kitchen and a "grotty" bathroom with pink floor tiles.

One of the rooms has been used just for Maddi's shoes.

Swimwear model Maddi's shoe room overhaul as House Rules hits tropical Pallarenda, Townsville

Source: Channel 7.

Before joining the aviation firefighters, Lloyd worked in the building industry as a plasterer and labourer for close to a decade, while Maddi has grown up on building sites.

"I’ve lived in, like, 30 houses. Dad would renovate them and then we would move on to the next. I enjoy the smell of sawdust. It feels like home."

Both in their mid-20s, home for Lloyd was originally Papua New Guinea before his family moved to Cairns when he was six. Maddi hails from Victoria, but grew up in Brisbane.

The 2007 Australian Swimsuit Calendar June model Maddison Carter was also in the May '09 issue of Ralph.

The six new teams from around Australia put their homes on the line as they battle it out to become mortgage free against their competition rivals to transform every room in their house. They must have a strong emotional attachment to their newly purchased homes to be selected for the series, now in its second season. It was a Channel 7 reality television concept.

Host Johanna Griggs sends in designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave and build supervisor Chester Drife to oversee the teams, who have only one week to completely transform each home.

Two expert judges – architect Joe Snell and Home Beautiful editor Wendy Moore – score each teams’ renovation.

James Manning's Mediaweek speculated Maddi's colourful past "could be attracting a lot of media coverage this year".

Manning and media commentator Brenden Wood were interviewing co-executive producer, Maxine Gray after filming the series over the prior six months.

"I've been friends for 10 years or more….She tried to get into radio in Brisbane….as a news reader. She may have been a swimwear model for various magazines….she's pleasing on the eye," Brenden Wood chipped in, adding she was briefly at GWS in its foundation days.

Gray said the couple had an engaging personality with a big rambling Queenslander house that they thought had great potential.

"It was a tricky one for us…..is it going to be as good as a home in Brisbane in terms of rating?"

"All in all we thought it was worth going outside the capital city," she said. The series was filmed between October and Easter this year.

Photo courtesy of Channel 7.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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