The second season of renovation show House Rules premiered last night with the promise to deliver more twists, turns and drama than last year's series.
The first cabs off the rank to subject their home to a whirlwind week-long makeover by strangers were Candy and Ryan, from Sydney's western suburbs, who confessed their crippling mortgage payments left them with little money to renovate their dated cottage.
With most contestants having no experience in tearing up old houses, WA contenders Carole and Russell Bramston already appeared to have the upper hand because of their history of remodelling homes.
However, when they were tasked with potentially the most challenging zone - the kitchen and dining room - cracks quickly began to appear in the married couple's communication, with Carole admitting their relationship was "cantankerous" at the best of times.
With seven kids at home, Tasmanians Brooke and Grant declared they weren't afraid of a fight to the top in a bid to find room for their brood, while newly coupled Adelaide duo Bomber and Mel worried they had already jeopardised their chances by salvaging a chunky orange wardrobe they must use in their zone.
Lisa, of team Victoria, and Maddi, of team Queensland, also had their work cut out for them when both revealed they could not drive manual cars to get supplies, leaving their partners Adam and Lloyd to put down the tools and give them both driving lessons.