Duo enjoy fruits of kitchen labour
Candy Stuart and Ryan Pusic. Picture: Supplied

It's never easy to willingly hand over your house keys for a group of strangers to renovate your home as they please but, for the most part, Sydney couple Candy Stuart and Ryan Pusic are thankful they did.

The duo were the first team to put their home up for a complete overhaul on Seven's reality renovation series, House Rules.

Given that they only met their renovation rivals in passing - quite literally as they handed over their keys - it's no surprise they were riddled with feelings of trepidation when it came to viewing the result of a whirlwind seven-day transformation in last night's house reveal.

"We didn't know anyone's names, we didn't know what background they came from, the experiences they had," Pusic told AAA. "So in that sense, it was nerve-racking to hand over the keys."

Among the design rules the couple had put in place for teams when renovating the outdated three-bedroom abode was to include elements of "citrus" in the colour scheme as well as create an "edgy but arty" feel with the interior decor.

Stuart was the first to admit she was worried teams would misinterpret their "citrus" design rule.

"I only wanted citrus in the kitchen, so I spent a week worrying I'd get a fluoro-coloured house," Stuart laughed. "But I was very relieved when I walked in."

Pusic admitted that the "fluoro" rule could have turned out a lot worse.

"They probably put a bit more citrus than we would have liked in the house but, once we saw it, we liked it even more," he said.

WA couple Carole and Russell Bramston, who were tasked with redoing the kitchen and dining zone, emerged the victors of last week's whole-house renovation and, according to Stuart and Pusic, left, were completely deserving of their win.

"The kitchen is pretty much exactly what I wanted, it's like they read my mind," Stuart said.

"We adore the kitchen, it's definitely our favourite part of the house and the one room that we really, really needed to be great, and it was," Pusic added.

The next home to undergo a complete overhaul is the Bramstons' "renovate or detonate" Hills home in Boya, which they purchased off classifieds website Gumtree.

But as for how the NSW couple would fare in their first renovation challenge after a relaxing week off, Stuart hinted to expect more emotionally fuelled drama.

"I'm a bit nervous about this one," she said. "I was definitely thrown into the deep end, so expect some tears and a lot of hard work."

Despite his tradie background as an electrician, Pusic said nothing could prepare him for what was to come.

"It was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life," he said.

The West Australian

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