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Tropical oasis wows Perth pair
Carole and Russell Bramston. Picture: Michael Wilson/ The West Australian

Carole Bramston can barely believe her luck at the fairytale makeover bestowed on the Perth Hills home she shares with husband Russell.

The transformation has played out in the latest season of Seven's House Rules, with the interior of the couple's Boya cottage first given the renovation treatment early on in the series.

And now the dream home of the duo is complete, with the newly landscaped gardens being unveiled on the hit show last night.

Under the watch of Melbourne team Adam Dovile and Lisa Lamond, the front yard was updated from a rocky outcrop littered with grassy bushes and boulders to a tropical oasis complete with an entertaining deck and stone sculptures that rendered Carole lost for words when she first laid eyes on the new space.

"I look at that front yard every day when I drive home now and I go 'wow'," the WA grandmother told Access All Areas.

"It's so beautiful, and the vision is exactly what we would have done. I was over the moon, I was absolutely speechless.

"The word 'amazing' is just not enough - there are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how magnificent that garden was."

Carole added she was equally impressed with the Balinese-inspired backyard delivered by NSW pair Candy Stuart and Ryan Pusic, saying she could see her young grandkids running around on the freshly laid lawn.

But the week was not without its challenges, with the Bramstons only being given three-and-a-half days to work wonders on Stuart and Pusic's garden in Sydney.

While the homeowners commended team WA on the way they created two separate outdoor living areas, they were not so impressed with a sculpture made from railway sleepers that Stuart likened to a "grave".

The Bramston's new front garden. Picture: Supplied

Carole admitted adding in the offbeat feature had been a risky move.

"I really did like the sleepers that we cemented in vertically," she said.

"(But) I had a lot of trouble trying to keep Russell on task because he was so against it. I was thinking we will just pour some concrete and stick them in. I was pushing boundaries there."

As part of the final four teams competing for the ultimate prize of having their mortgage paid off, Carole and Russell will next head back to Townsville to revamp the garden of Maddi Carter and Lloyd Wright's large Queenslander.

Carole said research into the house rules would be more important than ever as the contest moved into its final stages.

The West Australian

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