Home in WA celebrates 500 episodes
Dan Paris. Picture: Iain Gillespie

Whether building a new home, renovating your kitchen, shopping for furniture or rolling up your sleeves in the garden, improving our homes is virtually a national pastime in Australia.

So perhaps it's not surprising that locally produced infotainment series Home in WA is celebrating 15 years of bringing viewers everything they need to know to create their dream home.

The popular program will broadcast its 500th episode tomorrow, with a one-hour special packed full of all the locally focused advice, ideas and inspiration it's famous for.

Host Dan Paris, who joined the Home in WA team this season, believes the show's popularity is due in part to West Australians' passion for all things homes.

"Five hundred episodes for any program is just amazing, and particularly one over here in WA," he says. "I think people tune in to get good advice and good ideas, and that's what the show provides.

"I think in Perth, to generalise, there's a real interest in home renovating, home buying and property investing.

"It's not only the great Australian dream, it's actually the great Australian pastime too."

The former Neighbours star and accomplished landscape photographer says that as well as bringing viewers the local names they need to know - the series has featured more than 2000 products, businesses and services - Home in WA also helps take the mystery out of complex topics such as building.

"The last few months we've been interviewing Craig Park and going through the process of actually building your own home which . . . I guess is quite daunting but he's condensed it, simplified it and made it really quite manageable and approachable," Paris says.

The weekly series, which first aired in 2000, combines expert tips, profiles, trends and information on the local industry, from fixtures and home-related services to gardening and sourcing all those stylish finishing touches that make a house a home.

Viewers can expect to see a few famous faces when the big 500th episode goes to air, with guest appearances by a host of Seven personalities including Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr, Manu Feildel from My Kitchen Rules, House Rules' Carole and Russell Bramston, as well as a special message from Premier Colin Barnett.

The episode also features the launch of a Poolwerx competition, where viewers have the chance to share in more than $3700 worth of pool accessories.

When it comes to his own four walls, Paris - who lives in Esperance with his partner and two children - says most of his renovating projects take place outdoors.

"With a 10-acre (4ha) property there's always something to do," he laughs. "I spend most of my time in the vegetable patch.

"It's great because the kids know everything in the vegie patch, they know how to grow it. The five-year-old, he wants to be a gardener when he grows up. It's fantastic."

The special 500th episode of Home in WA airs on Seven/GWN7 on September 6 at 4.30pm.

The West Australian

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