House Rules | USG Boral is back for another season!

USG Boral is a Proud Supplier to ‘House Rules’ on Channel 7

Season 8 of House Rules High Stakes saw eight teams take on the tallest challenge of the show to date, tackling two 32 story high penthouse apartments, six homes and one tiny home!

The teams had to learn how to communicate spacing issues amongst themselves as they attempted the Miami Beach penthouse design rules – one team crumbling under the pressure and walking off the show before the first penthouse renovation was completed. After the combined scores from both penthouse renovations, only six teams moved on to home renovations where each team had the opportunity to have their homes renovated by teammates. As proud suppliers of the show, we saw the teams utilise our SHEETROCK® and WETSTOP™ plasterboards, compounds and even a whole lounge room feature wall using our SHEETROCK® Cove cornice to completely transform both the penthouses and home renovations. 

For any information about products used, please contact your local trade store.


Only four teams moved onto the Grand Final week with scores reset and the final prize being anyone’s game. This season we watched the teams take on a 32-storey penthouse apartment as well as transforming their competing teams’ personal homes. 

This week the teams had to take on the large task of designing a tiny home for a homeless Australian. For the first time this season, the teams were faced with having to work out which rooms they would renovate amongst themselves, and with $100K on the line this was not an easy task. Given a tight turn-around deadline of 4 days to complete the renovation, the tiny home design rules included:

1. Be house proud and create a Zen inspired retreat.
2. Make sure Small is perfectly formed.
3. Decorate with life’s stylish accessories.
4. Be sustainable, natural and neutral 
5. Be cheeky with the use of LLB’s wallpaper.

The tiny home foundation was provided by Nano Homes Australia which is a shipping container shell base. When building tiny homes, proper insulation is vital. Our SHEETROCK® plasterboards and finishing compounds were used to transform the cold metal shell into a liveable home. The final scores came down to a one point difference between Kayne and Aimee, and Kimmy and Rhi. Congratulations to the twins from Tassie - Kimmy and Rhi for taking out the $100K and being crowned the 2020 House Rules Champions.

As Proud Suppliers of this season’s House Rules, we have loved seeing our products help transform the contestants’ dream homes. For any of the products used on the show visit our USG Boral product page or find your local USG Boral trade store or stockist for help with your next project.




The teams travelled to Tasmania for the final home renovation - Kimmy’s home. The Tassie Twins handed over the keys in the hopes of having her house transformed into the mid-century, modern home of her dreams. Tensions were high this week with a three-way tie for last place going into the double elimination renovation. Kimmy’s design rules were:

1. Design an edgy, mid-century modern home for the Tassie Twins.
2. Don’t be generic, think vintage cool.
3. Pack a punch with retro colours.
4. Present a plush pooch pad and playground.
5. We love to lounge and entertain, so be generous here.

The neutral-tone loving team Tanya and Dave struggled with the retro colour scheme requested by the Tassie Twins, but produced a beautiful living room that fit the mid-century ticket. While Laith and George designed a fabulously retro pooch playground for Kimmy’s beloved dogs. Our SHEETROCK® plasterboards and finishing compounds were used to help the teams transform the layout of the Launceston home. This week teams Lenore and Bradley, Tanya and Dave were both eliminated after the final scores.

Congratulations to Kayne and Aimee for escaping the tent for a 3rd week in a row – instead taking home the $10K.

Next week the remaining teams will move on to the Grand Final challenge.



Lenore and Bradley finally got a rest this week whilst the teams got stuck into Lenore’s Greystanes house. The double elimination is only two renovations away and weighing heavily on the teams’ minds. The stakes are definitely raised. Lenore and Bradley outlined their design rules:

1. We would love a refreshed Hamptons home.
2. Open up with light and love.
3. Give us the blues.
4. Deliver elegance with contemporary, clean and crisp wet areas.
5. My grandson Aiden deserves a nursery fit for a Prince.

As per usual not every team had a seamless week with issues from a time consuming 180 shell light feature to running short on products. What did go right was our delivery and use of our  SHEETROCK® plasterboards and finishing compounds to help the teams create Lenore’s Hamptons dream home. There was a teary return for Lenore and Bradley to their family home as they walked through their beautifully renovated house. Congratulations to Kimmi and Rhi for taking away the $10K again this week.This time their prize money is going towards their mother to give back for supporting them.  Unfortunately for Kayne and Aimee who found themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard again. Next week will be the final renovation before the double elimination. Time to turn up the heat. 

For more information on the NSW renovation, watch the full makeover here.


This week saw the teams travel to QLD to renovate minimalist couple, Tamara and Rhys’s home. There were plenty of challenges this week from asbestos removals costing the teams a full day’s work and heavy rain causing stress. Tamara and Rhys outlined their design rules for their home:

1. Design an integrated, clutter-free, minimalist home.
2. Sleek finishes and modern lines. 
3. Pepper with jewel tones
4. Deliver a WOW in every room.
5. Give Rhys a paradise to pump iron in. 

Although delivered in the rain, the teams ensured our WETSTOP™ plasterboard, Stud Adhesive and Compounds made it inside safely so they could get onto building. The asbestos removal meant the entire house needed all of the interior linings replaced. Installing and sanding new walls in living spaces was quick to light work thanks to our SHEETROCK® plasterboards and finishing compounds, with Kimmi and Rhi able to start painting their feature wall well ahead of time. Kimmi and Rhi were also assigned the laundry space to renovate. They translated the integration rule perfectly by using our water-resistant WETSTOP™ plasterboard to provide a sleek and practical laundry. The teams had mixed reactions from the judges as well as Tamara and Rhys, but Laith and George came out on top taking home their first win of $10K.

For more information on the QLD renovation, watch the full makeover here.



Flying over to WA this week to complete Tanya and Dave’s family home. The teams were confronted by an enormous house (three rooms per team!) and given the task of transforming it into an open-plan beach pad. Tanya and Dave were concerned that none of the teams renovating had kids of their own, leading them to question if they knew how to renovate an effective family home. The design rules included:

1. Give us a natural, coastal, family home.
2. Storage solutions for the whole family.
3. Layer and texture with rattan and cane. 
4. Deliver with refined use of whites and dusty tones.
5. We’d love a break from the kids upstairs.

From last week’s cornice feature wall to this week’s use of our Sydney decorative cornice to complete the stairwell, our cornices are quickly becoming the stars of the renovated rooms. View our full range of cornice options. The teams continued utilising our SHEETROCK® plasterboard to renovate the house’s interior linings including Wet Area Plasterboard in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry to give Tanya and Dave’s forever home lasting support. Congratulations to Kayne & Aimee who scored top of the leader board and taking home the $10K after the combined scores from the judges and teams.


The teams headed to Western Sydney to begin renovation on Laith and George’s bachelor pad. Kayne and Aimee were excited to get their hands dirty in their first home renovation. This will be the boy’s first home out of their parent’s house - joking that they don’t need a laundry with their parents home only a few streets away. The layout of the home was definitely a challenge for the teams with no roof or floor materials the same throughout the house. This week George set the design rules for Laith’s first home:

1. Create a suave and sophisticated, masculine home
2. Style with deep heritage colours. 
3. We’ll be looking for the finer details and quality craftsmanship
4. Give us a VIP lounge fit for distinguished us
5. Open up for family gatherings 

Our SHEETROCK® Cove Cornice was innovatively used by Lenore and Bradley as a feature wall in the living room. The cornice would’ve added sophistication to the room if only used on the ceilings, but the application to also create a textured feature wall definitely added to the suave look of the room. The house needed a full gutting to create Laith and George’s open-plan design rule. To achieve this, the teams installed our SHEETROCK® plasterboard and Boral Builders Cement to complete the new build.

Kimmi and Rhi were able to hold their lead after the final scores between the judges, Laith and George - as well as the teams scoring each other’s rooms.

If you are looking to complete your own DIY project, our trade stores are open nationally for product orders.


Kayne and Aimee’s Cranbourne house was first up on the renovation block. If the stakes weren’t high enough before, now the teams have to create high-end finishes for people with whom they have built a connection. To ensure consistency throughout their home Kayne and Aimee set their design rules:

1. Create a modern, light-filled eco-ranch
2. Embrace texture and upcycle wood
3. Be soft and subtle with colour
4. Think inside-out with the bathroom
5. Bring relaxation and the rainforest into our master bedroom 

This week was all about building foundations to last and the teams were seen padding out Kayne and Aimee’s walls and ceilings with our SHEETROCK® Plasterboard and Flexiboard®, while the guest and ensuite bathrooms got their makeover with our water-resistant WETSTOP™ plasterboard. As an added bonus towards Kayne and Aimee’s eco focus, all USG Boral plasterboard products are manufactured from a combination of natural gypsum, and paper liner made from 100% reclaimed and recycled paper waste and our WETSTOP plasterboard may even contribute to Green Star credit points.

Congratulations to the twins Kimmi and Rhi on winning the $10K with their combined scores of Kayne, Aimee, the judges and amongst themselves. Looking forward to seeing how the teams take on Laith and George’s home in the next renovation. 

If you are looking to complete your own DIY project, our trade stores are open nationally for product orders.




The Miami Beach penthouse renovation is officially complete. The teams had to abide by updated house rules:

1. Create a Miami Beach penthouse
2. Embrace the sexy curves and views 
3. Impress with gelato colours
4. Entertain upstairs with lavish style
5. Give each bedroom an identity 

The pressure was high this week, with the Miami Beach penthouse renovation part two being the deciding factor on whose house is renovated later in the series. In order for the teams to get through to the next round, they were scored on their combined renovations. The teams struggled with the difference between the luxury and lavish rules. We were very excited to see the teams using our BaseCote 60 and SHEETROCK® Total Lite compounds to achieve their lavish walls and ceilings. Find out more about our compounds.

Unfortunately, the cheerleaders Susan and Anthony found themselves at the bottom of the scoreboard and missed out on their dream of having their house renovated. We can’t wait to see how the existing teams take on the home renovations moving forward!  



Season 8 has started with a bang, raising this year’s stakes 32 stories high! As a proud supplier of House Rules 2020, we are loving how this year’s teams are jumping on the challenge of incorporating the design rules:

1. Create a Miami Beach penthouse
2. Embrace the sexy curves and views
3. Impress gelato colour
4. Size matters in the kitchen
5. Add luxury and glamour to the Master Bedroom

We have already spotted our SHEETROCK® HD plasterboard on Monday’s episode being used in Laith and George’s retreat room, as well as the cheerleaders Susan and Anthony in their bar on Tuesday night. Our SHEETROCK® HD 13mm plasterboard with superior acoustical performance is perfect to use in high noise volume areas such as a bar and bedroom retreat. Find out more about our plasterboard products. (

This luxury Miami Beach apartment challenge set the scene for the rest of the season as it secures a spot in the Top 6 and a guarantee for the winner’s house being renovated. Congratulations to Tanya and Dave for winning this first challenge.