House Rules: "I watched as they destroyed my house"
HOUSE Rules contestant Fiona Taylor discovered her family home was due to be demolished just minutes before a giant wrecking ball flattened the property.
The Victorian single-mum-of-two was told on camera the house she had bought for $100,000 for herself and her two boys Keanan, 11, and Bannon, 14, was set to be destroyed. Moments later a crane wielding a wrecking ball demolished the Grampian Ranges property.
When asked if she knew demolishing her home in its entirety was a possible outcome of going on the show she said, "I found out they could on camera. That was real."
"They can do anything the want," added Taylor, 44, who appears on the show with her best friend and team mate Nicole Prince, 44. "I shed a tear for all the memories we shared there."
Contestants who enter House Rules are required to sign a contract with Channel Seven which outlines their participation in the show.
When asked about whether the contract included a clause specifying homes could be demolished, a Channel Seven spokesman said: "We don't comment on contract specifics as it's confidential between production and the contestant, however as the contestants are handing over their keys, they are handing over control of their house."
This is the first time in the show's five-year history a house has been demolished, giving contestants the task of rebuilding from scratch in just seven days.
Lovingly nicknamed "the shack" for its ramshackle appearance, Taylor's former home was deemed "uninhabitable" as it lacked basic amenities including running water and electricity.
As a result, Taylor was to rent a unit in country Victoria where she lived with her two sons. Meeting both her rental and mortgage payments placed the admin worker under great financial strain.
"I almost lost the house last year but family stepped in to help me out," she reflected.
Despite the shock demolition, Taylor said she had "no regrets" about appearing on the show.