Not enough red: House Rules’ Fiona 'disappointed' with home
WHEN Fiona Taylor saw the new home built for her by House Rules' contestants in just seven days, she found plenty to complain about.
Her former home had no running water or electricity and was deemed "uninhabitable".
But after the Channel 7 show demolished the "shack" and contestants built the single mother a three bedroom "contemporary country" homestead, she was "disappointed" with the result.
"There wasn't enough red," she told News Corp, of the house located the foot of the Grampian Ranges in Victoria.
"I really like red. And the only bit of red there was in there was a soap in the bathroom which is going to be used anyway."
Struggling to make ends meet caring for her two boys, Taylor, 44, said she bought the property for $100,000 several years ago.
While it was in such disrepair the family were unable to live in it, Taylor rented a unit in rural Victoria where she and her sons still live permanently.
However, they visit "the shack" during school holidays.
Based on the price point of similar homes in the area, the family's holiday house is now estimated to be worth four times the amount it was bought for.
"I was disappointed. It didn't fit my personality. They didn't follow the House Rules. This is about following the House Rules and they didn't," she added.
Taylor couldn't hide her disappointment as she walked through the house, picking apart problems with the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, both indoor and outdoor dining areas and her son's bedroom.
However, her most shocking statement came as she inspected the statement hallway built for her by New South Wales' team, Troy and Bec.
"It actually looks like a junk shop," she said of a sculpture attached to the roof made from a rusted pushbike and car parts.
She was also offended by the antlers and animal pelt used as decoration in the dining area.
"I don't believe in killing animals for sport. I only believe in killing them to eat so to have antelope antlers in the living room ..." she said.
Taylor told News Corp the loft bed installed in her son's bedroom was too small for him and it would cost her "thousands" to fix and that the house needed painting.
After sleeping in bug-ridden tents for the week to get the build completed on the remote property, fellow contestants were shocked and deflated by the "harsh" criticism with Bec describing the reaction as "soulless".
However, six months after the on-air reveal in October last year, Taylor has been able to see the positives.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm the luckiest woman in the world. They built me a house. Before I was living without running water. I used to shower in a clam, I had shower hooked up to a battery."
Although she has no regrets about the low scores she and best friend Nic Prince, 44, gave the home.
"They didn't follow the House Rules. And that's what we scored on. We standby those scores," she said.
Taylor wasn't fazed about the public backlash that may result. "We're country girls, we've got thick skins," she said.
House Rules airs Sunday, 7pm, and Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.