Who’d want to spend six months in a high-pressure home renovation bubble moving from state to state? Kayne Floate and Aimee Stanton, from Network Seven’s House Rules: High Stakes, that’s who! This Cranbourne-based duo have been having a blast on the eighth season of Seven’s mind-boggling renovation show, hosted by Jamie Durie and Abbey Way, and can’t believe their luck. Sure, it’s been tough. Reality television isn’t for the faint-hearted, no matter how glamorous it looks from the comfort of your couch. You’ve got to dig your tradie work boots in and give it your best no matter how tired or teary you are.
Aimee explains: “When we found out about being on the show we thought, ‘Yeah, this will be easy!’ Ha, ha! How wrong were we? It was the hardest thing we’ve ever done, but equally rewarding. You’re constantly thinking on your feet and it can be stressful. It’s like a six-month crash course in interior design and you never know what you’re going to be doing next. You wake up, renovate, film, go to sleep. We moved around a lot and got to see so many beautiful parts of Australia. Rottnest Island in Western Australia was amazing. We’ve made lasting friendships, and having our house in Cranbourne completely renovated was amazing. I mean, how lucky are we?”
Langwarrin-born and bred Kayne continues: “I’ve lived on the Peninsula my whole life and my family still live here. Aimee and I have been together for five years and had been looking for a house for around 12 months when we found out we were on the show. We got the keys on October 3, 2019 and flew out the next week to start filming on the Gold Coast. It was a whirlwind. We are both plumbers by trade and although there was plenty we didn’t know when we first started on the show, we are both hard-workers and learn fast.”
Former beauty therapist Aimee joins in: “I grew up in Lilydale and worked with my builder dad after leaving the beauty industry. I did a plumbing apprenticeship and met Kayne on a worksite in Sydney. I’d previously applied to be on the show but had been unsuccessful. I’m just stoked with our house, which was revealed on April 19. I was excited and scared to see what the other team members had done but they followed our five rules perfectly. It feels like a dream and I’m so grateful for everything.”
“I agree,” says Kayne. “I can’t wait to start living the Peninsula lifestyle in our own home. My french mastiff, Dougy, can finally come back from my sister’s place. We have just under 1ha with established fruit trees. I want to plant some vegies; head to the beach through summer; visit the cafes and wineries. Everyone on the show just loved the Peninsula when they were doing our renovation. There’s no better place to live.”
“Or get married and have some kids – hint, hint, Kayne!” laughs Aimee, who builds tiny houses with her brother and is also a motivational speaker. She concludes: “I want to concentrate on encouraging women into trades and focus on tiny house and sustainable living.”
Watch this space to see what Kayne and Aimee get up to next, and tune into House Rules: High Stakes on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday nights on Seven to see who wins.