Kongwak home on show
KONGWAK starred on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel on Wednesday night (February 11).
Ben and Bridget Soumilas – along with their five children – made their television debut on Selling Houses Australia and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was a bit of fun for the family,” Mr Soumilas said.
“The children enjoyed it. It was a bit of a novelty to have cameras following them as they did different activities.”
The family of seven shared the small Kongwak cottage for almost two years and were feeling disillusioned about the probability of selling.
“A friend suggested we enter to be on Selling Houses Australia to try to sell the house,” Mr Soumilas said.
“My wife sent in 25 words or less and a photo. She just wrote ‘we have seven people sharing a toilet’ and it went from there.”
Mr Soumilas said it was a good opportunity for the family to meet new people and see what it’s like behind the scenes of a television show.
“I think they did a really good job,” Mr Soumilas said.
“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t nervous but we decided to laugh along and see how it would unfold.”
Shaynna Blaze, judge on the popular Channel 9 renovation program The Block, and her team from Selling Houses Australia came to the rescue.
They improved the property with the help of familiar faces: local builders, artists and suppliers.
Mr Soumilas particularly liked the development of the outdoor area. A large shed was demolished to make way for a usable outdoor entertainment area.
He also commended the editors and producers, and said the program was enjoyable to watch as well.
The property was sold last year and the Soumilas family was able to put their original plan into action.
They moved into a home in Inverloch in January. Their new home is close to the school and has plenty of space, with two living areas and five bedrooms.
“We were in a house we never planned to live in,” Mr Soumilas said.
“The show was something we never thought we’d do but it got us a good result.”
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