Go Queenslander: Jess and Ayden win Renovation Rumble
BLOCK royalty has come out on top of Channel 9's Renovation Rumble.
Queenslanders Jess and Ayden took out the reality show's grand prize tonight, beating House Rules alumni Carly and Leighton in a tightly-contested final week.
Just one point separated the two teams going into the final episode.
"I am hugely relieved to be finished," Jess told APN.
"It's been a long, long road but I don't know how we're going to come down from this either. We've been busy for so long."
Viewers have watched Jess and her cheeky husband Ayden go from renovation newbies to makeover heroes over the past year.
They had just 13 days between winning $665,000 on The Block Triple Threat and starting work on Renovation Rumble.
The tough six-week challenge saw the couple and their fellow team mates renovating an entire house each week.
"Coming off The Block we'd gained a bit of experience and feedback from judges so that was still fresh in our minds," she said.
"That was an advantage but also a disadvantage because we were already a bit rundown."
Signing up for a second renovation show wasn't about the money for the Gold Coast parents.
They were more interested in the $50,000 they could win for their chosen charity, Two Little Boys To Avene.
The charity aims to raise funds for twin six-year-old boys Matthew and Harry Funk, who suffer from acute eczema, psoriasis and multiple food allergies and need to travel to a specialist centre in France for treatment.
"We were fortunate enough to be given that opportunity to give something back," Jess said.
"Our daughter went to Kindy with them for a very short period. They're the same age and I think that makes it more relevant to us. We know how important our kids' heath is to us. It really pulled our heartstrings to see these boys struggle with their health."
Jess said she never worried about her marriage with Ayden surviving back-to-back reality shows.
"I don't honestly think there's anything huge we learned about ourselves that we didn't already know," she said.
"That's us; we bicker and argue all day and we'll continue to do that until we're 85."
Winning Renovation Rumble doesn't mean tools down for the down-to-earth couple.
As well as returning home to spend quality time with their two young children - Thomas, 3, and Josie, 5 - they plan to begin building their dream home in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
But Jess said they won't be splashing out on extravagances because of their victory.
"It's like winning the lotto, we don't want to blow it all," she said.
"I still want to be conservative.
"I think we're already spoiling ourselves in a simple way by giving ourselves a house."
Thanks to their hard work on Renovation Rumble, Jess and Ayden have also transformed homes for six deserving families.