Can you believe it’s week 9 of The Block? How time flies! The guest bedrooms marked the last reveals inside the homes, meaning next week it’s garden week. My favourite! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Last night we saw the fourth and final bedrooms revealed, which had actually been the original 48-hour challenge bedrooms. They were all unrecognisable and they were all fantastic. Here’s what the judges had to say.
Jason and Sarah (second place with 28.5 out of 30)
As the only team to not have had an outright win, Jason and Sarah were starting to feel the pressure. And while earlier in the week they were pushed over the edge (after all it’s not The Block without drama!) the end result was, in the words of Neale: “Absolutely beautiful.” The judges loved the colour palette, bedhead, art, wallpaper and execution. The hydronic heating also got a shout out: “I’m like a cat at the moment, I can’t move,” said Shaynna. The judges congratulated the couple on perfectly merging the period features of the home with the modern additions. “This is the benchmark for today and it’s a pretty high one,” said Neale.
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Hannah and Clint (fourth place with 25 out of 30)
With funds at an all time low, flatpack furniture came to the rescue… but more on that later. Upon entry, the judges loved the colour palette, textures, bed and bedsides. Then they spotted the wardrobe. “This is one of my favourite little tricks if you’re running out of money because it’s actually a flatpack,” explained Darren. Neale liked it, but thought it was too dominant, suggesting they get rid of the floral wallpaper to calm the room. The judges agreed it was still a good guest bedroom, but the bar was just set too high.
Ronnie and Georgia (first place with 30 out of 30)
With two wins for the week already (the challenge and Domain room), Ronnie and Georgia were after the hat-trick and they knocked it out of the park, delivering a guest bedroom and ensuite. “Wow that’s some big impact,” said Darren, catching a glimpse of the floral wallpaper. “It’s absolutely amazing,” agreed Shaynna. The judges loved the upcycled $50 wardrobe with its wallpapered shelves. “People are going to be blown away by the romance of this room,” said Neale.
Into the ensuite and the judges were wowed. The basin got big ticks: “This is probably one of the best basins I’ve ever seen,” said Neale. And my oh my do I agree! (It’s by former Blockheads Matt and Kim if you’re interested). The judges were seriously impressed that the couple managed to include an extra bathroom without compromising on space.
Sticks and Wombat (third place with 28 out of 30)
Last week, the boys chalked up their very first win, so in the hope of taking the title again they got tech-savvy! Installing a ceiling box, with a press of a button it opened up to a TV: “This is actually really clever and really cool,” said Darren. The judges applauded the pair for how far they had come, agreeing it was a flexible room that buyers would love.
Josh and Elyse (also first place with 30 out of 30)
“Beautiful,” said Shaynna upon entry. “This is my favourite colour palette of the day,” added Darren. “It’s not something you’d see if you opened a magazine.” Neale piled on more praise: “The room feels totally modern, though everything except the art is quite classical.” The velvet bedhead got big ticks, as did the textures and accessories; even the mug on the side table got a shout out! The judges agreed the couple’s bedroom had the most appeal: “It’s not polarising any market,” said Shaynna.