It’s the win every Block fan was hoping for. Sarah and George finally taste victory tonight, and it seems even their fellow contestants were rooting for them.
“Come on guys, it’s your week,” Luke says as the judges comments are delivered.
In another high scoring week the pair win by half a point over Harry and Tash for their cleverly designed, kid’s bedroom, powder room and study.
The spacious study has room for two chairs and lots of natural light, avoiding the claustrophobia that spoiled their downstairs study. Their pop art style photographs of celebrities add some fun to the entire upstairs area, and the kids’ room is styled perfectly — with teepee, canopy bed with pull out trundle, tree wallpaper and even a toddler-friendly padded side table — but not permanently.
“This room could be anything you wanted it to be,” Neale Whitaker says. “It’s beautifully styled as a kid’s room but there’s nothing fixed, so within five minutes it could be something else.”
“That’s what it feels like,” a euphoric George exclaims when the final points are added up and The Block 2020’s losingest couple finally find themselves number one.
In second place are Harry and Tash, for their masterful use of a north facing window overlooking a beautiful oak tree. They placed a desk and day bed under the window, with oak laminate on the desk and oak flooring to tie it all together.
It leads into that angled wall room, which they’ve styled as a bedroom, but could equally be used as another lounge area with its built-in cabinetry, floral wallpaper feature wall, velvet sofa and wall-mounted TV.
The judges note that a well -hought out working-from-home area has never been more vital than it is now.
“Giving yourself a beautiful space to work and think in is going to become so important,” Neale says.
The pair are only let down by their atrocious painting (something the judges overlooked last week when they gave them the win).
Luke and Jasmin have had a hell week, or at least, a hell day, but it’s largely Luke’s own doing.
Despite being warned his squeaky floor would need to be fixed, he procrastinated and ignored the problem until hours before the ban on power tools, only to discover he’d have to rip the whole thing up because he and his builder had neglected to glue down the sub-floor.
Then, after discovering the horrible truth, he wastes more time arguing with Keith and Dan over who is to blame. He claims the pair didn’t tell him the sub-floor wasn’t already glued, but all the other contestants seem to have got the message.
“He wants to blame everyone else,” Dan says.
Even Steve the Carpet Court guy gets himself some screen time by sticking the boots in. He was meant to lay carpet in the room that morning but Luke’s failure to deal with the problem put him way behind.
“Now we’re under the pump. You should have got on to that this morning,” Steve says. When even the Carpet Court is against you, you know you’ve stuffed up.
Luke and his builder finally pull their fingers out and within a few hours pull up the floor and reglue it, just in time for the carpet to go in, earning Dan’s grudging respect.
“He doesn’t give up this one,” he says. “He’s a fighter.”
It’s not enough to get the pair higher than fourth this week though.
While the judges like their generous hallway they think their barn door hardware looks shoddy. They like the pair’s coastal-style living room with comfortable white lounge, and TV, but the plain old roller blind (with a note saying there were meant to be curtains) and the drawers which don’t open properly because they’re too close to the thick carpet let them down.
In their bedroom the blue VJ panelling wins the judges’ approval but the rattan bedhead is too low and the black wardrobe handles aren’t right, though Neale Whitaker does concede “the standard this year is so high we’re noticing imperfections we might not have before.”
Daniel and Jade present a study and lounge area. Their two person desk is cleverly designed with drawers and cabinets between each section allowing kids to be separated while they do their homework, but the couch in the room is stiff rather than comfortable and the artwork is “overpowering” according to Neale.
“But I think a lot of buyers will walk into this space and see it as a value-add.”
The judges are most excited about that secret storage area under the roof line of the old part of the house.
They come third for their efforts.
In fifth place comes Jimmy and Tam’s bedroom and living room.
They have a massive 3m sliding cavity door to cut off the media room they’ve designed for their upstairs area, but they’ve committed the cardinal sin of putting the TV too high. They’ve also neglected to put in a home office, something the judges say they will have to rectify when they design their studio section later in the series.
Shaynna Blaze isn’t impressed.
“This is a couple that has lots of money so I’m actually looking at this thinking, where have they spent it?”
And Tam trolls Neale by placing a “horrendous” dried flower arrangement in their otherwise tasteful bedroom, despite knowing they’re his pet hate.
“It’s funereal in its ugliness,” he says.
1 Sarah and George 28.5
2 Harry and Tash 28
3 Daniel and Jade 27.5
4 Luke and Jasmin 26
5 Jimmy and Tam 25.5
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