This season of The Block is shaping up as the most family-friendly, G-rated one yet. After 2019 was full of homophobia accusations and bitchiness, so far The Block 2020 has been peace, love and friendliness.
Luke and Keith’s dust up of earlier this week is over as soon as it began, with Keith dropping around to apologise.
“I don’t want to fighting with you mate,” he says. “It’s been bothering me.”
“It’s been bothering me too,” Luke says and before you can say “show me some respect” there’s hugs all round (remember that one?).
Adding to the warm feelings is Keith and Dan leaping to the aid of Daniel and Jade, who have headed home to South Australia for Daniel’s grandfather’s funeral. They’re on the site early to supervise the pair’s tradies, and Dan is quickly back in a tool belt and cutting tiles to ensure they don’t fall behind.
But the G rating goes slightly out the window when Luke is asked how he feels about Jimmy and Tam finishing their bathroom 20 hours early and heading out for a free lunch from Scott Cam.
“F**k you,” he says. “Just f**k you.”
After judge Shaynna Blaze described their guest bedroom as the “most irrelevant” room on The Block last week, she was lucky not to cop the same, and now Luke and Jasmin are second, third and fourth guessing themselves on every decision.
They’ve chosen a fluted glass shower screen, and the decision on whether to put the hard-to-clean grooves facing into the shower or on the outside, has Jasmin hitting Google for the answer.
And then, when she gets the answer – that of course you don’t want the hard-to-clean bit on the inside, she goes ahead and does it anyway.
Then when her second choice of vanity arrives, she changes her mind again.
With vertically laid subway tiles, VJ panelling on the walls and that fluted shower screen, the vertical timbers of the vanity is just too much.
“It was like walking into a bar code,” Luke says.
So with two hours left until power tools have to be unplugged, the search is on for a third vanity. Builder Ian miraculously comes up with a Tassie oak alternative, and it’s collected and installed with one minute to go.
Also fixed with minutes to go is the heated towel rail, which has been installed inexplicably close to the shower floor. Out it goes, and the tiles around it are replaced in lightning speed.
This time their triple guessing pays off, with the judges impressed with their choices.
Their gold fittings, timber panelling, understated grey patterned floor tiles and timber vanity are a perfect mix of 1910s throwbacks and modern style.
And the skylights get a big tick too.
The only things they got wrong? Putting the shower fluting on the inside, and the lack of a towel rail. Maybe if they’re quadruple guessed themselves they might have got full points.
Also winning plaudits are Sarah and George, for their blush pink tribute to Hollywood glamour, plus their “deuce droppery”, tucked away behind a nib wall.
“This luxury is off the charts,” Shaynna says. “Luxury in space, luxury in scale, luxury in feel.”
They win points for underfloor heating, heated towel rail and black edging and tapware.
“It is part bathroom, part cathedral and Sarah and George have nailed the period reference,” Neale Whitaker says.
Their only gripe? The showerhead diverter is too high up for Shaynna to reach, unless she showered in her high heels.
Daniel and Jade though cop a pasting. They’ve done their bathroom in floor to ceiling marble, and have used an art deco style mirror true to their 1930s house, but the judges think those details only pay lip service to the era.
Shaynna describes their choice of grey laminate on their vanity as the worst possible and
Neale is annoyed they didn’t look to the bathroom across the hall for inspiration. The only inspiration Daniel is planning to take from that bathroom is how best to take a sledgehammer to it.
“Nothing relates to the room they delivered last week,” Neale says. “It’s a cop out. It’s a complete cop out. They have not acknowledged the period of the house. They have given us a generic bathroom.”
The judges admit that it’s a bathroom most buyers would love, and that’s all Jade and Daniel claim to care about.
“I’m stoked with what we’ve done,” he says.
Also copping it are Harry and Tash, for their choice of three different tiles and lack of any 1920s details.
Their square teal wall tiles are era appropriate, but combining them with a modern grey wall tile, and patterned grey floor tiles – which Keith had earlier remarked “I’m not a designer, but those are the worst tiles I’ve ever seen” – saw the judges mark them down.
Add to that the fact they didn’t bother with underfloor heating, their skylights and excellent finishes weren’t enough to keep them from bottom place.
The judging finished with Jimmy and Tam winning for the third time in three weeks. Their mint green square wall tiles, with matching white square tiles in sections, terrazzo floor, gold fittings, fluted glass windows, timber vanity and green basin had the judges swooning.
“It’s like a public pool change room,” Darren Palmer said, in what sounded like a massive burn until he followed up with: “It’s got that retro yesteryear childhood charm.”
The only thing they got wrong was forgetting to put a handle on the inside of those doors, which viewers will recall form a Narnia-like entrance as part of the bank of wardrobes in the guest bedrooms.
If this pair win the next room, surely the warm fuzzy vibe will turn to jealousy.
1 – JIMMY AND TAM 28.5
2. – SARAH AND GEORGE 27
3. – LUKE AND JASMIN 25.5
4. – DANIEL AND JADE 23
5. – HARRY AND TASH 21.5
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