For 12 seasons now, Channel Nine’s The Block has focused on renovating luxury apartments in high-profile Melbourne areas. The newest season, which started on Sunday night, is a return to the formula of earlier seasons.
The five new teams will be carrying out a makeover on individual houses over a 12-week period, creating a beautiful family home in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick, just nine kilometres south-east of the CBD.
Scott Cam, the show’s co-host, is excited about the new challenge.
“Timber frame and weatherboard homes were my bread and butter when I was a carpenter,” Cam says in a Herald Sun article. “The apartments have been great over the years but the majority of people who are renovating are doing family homes.”
Returning to a more common type of renovation may prove a smart way to bring in old and new fans alike. Each team has been given $250,000 to carry out the entire renovation from start to finish, and it’s going to be a stretch even with an army of tradies.
Five houses were sourced from around the country and brought to Elsternwick for a renovation, with massive extensions being added on to the back. While the newer parts will have an expectation of modernity, the front is expected to honour the period detailing.
“This is the part that you keep very traditional,” judge Shaynna Blaze said while judging the first room reveals. “Don’t rip out what people buy these houses for.”
Tears and tantrums have already begun on the reality TV series, but the contestants have taken the judges’ comments and expectations to heart when delivering their main bathrooms.
Most opted to keep plantation shutters or old window fittings as a nod to their house’s heritage, and a light modern-country style brightened up the space.
The winning couple, Josh and Elyse, softened the look of their monochromatic bathroom with wooden accents.
Stick and Wombat, who took out second place, chose a similar colour palette and brought in some industrial elements with copper towel rails and other fixtures. Their white floating vanity also had a more classic finish to it.