The arches in Kyle and Leslie’s bathroom walls were a big challenge to tackle this week, but with some extra cash in the bank from winning the HiPages ‘Best on the Block’ award they were able to pull it off. However, once again, the functionality of the room was an issue for the judges.
“I love the balance and symmetry in here, I think that is just aesthetically really calming, really pleasing.”
“It’s elegant, it’s classy, it’s beautiful. Honestly, it just feels luxurious”- Shaynna.
“It’s a little bit pokey” - Shaynna on the size of the shower.
“I don’t want to stand on a grate to have a shower” - Shaynna.
“I think they’re really trying, I think it’s just that spatial planning is their weakness” - Darren.
Week 7 - Kitchen and Laundry
The Block's Kyle and Leslie were a bit disheartened after a rough master bedroom critique. With their kitchen situated at the back of their house these two were really hoping the judges noticed how much they’d considered the functionality of the kitchen. While the judges loved the kitchen, they thought the butler’s pantry was not the best use of space.
“Sexy” - Shaynna.
“I don’t think I've ever seen skylights used in that way before, stunning” - Neale.
“I love the use of the curves… there’s a lovely sort of retro vibe in here” - Neale.
“Storage galore” - Darren.
“The floorplan is their kryptonite unfortunately, it brings them undone each week” - Shaynna.
“In this instance, less than perfect is still exceptionally good” - Darren.
Week 6 - Master bedroom and walk-in robe
After a tough week The Block's Kyle and Leslie chose to remove a wall and extend the size of their master bedroom. The rendered archway/ bed head was the main feature of the room, however the judges did point out it could pose an injury risk, Overall, the couple’s choices did not win the judges over.
“I love the texture… but really on a bed head you kind of want something that’s gently tactile not really aggressive” - Darren.
“I walk into here and straight away I see everything I don’t want to see” - Shaynna.
“This is a room that could have done more” - Marty.
Week 5 - Living and Dining
Kyle and Leslie went into Living and Dining Room week with the smallest space of all the properties, and things didn’t get much better from there. Space was a massive issue for the judges, both the room size and the size of the furniture that Kyle and Leslie chose.
“This just feels really tiny” - Shaynna
“Is this really the only living space for a house of this size? Because my immediate thought was this feels quite constricted” - Neale Whitaker.
“It is always a bad sign though when you see something that’s clearly a modular and two other pieces of that same sofa in a different room” - Darren.
“It’s actually the dimensions of the living space you would find in a studio apartment” - Neale.
“This could actually lose them the auction” - Shaynna.
“I feel like Kyle and Leslie have a real sophisticated aesthetic, it’s a beautifully styled and built disaster” - Neale.
Week 4 - Downstairs Bathroom
The Block's Kyle and Leslie have impressed the judges week after week with their simplicity and styling. They took a massive risk for their downstairs bathroom with the smallest room in Block history and it paid off.
The judges loved how considered the room was, they could also see their strategy coming to life and are really excited about where they plan to take the rest of the house.
"Really beautifully done in here... all the details are really, really considered" - Darren.
"The colour palette, the texture, they understand that minimalist luxury without a doubt" - Shaynna.
"There's actually a lot happening in such a small space but it's all working in harmony" - Marty.
Week 3 - Work From Home
"I think the consistency of this team is just incredible... It feels very elegant and classy, but relaxed at the same time" - Shaynna.
"They really get it, you can just see how their marketing will come together" - Marty.
"What we've got here is a media viewing space, it is a working from home space and it could easily be a bedroom" - Darren.
Week 2 - Guest Bedroom
"I'm still struggling with how much space we've got here, knowing we've got a fully self-contained bathroom there." - Darren
"What they've done, is they've missed the opportunity to actually be self-contained... particularly with a pool, the whole thing's carpeted. At least one of these spaces should've had floorboards. "- Marty.
"Looks great, but it doesn't really do much." - Shaynna.
Week 1 - Guest Bathroom
Points: 25 - WINNER
"It's just so elegant, so beautifully done." - Darren
"It has a storage, it's definitely got the length, and i love the privacy of that toilet behind the door." - Marty
"The placement of that drain, I just find it odd sitting in there when it's so prominent." - Shaynna
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