It was a week of winning for Steph and Gian, taking out the massive $50,000 Domain challenge after receiving the most votes from potential buyers. However, putting too much of their time and energy into the challenge, cost them when it came to their master ensuite. The judges were not a fan of their design choices or the amount of space the room offered.
“There is a definite consistent aesthetic” - Shaynna.
“I love this wall paneling” - Darren.
“I’ve been on the Steph and Gian train for a long time and I’m jumping off at this stop… It’s cold, it’s harsh… I hate it, I honestly feel like I’m in a quarantine facility” - Marty.
“It lacks soul… It just doesn’t work, it doesn’t feel right” - Shaynna.
“This doesn’t function as well as it should” - Darren.
Week 7 - Kitchen and Laundry
Kitchen week was crunch time for Steph and Gian, after they made the bold move to swap the location of their existing kitchen back in week two. As the overall look came together, changing the location of the kitchen did pay off with the judges, who loved the aesthetic. However, the good news ended there. All three of them had issues with the kitchen’s functionality. With minimal storage space in the actual kitchen, having pots and plates in the butler’s pantry did not sit well with the judges.
“I keep thinking in my mind she’s only 26, in 10 years she‘s going to be phenomenal with all that life experience behind her” - Shaynna on Steph’s design skills.
“This marble top is divine…I can’t knock one aesthetic look” - Shaynna.
“Aesthetically it’s absolutely exquisite” - Neale.
“It’s doing all of the functional work that the main kitchen should be doing” - Darren on the butler’s pantry.
“Beautifully dysfunctional” - Neale.
Week 6 - Master bedroom and walk-in robe
Steph and Gian were challenged with the biggest master bedroom and walk-in robe in the history of The Block, and the week was ‘a lot’ for them. It certainly paid off, with the winning rooms of the week, the size and use of the space blew the judges away.
Points: 29 - WINNER
“Some people don’t have kitchen island benches as big as this” - Shaynna on the island in their walk-in robe.
“This could be put in any home at $20 million plus”- Marty on their walk-in robe.
“Look at the size of this” - Marty on the master bedroom.
“Cathedral-like” - Darren.
“This is hot” - Shaynna.
Week 5 - Living and Dining
The Block's Steph and Gian chose to change the layout of their house, putting their dining room where the architect proposed the kitchen should be. Tensions were running high throughout the week, and there was a lot to do in the final hours of the week, but they made it to the finish line.
The judges were worried about the couple’s floor plan change, and believe only time will tell for them if it was the right choice.
Points: 25 ½
“Steph is clearly flexing her muscles as an architect.”
“Why would you necessarily do this?” - Neale.
“She has over-styled this, I don’t understand” - Shaynna.
“There’s too much of everything, it’s feeling almost like a retail space here. Are we in a home or are we in a store?” - Neale.
“I like almost everything about this” - Darren on the living room.
Week 4 - Downstairs Bathroom
After winning two weeks in a row of The Block 2023, Steph and Gian had a 'rollercoaster' of a week. They decided to do a powder room rather than including a shower. The 'wow-factor' of their stone vanity really was the talking piece of the room, but the layout was a sticking point because of the placement of the toilet.
"Wow look at that... that is off the charts" - Shaynna on the stone vanity.
"It's a really interesting mix of something you think is more traditional farmhouse-y with something that's super classy and contemporary"- Darren.
Week 3 - Work From Home
Judges comments: "I love the commitment to the beams, I'm sold on them... It's pretty amazing." - Shaynna
"I'm not sold, they're [the beams] very obtrusive, it feels like it brings the ceiling lower." - Darren
"Everything else is cracking" - Darren.
"They're just absolutely on top of their game" - Marty.
Week 2 - Guest Bedroom
"For more it works really well as a guest bedroom, somebody staying in this house for a night or two would love to be in here...This is the smallest room by a mile, but yet look how good we feel in it" - Marty.
"I feel like she has put the right level of architect, the right level of contestant and the right level of warmth and understanding the market... I love it"- Shaynna.
Week 1 - Guest Bathroom
"Love that vanity, love the basin, love the tap choice," Darren said. However he was not impressed by the beams across the ceiling. "Those beams, nup, no, it's a dogs breakfast, it's a mess, it's at all different levels. I know it's supposed to look rustic, but it doesn't look rustic, it looks unfinished."
"A buyer will not walk in here and go 'I love these old rustic beams'" - Marty
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