The winning rooms from this years reality renovation show, ‘The Block’, have been keenly anticipated.
The southeast suburb of Elsternwick in Melbourne has never been as high-profile with the latest season of ‘The Block’ taking over an entire street. Five weatherboard homes… OK… complete wrecks… were transported and positioned side-by-side to be transformed into winning rooms and complete homes by first-time, amateur, and semi-pro house renovators.
With home renovations at an all-time high, viewers were taken on a rollercoaster ride of inspiration, drama, let-downs, and hysterics. But somehow the five weatherboard houses, some without floors and ceilings, were transformed into multi-million dollar homes each with its own unique personality.
Clint & Hannah – House 2
Of course, behind the scenes are 70 – 100 tradespeople and experts ensuring all of the ideas from the contestants are translated into safe, secure, and stylish homes of high-standard. Don’t worry, the first-time renovator contestants don’t undertake quality control for THESE winning rooms!
The challenge was to transform through restoration five standalone family homes that could once again boast their glory. Contestants AND viewers were quickly educated on design using building materials of high-quality including Monier roofing, PGH bricks, Viridian glass, Bradford insulation, Cemintel fibre cement, Hebel bricks, and CSR Gyprock plasterboard.
Contestants create the rooms but they must use the products of the sponsors. Given that many of the homes were literally falling apart, it was fortuitous that CSR Gyprock was a main sponsor. 8,500m2 of Gyprock plasterboard was used throughout the five dwellings.
The teams showcased how to seamlessly blend heritage homes with modern design, by combining traditional accents including hall panelling and leadlight windows with show- stopping ceiling heights, and modern open-plan living flooded in natural light.
Ronnie & Georgia – House 3
All homes, originally, had heritage features so some contestants also requested hand-made cast plaster cornices and ceiling roses. Traditional accents such as hall panelling and leadlight windows were recreated. Wet areas were lined with Gyprock Aquachek plasterboard due to its moisture and humidity resistant properties.
The sale of each home for the highest price is the end game so appealing to modern buyers was an imperative for all the winning rooms. Stringent budgets hampered some contestants who risked not finishing their room if they went over budget.
CSR Gyprock was able to help with budget constraints enabling contestants to create the designs they desired without sacrificing the overall quality of the build. Gyprock Plus and Supaceil plasterboard products were used extensively alongside premium Gyprock compounds.
Sticks & Wombat – House 4
Melbourne buyers do love heritage features. Whilst the traditional facades were largely left in tact many rooms still boast charming original features. However large, modern extensions were added to each property with luxurious open-plan living spilling into designer back gardens.
For the first time in the series history, each home required a designed and landscaped back garden with some contestants opting to include swimming pools. Each home also has a three-car garage and a luxurious self-contained unit beyond the garden. So sale prices between $2.615 million and $3.067 million were understandable.
Interest in the winning rooms from ‘The Block’ 2017 was at an all-time high and judges exclaimed they had never seen such dramatic and luxe interiors, particularly given strict budget controls. The winning home by Josh and Elyce was sold to Australia comedian, Dave Hughes, for more than $3 million.
Winning Home from Josh & Elyce – House 5