When Scotty said “the first thing the judges commented on today was just how much bigger the space was, than they had ever imagined”, he was pretty spot on. I felt that too…all the contestants’ back yards seemed so much smaller when they were just a patch of dirt. They accomplished a lot in the space of a week.
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Jason & Sarah
Jason and Sarah created a luxury barbecue area with an outdoor heater I couldn’t get close enough to on this freezing Melbourne day. Their dining area was carefully planned for maximum flexibility in the seating configuration – perfect for a party. They missed a trick, and lost a point, for not including a cubby house, and I didn’t love their choice of colour on the wall panels but hopefully the boys are right and that will soften with weathering. Overall, they’ve created a stylish urban retreat and added significant value to their property. Not bad for a couple who nearly got evicted from The Block a few weeks ago!
Hannah & Clint
Hannah and Clint’s vast deck and full outdoor kitchen incorporating barbecue, sink and bar fridge, created a real sense of space in their back yard, but the proportions were all wrong. The planter box cut off the garden from the deck and the table prevents the bi-fold doors from opening properly. I’m not convinced the spa was a sensible use of their budget – it was unattractive and really brought down the tone. Their choice of bamboo was a better use of budget, but their clunky styling meant they failed to hit the holiday vibe I think they were aiming for but It’s not irretrievable. Add some big potted plants to soften the angles and they can still achieve the resort feel they are going for
Ronnie & Georgia
Ronnie and Georgia created a beautiful oasis in their backyard, the centrepiece of which was that amazing pool, but the absence of anywhere to put a dining table reduced it from functional family outdoor living space to little more than a stunning photo opportunity. The fact the decking your walked out into was more like a landing didn’t extend the interior outwards like I expected. I liked their outdoor fireplace as a piece but it wasn’t very efficient – heat-wise or space-wise – and offered no protection for children’s hands. Speaking of children, the way the area is laid out means there are too many places little ones can disappear from sight and having the large perimeter around the garden, well I just don’t get that as it reduced the size of the backyard by a quarter. Not terribly relaxing in a space that’s supposed to be dedicated to relaxation! I also question the functionality of their outdoor shower and its lack of drainage. Firewood displayed for a gas fireplace and a cubby house tucked away out of view, add up to an outdoor area designed for style rather than functionality, which isn’t going to appeal to the family demographic they’re marketing to.
Sticks & Wombat
Sticks and Wombat nailed the layout of their backyard, from the positioning of the barbecue adjacent to the kitchen, to the flow from the generous deck and dining area through the garden to the cubby, to the placement of the veggie patch. Their clever planning meant their backyard seemed significantly bigger than houses two and three. Shipping containers aren’t known for their blending-in properties, but Sticks and Wombat made their container swimming pool work seamlessly, right down to matching the ribbing with the colorbond fencing. Big ticks for the artistic circular elements on the wall for storing firewood and the link between the pavers up to shower with the pavers in the breezeway. My only reservation was the screen in the middle of the space but I’m hoping they’ve got plans to grow something up that. Was it high end? No, but overall the boys brought us a space with their trademark raw luxury look: soul, style and functionality.
Josh & Elyse
Josh and Elyse fully deserved the perfect 10s they received for their backyard this week. How could we not when they gave us an in-ground pool with matching waterfalls??? They really did deliver the perfect family garden, equally well suited to kids’ needs (thanks to the fab cubby house all that extra party space you gain by opening up the double garage doors) and adults’ needs courtesy of the great barbecue and generous outdoor living space. It was pretty close to perfection all the way. This house doesn’t need a second living area inside because Josh and Elyse have created the perfect outdoor living space – simple, elegant and functional and serene (thanks to the soothing sound of the waterfalls).