Triple room week is often the undoing of contestants on The Block. There are already massive time pressures around delivering three rooms in one week, and this year it fell on Easter week so the couples lost a day for the public holiday. As always, some coped better than others with the curveballs thrown by trying to deliver a hallway and a laundry and a powder room to the standards we are looking for at The Gatwick.
Kerrie and Spence
After receiving a perfect 30 for their kitchen, triple room week was a tough one for Kerrie and Spence. They sailed close to the wind, and nearly succumbed to the time pressures, but in the end they completed their rooms in the nick of time and the effort they put in paid dividends. With its perfectly lit artworks, their hallway was gallery-esque, and their choice of art injects some much-needed personality into their apartment the moment you walk through the door. I also loved the convenience of the built-in hall stand. So practical and functional.
Kerrie and Spence’s laundry was so glam with its herringbone tiles and capacious storage, it made me want to stick around and hang out in it. Unheard of for a utility room! And, it was great to see Kerrie continue her styling success of kitchen week in this week’s rooms.
The powder room in apartment 2 was so luxurious, the smart toilet was a clever touch, and the overall look and feel created a wonderful connection with other rooms in apartment. An extremely professional reveal that deservedly won the week for them.
Courtney and Hans
Cash-poor Courtney and Hans had a big challenge on their hands with the biggest hallway on this year’s block. They helped their cause by winning the challenge, delivering sales pitch to end all sales pitches, and that afforded them another collection of quirky artifacts for their hallway – although we were divided about how well the eccentricity worked this week.
Courtney and Hans’ laundry was impersonal and disappointingly lacking in luxe. It provided the basic functionality required in a laundry, but needed more integrated storage.
In contrast, their powder room was stunning, with a standout vanity and mirror, although they need to consider flipping the door hinges so visitors are greeted by the vanity, not the toilet!
Sara and Hayden
Sara and Hayden got themselves into a mess this week, literally and they didn’t have time to clean it up properly before reveal so we were greeted by one of the dirtiest apartments in Block history. Their chaos nearly got them shut down, and their cause wasn’t helped in an already time pressured week by their room finishing. The result was some pretty mixed results. The step lighting, and lighting behind their artwork in the hallway was luxe and dramatic, but the shelf of artifacts was quite horrible and at total odds with the left hand side of the hallway. And, their badly finished paintwork was more evidence that their time management let them down this week.
The tiles and cabinetry in their laundry was fabulous, but again the unfinished plasterwork and filthy conditions let them down horribly.
Meanwhile, their powder room was utterly unfinished and no amount of explanations could excuse that.
Norm and Jess
Penthouse pair Jess and Norm survived man flu and a painting marathon to deliver an oasis of calm after the storm of triple room week. They tried something different by positioning their skylights at the edge of their hallway’s soaring ceiling, and the offset effect was beautiful, creating shards of light down their walls. Their simple styling that made the marble in their hallway sing, while their choice of newspapers as artworks brought the history of the property to life, and their pendants were the perfect lighting choice.
After being blown away by the grand entrance to their apartment, we were underwhelmed by Norm and Jess’ laundry, which was attractive and well-finished, but was mean-sized in comparison to the other apartments and woefully lacking in storage.
Their powder room was beautiful but the positioning of the toilet tarnished the overall effect and their poor execution revealed exactly where they started to run out of time.
Bianca and Carla
Bianca and Carla had some tough times under the time pressures of triple room reveal week, their ruined water proofing bringing their tiling to a halt, which in turn delayed their laundry installation. Then they were hit with fines left right and centre. In true Bianca and Carla style they soldiered on though and refused to be derailed by all the hiccups. The result was a sexy hallway that makes a great first impression when you enter their penthouse. The hall runner was warmly welcoming and they were very clever to disguise their down lights in their skylight wells to retain their ceiling’s clean lines. Their hallway was finished off with their signature cabinetry, restrained styling, and monochrome artwork that added a sense of fun to the overall feel of their apartment.
The splash back Bianca and Carla chose for their laundry was exquisite, I loved their timber laminate bench top and plentiful integrated storage, and the room was well finished.
There was similar finesse in their powder room which was spacious with the toilet discretely tucked away, stunning pendant lighting a towering mirror and an unusual basin which will prove a talking point in an impressive room.
Who did you think was the biggest triple threat on triple room week? Let me know @ShaynnaBlaze.