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The Block Finale Surprises All

Upset win … Brad, Sophie and Dale congratulate a shocked Steve O’Donnell and Chantelle Ford. Picture: Ian Currie Source: News Corp Australia

The Block Fans Vs Faves closed out with massive profits and a shock win with underdogs Steve and Chantelle taking out top spot and breaking a The Block profit record.

Steve and Chantelle….they won The Block….

Who knew parquetry walls and plywood cupboards were in such high demand these days?

Their apartment sold for $2.4 million dollars, $636,000 above reserve which also netted them a further $100,000 for winning this season seeing the couple walk away with a total of $736,000 for their ‘efforts’ during the shows 10 week build.

Fan favourites Brad and Dale were up first (their reserve was set at $1,802,750) and a fierce bidding war saw the boys sell their apartment for $2.31 million — $507,250 above reserve.  viewers favourite and my pick to win, Kyal and Kara, sold their apartment for $2.44 million — $567,250 above their reserve of $1,872,750.

Last years winners Alisa and Lysandra took first place when a final bid of $2.375 million — a massive $616,000 above the reserve of $1.759 million was made but it was Steve and Chantelle, they of the spotlight curtains, black basins, parquetry walls and bad editing that ultimately had the apartment that everyone wanted to buy.

I’m as shocked as most about the final result…you’ll remember my parting words to Chantelle in my Open Letter to The Block’s Chantelle Part Deux post…

Guess I have to eat my words….

Once again, I have no powers when it comes to picking a winner in any kind of reality competition show!


Apartment 4 — Brad and Dale

Reserve: $1,802,750

Sold: $2,310,000

Profit: $507,250


Apartment 2 — Kyal and Kara

Reserve: $1,872,750

Sold: $2,440,000

Profit: $567,250


Apartment 3 — Alisa and Lysandra

Reserve: $1,759,000

Sold: $2,375,000

Profit: $616,000


Apartment 1 — Steve and Chantelle

Reserve: $1,834,000

Sold: 2,470,000

Profit: $636,000

Plus $100,000 prize money

TOTAL: $736,000

The newest series of The Block has just begun filming in Prahran in inner city Melbourne and will screen later in the year.

The Block: There’s a Bath in the Bedroom Dear Viewers

Brad and Dales Bath in the Bedroom

We got our first glimpse of the completed upper levels of The Block last night (main bedroom, ensuite, walk in robes and landing) and I must say, I have serious issues with one certain reveal.

Brad and Dale, in all their wisdom, decided to extend their ensuite into the main bedroom, sacrificing space to allow half of the room to be classified as a wet area to hold a bath.  There is no other bath in their apartment, this is the only one.


Now, I can see some sort of inspiration taken from last year when the twins, Alisa and Lysandra, opted to place a bath in their walk in dressing room.  Their final result was nothing short of spectacular and were scored accordingly so by the judges but Brad and Dale’s finished product, while it looks high quality, is not practical in its placing.

Not only have the boys sacrificed space to allow for a bath in the main bedroom, they’ve also managed to halve their buyer demographic with the only bath in their apartment taking up half the main bedroom, families or couples looking to have children won’t be interested in attempting to bath their youngsters in the main bedroom!

While I may be a little less than thrilled with the boys finished room, the judges were rather impressed.  With one set of scores still to be revealed (what’s with the cutting of the ep?) Brad and Dale and Steve and Chantelle are both tied for first place with a winner to be revealed in tonight’s episode of The Block.

Who will win?  Did you like Brad and Dale’s bath in the bedroom?

The Block Reveals Smaller Than Expected Rooms

Steve and Chantelle celebrate their first room win on The Block: Fans v Faves. Source: Supplied

Am I the only one who’s feeling a bit uneasy about how these apartments on The Block: Fans Vs Faves are turning out?  To be clear, I wasn’t that worried at the start (well, only for Steve and Chantelle) as rooms like second bedrooms and main bathrooms were being churned out with mostly impressive results.  But after last night’s living/dining rooms were revealed, I’m beginning to question some of the layout decisions being made resulting in some rather confined living spaces and how this will affect the final outcome at auction.

I’m no builder or interior designer, but, It is well known these areas living/dining/kitchen are always going to be the most used spaces within a house, and especially with the size of the apartments given to the contestants, why did Brad and Dale completely dissolve their dining area altogether and why did Kyal and Kara make a living room that’s smaller than their kitchen?  Even the twins, Alisa and Lysandra, who made the smart decision to move their kitchen to create a massive open space lower level managed to somehow get the sizing dimensions wrong for their living room (though I could be wrong here and this could be down to bad styling)

Yes, Steve and Chantelle had the win (their first) last night for the living/dining areas.  I will put my hand up and say, despite some styling choices, it was the clear winner.  Lucky they had that bonus point to snag them the win off the twins avoiding a draw!

Steve and Chantelle’s dining area. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
Steve and Chantelle’s dining area. Picture: Supplied

Now, these are not small apartments.  I’m pretty sure Brad and Dales winning main bathroom is actually twice the size of their living space while, as the judges pointed out, Kyal and Kara offer a luxurious 3 meter long hallway, only for it open out to a pretty measly living/dining area.

I can only hope, as Brad pointed out, that once the outer areas are completed, they are able to expand the space inside, combining the inner to the outer areas creating decent sized lower living quarters.

I originally had Kyal and Kara in my sights to take out this season of The Block.  They entered strongly with an excellent elimination round room and have been consistent room after room, bringing top quality finishes, but I’m scared that the final layout of their lower level may actually cost them the win.

The Block Shock: We Can’t Go To Auction

The Block’s Brad and Dale Cause Some Issues

From Steve taking to social media to vent his frustrations at the editing to Alisa and Lysandra threatening to walk off the show, this season of The Block: Fans Vs Faves certainly has offered up some shocker moments so far, but last night, one of the biggest shocks to hit The Block came to light – The Block may not be able to sell!

So why might The Block be unable to go to auction?  Waterproofing.  Turns out, Brad and Dale’s water-proofer is refusing to sign off on the job done on the boys first bathroom because he personally, did not finish the job and therefore, cannot certify it meaning not only can Brad and Dale not legally sell, but because the entire building falls under a single occupancy, none of the other contestants can sell either.

“Your water proofer has sent me an email about your water proofing and he’s not going to certify it. He reckons he wasn’t able to do a second coat, so he won’t provide us with a certificate, which means we can’t actually sell your apartment or any of the others” said Foreman Keith in last night’s episode.

It seems (from what I could make out), the boys water-proofer did a coat of proofing and agreed that Brad and Dale could do a top coat so as the job could be brought up to time for when the tilers came.

As Dale pointed out – “He was happy to be paid, he took payment.  I don’t know what irritates me more out of this, the fact that he came and did the job and received payment for it. We mentioned at the beginning of the job don’t take it unless you’re going to certify it.”

After a bit more prodding from Keith, contact was finally made with the elusive water-proofer who agreed to only certify the coat he did and none of the work Brad and Dale had completed – basically certifying a coat under a coat.

The show ended with Keith saying “We need that little piece of paper, otherwise we’re in a big pickle.”

The Block: Fans Vs Faves continues tonight, Channel 9 at 7:30pm

Flooring Issues Anger The Block Contestants

The Block “favorites” Brad and Dale have gotten an early start on their floors. Source: News Limited

The twins (Alisa and Lysandra) are not on a good run at the moment. Unfairly savaged by the judges for their bathroom (what’s up with Shaynna Blaze and her rages at the moment?) and builder tantrums have left the girls in a spot of bother.  Now, polished concrete floors have set off a new chain of events.

So, let’s talk floors.

Boring right?  Well not so much.  Floors are causing all kinds of trouble in this season of The Block Fans versus Favorites with fan team Brad and Dale deciding to opt with polished concrete floors throughout their lower floor kitchen and living areas, allowing them to get ‘an advantage’ in ensuring their floors are completed by the time work on their room begins.

This head-start isn’t sitting so well with the other teams led by twins Alisa and Lysandra, making it no secret, they are less than pleased with the progress allowed.

Sure, at first, things seemed ok between the teams.  Foreman Keith explained that pouring a concrete slab, allowing it to dry, and grinding it to a polish takes much longer than The Block allows, so he’d granted the boys special permission to start earlier than they otherwise would have, but by the time kitchen week began, those ‘ok’ moods quickly changed.

With the lower kitchen and living area’s combined in a massive open space, those teams opting with floorboards or tiles have been ordered to only batten out their floors as far as the kitchen perimeters and no further, leaving all other teams to question why they aren’t even allowed to at least batten out their entire lower area to even out the playing field.

“The fact they [Brad and Dale] have their sander out doing their kitchen, doing their lounge room, that’s progressing to me,” says a very annoyed Alisa.

Cue an on-the-spot meeting, to which Brad and Dale basically go “na na na, we were smart enough to go with polished concrete”  or  as Dale put it, “They are jealous. They had the idea but they didn’t follow through with it. They say it’s a problem of us jumping ahead but it’s not.”  Everyone else argues in disgust and Keith finally puts his foot down regarding the final decision on the floors.

So now the question begs, why couldn’t the other teams at least batten out their floors to level out the playing field by the time the lower living areas are started?

Well, as it turns out, while the boys have been granted permission to lay the concrete and grind it out across the entire lower level, according the Brad, “We can only buff and polish the sections that fall within that week … we’re not getting an advantage.”

You know with Alisa and Lysandra on the case, this won’t be the last we’ll hear about the flooring advantage.