It’s the final day on The Block — after 12 weeks, 88 rooms, 2000 litres of paint, and 97,000 versions of Tanya’s “truth”.
And while it starts with hugs and tearful farewells, by the end of judging the thin-skinned twins are claiming the sheer power of their renovating prowess will result in the three judges being tossed over the side of the good ship Block wearing concrete boots.
The judges start with Ronnie and Georgia’s sleek frontage, complete with white Colorbond cladding, an angular brick fence, an orchard of pear and apple trees down the side of the house and a bee hive.
Darren Palmer calls it a “modern masterpiece” but Shaynna Blaze declares the front garden “more decorative than inviting” and then all the judges notice the clear glass front door allows a view from the street straight down the hall and into the kitchen and living area.
There’s also no protection from the elements afforded by the steel entry gantry they’ve erected.
Mark and Mitch, on the other hand, get nothing but praise for their yard with a wooden seat built around an enormous mature tree, in-built trampoline, cubby house, recycled brick path and entry arbour.
Shayna even admits that the way the path leads through the garden renders her earlier criticism about the lack of a hallway moot, agreeing with Darren Palmer that the front of the house has somehow saved the interior.
Mark and Mitch feel fully vindicated, and who doesn’t enjoy that feeling?
“We have been critical of the judges for not getting our vision,” Mark says.
Strangely none of the judges remark on what appears to be artificial grass covering the entire front, or maybe the boys have just managed to find real grass that looks fake.
Tanya and Vito are once again at the bottom, their lack of money showing in their underdone frontage, though the judges did love the green powder-coated mailbox which matches their garage door, bright yellow front door and hit-and-miss style white brick fence.
Kirsty and Jesse score the judges’ approval with their swing chair hanging from mature tree, concrete bench seat under an arbour, children’s play area and long driveway.
“It has a sense of suburban grandeur,” Neale Whitaker says.
“You’re driving down this driveway feeling like you’re driving into your country manor,” Darren agrees.
It’s enough to have Neale making some big statements.
“I think this is the best house The Block has ever delivered,” he says. “In all my years judging The Block I honestly can’t think of a better property than this.”
And when the judges get to Josh and Luke’s place, it looks like the compliments will keep on flowing.
The twins having been big upping themselves this week, citing their use of acclaimed landscape architect Myles Baldwin — as used by Cate Blanchett apparently — as pretty well guaranteeing them the win.
He’s designed three huge floating concrete steps leading up to the front door, framed by a mature olive tree and succulents — an entry way the judges agree is a showstopper.
But the boys’ decision to move their master bedroom into the spot designated by Block architect Julian Brenchley for the garage comes back to bite them for the 46th time this series.
The garden area in front of the master bedroom was originally going to be used for a driveway. By instead making it part of the front yard it becomes an odd space off to the side.
Part of the area is taken up by the controversial outdoor bathroom, but the rest is a weird outdoor workout zone.
The judges agree the boys should just have extended the outdoor bathroom by adding a private courtyard. They also hate the rustic-looking white brick fence, thinking it doesn’t suit the modern design of the house.
“They needed something slick,” Shayna says.
And to say the boys are livid is an understatement. As they do under any form of criticism, they start throwing insults around.
“They clearly don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s not rustic whatsoever,” Luke says, claiming that the fence is carefully designed to create shadow lines that will mirror the facade.
“They have no clue, seriously, no clue. They should never set foot in a front or back yard again.”
“The show would never get someone with the resume of Myles Baldwin and to come second last we feel embarrassed,” Josh says.
They seem convinced that the auction result will vindicate their every decision, and bizarrely, that will then lead to the demise of Neale, Shayna and Darren as Block judges.
“The judges, we hope we can shove it in their face on auction day, and if we win it will even be more case for us to get them off this show,” Luke says, before stalking off.
In the end, it’s Mark and Mitch who take out of the final judging, and a new car, with a pair of 10s from Shayna and Neale.
And that’s it from The Block 2021 until the auction episode, airing next Sunday, November 7. Stay tuned for all the fallout from auction day.
JUDGES’ FINAL SCORES
1 MARK AND MITCH 29.5
2 KIRSTY AND JESSE 28.5
3 RONNIE AND GEORGIA 27
4 LUKE AND JOSH 24.5
5 TANYA AND VITO 24
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