And so the apartments are complete – with the final whistle from Scotty Cam, all rooms have now been revealed inside AND out. It was an emotional week for all but they have reached the light at the end of the tunnel and can all say they have completed The Block! Terraces are one of the most exciting rooms for delivery as they are so different from any other space inside. Being the centre point for most of the apartments, these terraces had to be pretty special and provide a beautiful outlook for various rooms of each apartment, and it was so great to see that all of them did just that…
Josh & Charlotte: For their last reveal, Josh and Charlotte pulled together a very functional and clever terrace. I really loved their playful vertical garden and how it pays a little reference to the all time favourite childhood game – Tetris. The suspended light fittings also give the space a fun element while still keeping in style with the simplicity of their apartment. Finally, and probably their smartest move was keeping all the furniture on wheels, giving the space a lot of flexibility for entertaining or relaxing. Being a small outdoor area, they really have made the most of this space and there really isn’t much to fault! I hope Josh & Charlotte are really proud of the apartment they’ve created and that it pays off for them come auction day.
Tim & Anastasia: From budget woes to walking off the show, it’s a miracle that Tim & Anastasia were able to finish this space. Having completed it on a shoe-string budget, they’ve done an exceptionally good job. The mains bones of this terrace are really lovely, from the timber framing through to the vertical garden and bamboo screening. They have created a lush oasis, but from that point onwards I had to agree with the judges that they space was a little over crowded. Some careful editing of the dining setting (perhaps a smaller 4-seater), removal of the hanging chair and reducing the collection of pot plants will go a long way to help create the illusion of more space.
Ayden & Jess: As always, Jess & Ayden finished the week off with big smiles and a great space. Utilising their vouchers and using the concrete wall cladding, they produced and bright and airy outdoor space that can double up as a summer lounge room. With excellent privacy, this space will be perfect for hot summer days and balmy nights. Their Vertical garden is lush and the reclaimed MCG gate is a great, quirky edition that fits beautifully with their apartment. I really liked the way this spaced was styled and their pendant lights are just the right finishing touch (and like grown up disco balls in all the right ways).
Darren & Deanne: Finishing off with the final reveal of the season was really quite bitter/sweet. Darren and Deanne produced a space that is absolutely stunning, but I’m a little sad that this will be there last. I’ve really enjoyed watching these apartments come together, especially Darren & Deanne’s – here’s hoping that this wont be the last we see of her beautiful style. But back to their garden/terrace/oasis/heaven – with a mixture of old and new, grass to play on, a lush jungle and a gorgeous sitting area, this terrace has it all and really is the crowning jewel of their apartment. It’s like Neale said, this completed their apartment and made the whole unit make sense. Rightly so, they took home the winning prize and finished their two seasons of the Block with a perfect score of 30/30. Here’s hoping they really do finish on a high with a very successful auction result!