Teams draw battle lines on The Block
PARENTS Kim and Chris won a major advantage on The Block tonight.
The police detective and teacher from Newcastle were victorious in the renovation show's 48-hour challenge after impressing the judges with the bedroom and en-suite they built inside the pod which they'll call home for the next few weeks.
"It has a real sense of luxury about it," judge Neale Whitaker said.
"I don't think I've ever seen a challenge room to this level on The Block."
The couple chose the most desirable apartment, unit five, on the building's third floor, which boasts city views from its outdoor terrace.
It also ties with unit 3 as the largest ever unit on The Block at 261 square metres.
Despite believing they produced a terrible room, partners Julia and Sasha finished second in the pod challenge.
Their worries over the colour of their feature wall proved to be unfounded, with the judges praising their modern colour palette.
"It's feeling really fresh and really modern but it's kind of respectful of heritage," Whitaker said.
The women chose the other apartment on the top floor, which is 15 square metres smaller than unit five but boasts plenty of natural light thanks to its north-westerly aspect.
The show's oldest ever couple, experienced renovators Dan and Carleen, finished third with their grown-up bedroom.
"They've done a luxury look with a really measly budget; that's a skill that's really valuable on The Block," judge Darren Palmer said.
The baby boomers chose apartment two for its mysterious vault, which they later opened to reveal vintage art deco pieces and another safe containing $40,000 towards their renovations. Anything they don't use will be discounted off their reserve.
Primary school teachers Ben and Andy finished fourth with their children-inspired bedroom with bunk beds.
"I think the personality of the kids is in here, not so much them," judge Shaynna Blaze said.
But the mates were slammed for their sloppy painting, which resulted in paint on the carpet and tiles.
They chose apartment three, and took advantage of its large floor area to make room for a fourth bedroom.
Queenslanders Will and Karlie finished last, after Karlie was left with just $300 to furnish their bedroom.
"I'm disappointed by this," Whitaker said.
"There's nothing here that's exiting me or that feels different. I'm not seeing any relation between the items that they've chosen."
But they didn't end up with their last choice of apartment.The young Brisbane couple was happy with the ground floor unit for its 4.5 metre high ceilings and additional rear courtyard and garden. Unit one should also hopefully have the lowest reserve at auction time.
The Block continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 9.