Kim and Chris finally break their Block drought
PARENTS Kim and Chris Elliott have produced the best ever master bedroom on The Block, according to judge Neale Whitaker.
While they didn't earn a perfect score, the beleaguered team bested their rival neighbours by just half a point to win the crucial $10,000 budget top-up.
The victory couldn't have come at a better time for the couple, who haven't won a room reveal since the first week of the show when they won the pod challenge and had first pick of the apartments.
The couple has been chomping at the bit to work on their studio apartment sized master suite, the main reason they chose apartment five on the top level.
"This is magnificent," Whitaker said after walking into the massive private retreat.
"I think this is probably the most glamorous bedroom I've ever seen on The Block."
Shaynna Blaze agreed, adding the master suite will be the couple's major selling point come auction day.
Runners up Julia and Sasha took comfort in knowing they were back in top form with their nearly perfect master bedroom and walk-in robe.
"It feels like the girls have really raised their game this week," Whitaker said.
"It's the bedroom that should be in this kind of apartment. I think they've hit it spot-on; it feels expensive."
Ground-floor renovators Will and Karlie finished third thanks to their impressive, hand-made timber feature wall.
But their walk-in robe felt drab compared to the master bedroom's statement piece.
"This is obviously the big idea they've been working up to over the weeks, saving it to last and it just works," Whitaker said.
"It (the wardrobe) ticks the boxes in terms of functionality, but after all the creativity that's gone into the bedroom this is a bit like 'oh gosh we have to do a walk-in wardrobe let's get it done'."
Dan and Carleen were disappointed with their fourth-place finish after receiving positive feedback from the judges for their tranquil master bedroom featuring several key art deco pieces from their vault.
But the lack of functional hanging space in their wardrobe cost them precious points.
"The pendants are absolutely beautiful; they have got to be genuine," Whitaker said.
"They absolutely make the room for me. If there was a contemporary pendant there it would be completely different.
"I think they've got the balance just right in here. It feels quite contemporary but at the same time the references to (art) deco are really well thought through."
School teachers Ben and Andy are this week's chumps after budget woes impacted on their styling.
Not even a rotating shoe rack, which Blaze described as 'every girl's dream', could keep them off the bottom of the leader board.
"It's got an nice, fresh feel in here. The overall impact is breezy, fresh," Whitaker said.
"But the styling in here is a bit off. It's a bit under-cooked."
This upcoming week the teams will renovate their hallways, laundries and powder rooms.
The Block week 7 scores
Kim and Chris: 29/30
Julia and Sasha: 28.5/30
Will and Karlie: 26/30
Dan and Carleen: 24.5/30
Ben and Andy: 24/30