It was kitchen week on The Block this week and there were lots of perfect and near perfect scores. Overall, all of the kitchens were received really well. The boys had a bonus point and tossed a coin to decide whether to use it or not – it came out to use it which was a bad decision…. My kitchen is so far removed from these that it is really like an art gallery experience looking at them, and I think that is the best way to watch the Block now, that is unless you are in the market for a multi million dollar apartment! For many of us, these homes are just not in our reality. And in fact, nobody needs a kitchen that big, and don’t get me started on the butler pantries – my whole kitchen is smaller. Perhaps it should be called an unreality show!
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Here is how it all played out.
1st Dan and Carlene AND Will and Karlie! The first time in Block history to have a draw! 30 points
2nd – Andy and Ben 29 points
3rd Julia and Sasha – 28 points
4th Kim and Chris – 24 points
Room 1 – Karlie and Will
I LOVED this kitchen and so did the judges. Neale called the butler’s pantry total genius, visually stunning, sleek and glamorous. Shaynna said it is one of the most divine kitchens she has seen – the layout was wonderful and does justice to the building and the apartment. The planning of the living area to allow for multi purposes in eating and dining, as well as food preparation, were mature and pushed the envelope. And apparently black is the new white when it comes to kitchens. I liked the way the black worked against the timber and the polished concrete floor, which was also unique to this couple’s apartment.
Room 2 Dan and Carlene
As you know I like the style of Dan and Carlene. They showed their experience in finishing first with time to spare. The kitchen married beautifully with the living areas and the cabinetry was stunning – Darren said it was so coherent that it just sang. The benchtop was massive and well received by the judges, in the perfect proportion to the space – the jewel in the crown said Neale. Shaynna loved the light over the benchtop, as did I! The styling was superb – oh my goodness that divine art deco serving set! Classic and timeless looking kitchen. Not having the door to the pantry was a good decision. The only negative was the lack of drawers. Neale said it was this couple’s best room yet.
Room 3 – Ben and Andy
The judges loved the earthy modern colours in the boy’s kitchen, which also referenced the deco era. Darren thought the size of the kitchen was crazy! The benchtop was even bigger in this kitchen. The butler’s pantry was a kitchen on its own. The styling was the only negative this week. The judges thought it was the party kitchen on the Block! Shaynna said the boys have included their sense of fun but this time in a way that works really well for the apartment.
Room 4 – Julia and Sasha
This was such a pretty kitchen, which fits with the modern art deco style of the girls. It reminded me of their gorgeous bathroom. That fridge was massive and Darren was losing it! I wonder what the energy rating it on that! The luxury functions in the kitchen were admired by the judges. The rangehood on the benchtop was pretty cool, and it was called a restaurant level kitchen, for serious cooks. Lighting was given the thumbs up by Shaynna and the butler’s pantry was again, more like a second kitchen. The palette was simple, with luxury touch points standing out. However, despite it being a large benchtop, Shaynna was a bit concerned about the size of the benchtop compared to the other apartments. The judges also thought the steam oven was too high and a safety risk. Overall the kitchen was called the “crescendo” of Julia and Sasha’s apartment.
Room 5 – Kim and Chris
The judges were impressed again with the gigantic benchtop – they loved the kitchen overall but not as much as some of the other apartments. They loved the timber on the breakfast bar, as did I, and I thought it really added a tactile organic touch. The benchtop was luxury according to Shaynna – BUT – she said it did not work together with the timber, as there were 2 hero pieces, which can take away from each other. Neale said it was a little clumsy and did not have the same flow as the other kitchens. They thought everything clashed and was a little top heavy. Shaynna suggested s a smoky mirror splashback would have worked better. I disagree and thought the benchtop materials looked fabulous together. They said on the positive it was very functional and that you could spread out. Darren loves the double swing doorway and they were impressed at the scale of the butler’s pantry. Shaynna said it was more like a studio apartment!