The Block 2015: Dean and Shay get first dibs on auction order

It's grand finale week and the contestants certainly didn't run out of steam. As they compete for first choice of the all-important auction order, the blockheads delivered some of the most impressive rooms to date.

Dean and Shay's living room for the communal challenge.The Blockheads are done and dusted. In the past three months, they’ve covered a lot of ground-- 12,991993 steps to be exact-- and that’s a lot considering most of it was up the vertical scaffold.

As a team, they’ve delivered a total of 95 rooms, cut through 4,500 metres of gyprock, placed 1250 square meters of tile and tirelessly brushed 818 litres of paint.

As they play for the first choice of auction order and the brand new Suzuki to park in their driveway, the contestants didn’t run out of steam in the grand finale week as they delivered some of the highest scores we’ve seen throughout the competition-- with some rooms leaving us stunned.

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Suzi and Voni's ensuite for the communal challengeThe contestants came bearing gifts to add to the “time capsule” for The New Block 2015.

Kingi and Caro offered a corner tool to represent Kingi’s signature render and a calculator in memory of Caro’s role as treasurer, Whitney and Andrew contributed a burger in memory of the time Whitney was told to “go and eat a burger”.

Suzi and Voni put forward a red sports bra, Luke and Ebony offered a beanie to say goodbye to Melbourne’s icy weather, and finally Dean and Shay put forward the original “5” that came from the first challenge room they had.

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The renovation recruits certainly stepped up to the mark this week and provided some of the most impressive rooms we’ve seen to date. As the judges admitted, there wasn’t much to fault.

While Kingi and Caro were given a run for their money this week, the contestants all delivered impressive, sophisticated and contemporary rooms for the communal apartment challenge.

If you’re looking for some design inspiration for your next renovation, check out our detailed review of Shaynna Blaze’s tips here.

Contestants Score Feedback
Shay and Dean (living room) Darren: 10/10Shaynna: 10/10Neale: 10/10Total score: 30/30 (winners) The ambitious couple were set on getting perfect scores this week to get the first choice of the “all important” auction order--and it seems that their persistence paid off.
Clearly there wasn’t much to fault in Dean and Shay’s living room and as the judges remarked they are now “in search for perfection, not negativity.”
Upon entering the living room, Darren commented that the black walls gave the room “visual texture”.
Neale liked the grouping of art on the walls; “It’s just struck me that we don't see that very often on The Block”, he said.
In addition, Neale thought that the rug was a perfect choice and size; “Someone that’s put this room together has got a very sophisticated eye and a very good sense of colour”, he said. ButIn terms of execution, the judges thought it was “pretty perfect”-- and they didn't have much else to say.
Andrew and Whitney(dining room) Darren: 10/10Shaynna: 10/10Neale 9.5/10Total score: 29.5/30 (second) As they stepped into the dining room, the judges commended Andrew and Whitney had created such a cohesive room that complemented the rest of the apartment.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s another couple that created this room because it is absolutely the dining room that goes with that living room, it’s seamless”, Neale said.
Both Darren and Neale liked the choice of table and chairs, as well as the artwork and pendant lights.
Neale said it was the best room that the pair delivered all series.
Suzi and Voni (master bedroom) Darren: 9.5/10Shaynna: 10/10Neale: 9.5/10Total score: 29/30 (third) The judges thought that the layout of Suzi and Voni’s master bedroom was sophisticated and clever.
“That king size bed really makes the room feel big. After doing so many of these rooms, they’ve finally worked out how to lay them out”, Darren said.
Neale loved the subtle timber on the wall and he and Shaynna both thought the cushion arrangement was beautiful.
“That [the cushions] is gorgeous, I love the textures, it actually adds to the timber. I love styling like this because it’s how you would theme the room”, Shaynna said.
The judges all felt that there was a beautiful energy in the room and they appreciated the “stunning” artwork on the glass.
“I applaud them for the restraint that they’ve shown here and the sophisticated because I can’t think of any rooms that they delivered in their own apartment that demonstrated the same theme”, Neale said.
Luke and Ebony (kitchen) Darren: 9.5/10Shaynna: 9/10Neale: 9.5/10Total score: 28/30 (fourth) The second-chance siblings finished with a respectable score of 28/30 for the communal kitchen.The judges agreed that Luke and Ebony has nailed the perfect layout and functionality of the kitchen.“I think the functionality of that is spot on”, Shaynna said.Neale loved the aesthetics of the kitchen as well as the appliances and range hood.In terms of the butler’s pantry, Neale thought this was the hero piece of the kitchen“I think this is the hidden weapon in here. To me, this is really special. And just storage for days, it’s actually really clever this actually goes above and beyond the normal function of a butler’s pantry. It’s the pantry plus”, he said.
Kingi and Caro(study, powder room and laundry) Darren: 9.5/10Shaynna: 9/10Neale: 9/10Total score: 27.5/30 (fifth) When viewing the study, the judges believed that it was a “fun” and well-designed space:“I think it’s really fun too, but I also think it’s really well thought through. I mean there’s a lot of things, there’s a lot of items and they’ve actually all been grouped really well”, Neale said.
While Shaynna thought there was space to make the desk deeper, the judges thought that contestants’ ability to create storage and work with a difficult colour palette was sophisticated and an impressive space.
The judges also appreciated the little quirks throughout the study.
“The main thing that stands out is the wise owl, and it’s a study, and it’s a little play of how you’d work in there and I love that”, Shaynna said.For the powder room, Neale was impressed with the simplicity and functionality of the area:
“At this stage, at this final stage, when they should be absolutely exhausted, they’re giving us new things we haven’t seen before, they’re not just re-hashing or recycling. I think that’s really cool,” Neale said.
While Kingi and Caro received positive feedback for the study and powder room, the judges weren’t as impressed with the laundry.
In particular, Shaynna was concerned that the laundry didn’t connect with the other rooms.
“The powder room had that urban, earthy tone and this feels quite modern and hard. I can’t see why they changed the tiles in colour from the powder room”, she said.

The next episode of The New Block 2015 airs tonight Tuesday November 24 at 7:30pm on the Nine Network.

The auction airs this Wednesday November 25 at 7:30pm on the Nine Network.

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Belinda Punshon

Belinda is a journalist here at Specialising in the home loans and property sections, she is passionate about helping Australians improve their financial wellbeing.

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