The Block recap: “Cheap, nasty and tacky” (28.08.2016)

Jodie Humphries 29 August 2016 NEWS

The block 2016 Episode 4 master bathrooms revealed title card

Team Shaynna Darren Neale Total
Carleen & Dan 5.5 5 6.5 17/30
Kim & Chris 6.5 7 6 19.5/30
Ben & Andy 7 7.5 7 21.5/30
Karlie & Will 8.5 8.5 8 25/30
Julia & Sasha 8.5 9 9 26.5/30

Finishing off their master ensuites, all the teams were under the pump. Carleen and Dan had issues with their waterproofing not drying and then losing their tilers due to insurance issues. Ben and Andy had challenges with someone walking on their tiles before they had dried. This caused them to have to pull some tiles up in order to check the membrane underneath and found that the cement had not dried, which delayed them continuing on the room.

Sasha and Julia had their tilers work all night in order to make up the time they lost with the difficulties with their waterproofing and their screed. But then another problem popped up when Julia realised that her beautiful $4,000 tapware was too low into their sink because they weren’t measured correctly. Yet another error in measuring by their builder. Kim continued to struggle with styling, not being entirely sure with what art deco was and deciding whether to stick with the modern styling she knows and get beaten on by the judges, or try the unfamiliar art decor styling. Karlie and Will seemed to have it all under control and working to get it perfect for reveal.

But they all got there in the end, more or less. Carleen and Dan had to dry lay (laid without glue) their floor tiles due to the hiccups with their tilers. Kim and Chris actually even had time to duck out for breakfast the morning of reveal, whilst the other couples were hurriedly putting the finishing touches on their rooms.

Now onto the judging! First cab off the rank were Karlie and Will. After failing to impress the judges in the 48-hour challenge the couple were hoping to redeem themselves with their master ensuite. The judges commented on the size, with Darren noting that “you don’t get ceiling this high, you don’t get dimensions this big in bathrooms” of developments and that it's something special. Shaynna commented that the couple must have really good tradesmen and really good time management as the size of the bathroom is double that of others they’ve seen on The Block. Neale remarked that “they have seriously raised the bar in seven days” and that the “black detail was a subtle touch of deco he wanted to see”. They did find some things they didn’t like but overall they felt it was a bathroom that would help sell the apartment.

Next up were the baby boomers and experienced renovators Carleen and Dan, who had a terrible week in terms of time management and losing tradies. Neale’s first reaction upon entering was simply “wow” with the styling ticking so many boxes and saying it was what he wanted to see. Shaynna was also impressed with the styling saying they had taken on the whole deco look with matching the mahogany of the doors to the architraves, adding “I like the feel”. Then Darren finally chimed in saying “I hate it” and after that, as well as him explaining what he didn’t like, the other judges started picking out flaws. They all agreed that time management was an issue, and that it was missing the luxury element, and then the styling was just ripped apart. Neale commented it was cheap and nasty with Shaynna adding it was tacky. So despite starting strong it all went pear--shaped; as he left, Darren said “how disappointing.”

The block 2016 master bathroom dan and carleen

The block 2016 Carleen and Dan bathroom

Source: Channel 9

After hearing the judges' shredding of Carleen and Dan, Andy and Ben were hesitant to hear their feedback. But as they entered the boys bathroom Darren automatically picked up the change of location the boys had made, noting “that was a master stroke.” Neale followed this by saying “they still have a decent-sized ensuite”. But Neale was worried it all felt a bit cheap, and Shaynna adding it’s all what she did not want to see: “if this is the starting point, start again”. Neale felt it was a bit cookie-cutter. Darren also commented about the styling that included $1 razors. All the judges agreed that the boys needed to do some homework on what the art deco style is.

Next up were Melbourne girls Sasha and Julia, who seemed equally nervous. But they really didn’t need to worry they ended up winning the $10,000 cash. Upon entering their bathroom Darren exclaimed “this is the business.” Neale called it “very sophisticated and very luxe” and Shaynna loved the black cabinetry with silver handles under the vanities. Darren then notice the wood blocks holding up the mirror on the vanity but appreciated that it does take time for the glue to hold. Shaynna also loved the black trims as a feature and called them “absolutely stunning”. But Darren also picked up on the spouts over the basins being too low. But overall the judges were pleased; Neale commented it wasn’t perfect but the girls were on the right track.

The block 2016 Julia and Sasha master bathroom

Source: Channel 9

The final couple up for the judges are Kim and Chris. The judges' first reaction upon entering was a “where are we?” from Shaynna and “in a time machine backwards” from Neale, who said that he was really disappointed. Neale continued that the room was “not moving me, it does not cause any emotion in me at all and is totally off brief”. Darren suggested that it was like the contestants had done their research and got their idea set before they walked in the door, but added “you have to adjust”.

Shaynna commented on the choice of hexagonal tiles in the shower: “that is ugly, that is just the worst colour combination.” She also questioned why they were choosing to put the bath in the loggia rather than using the floorspace of the bathroom. There were some positives in terms in functionality, quality and time management. Happily it seems Kim and Chris are willing to take all the judges' comments and advice on board moving forward.

With the judging done and Sasha and Julia being crowned winners of the main ensuite week they get to enjoy their week in the lap of luxury, being able to stay in a luxury house thanks to one of the shows sponsors. Meanwhile, the rest of the couples have time to work out what art deco is and get on with the spare room and ensuite for next week's judging.

Quote of the episode: Andy remarking “that’s the scariest thing, people trust us with money.”

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