The Block recap: Spend like it’s going out of style (31.08.16)

Jodie Humphries 1 September 2016

The block episode 7 feature image

This season, The Block seems to be a battle of who can blow through their budgets the fastest. Last night brought some troubling revelations about the contestants’ collective spendthrift ways.

The revelations came as hosts Scott Cam and Shelley Craft toured the contestants’ apartments to check up on their progress. First was Karlie and Will. The pair have gone for an open plan in their guest bedroom and robe, and also opted to use the heritage skirts only on their exposed brick feature wall rather than throughout the room. We then learned the final tally for Karlie and Will’s master ensuite renovation. It turned out the couple had smashed Shay and Dean’s single-room record of $40,000 from last season, blowing through $50,000 of their $200,000 budget.

The block episode 7 Karlie and Will's bathroom cost

Karlie and Will's ensuite. Source: nine.com.au

Next up were Carleen and Dan. Shelley remarked that the couple may get marked down by the judges for using cheap vinyl wallpaper. The couple’s wallpaper was apparently the only thing that came cheap, as they spent $49,000 on their ensuite renovation.

The block episode 7 Dan and Carleen wallpaper

Dan and Carleen's wallpaper woes. Source: nine.com.au

Reno rookies Andy and Ben were next to earn a visit. The pair had hit upon a novel approach to remove the varnish from their skirting boards: use a blowtorch.

The block episode 7 blowtorch

Burning the varnish off. Source: nine.com.au

Andy and Ben’s ensuite copped criticism from the judges for looking cheap. Apparently looks can be deceiving, as the bill came in at $45,000.

The budget shocks kept coming with Julia and Sasha. The couple’s winning ensuite cost them $65,000, which should come as little surprise given their choice of $4,000 tapware. It appears the pair might be able to recoup $15,000 of the spend from their since-dismissed project manager, who they paid in advance.

The block episode 7 Julia and Sasha bathroom cost

Julia and Sasha might have overspent a wee bit. Source: nine.com.au

Last up were Kim and Chris, who took onboard some styling advice from Shelley. The couple showed their cheeky side, having spent $44,000 on their ensuite, but with Kim quoting the figure to a curious Sasha as $40,000. Apparently Kim likes to round down.

With the lowest spend out of the contestants, Kim and Chris also seem to be ahead of the game on this week’s reno. It remains to be seen whether the contestants will break the bank again.

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