One half of The Block: Glasshouse winning duo, Shannon Vos of Vos Creative shares his wrap-up of The Block week 1 – master bathrooms.
Wet areas are the hardest slog on The Block, and these poor rookies have been slapped with one in their very first week. Oh, the poor souls. Looking back, Simon and I had to juggle a dozen trades in that small space in such a tiny time frame, so it was imperative that tasks lined up perfectly. If not there was a knock on effect down the line and everybody was pushed back. It’s one of those weeks where you need to be on the ball everyday and use every single minute. It looks as though a few of the newbies got stuck in the mud, and things literally fell to pieces..
Ronnie and Georgia
After a solid win for the reno veterans (and swiping a big stack of cash from Josh and Elyse), Ronnie and Georgia are ‘in it to win it’, they mean business and have the walk to back up the talk. It’s a beautiful and bold contemporary bathroom, with classic hints of period features. Spot on brief, and after a few dodgy building issues early on, the WA pair presented a palette of perfect finishes. The colours are great, the floor tiles are bold and daring, and the gold tap-ware and black sink scream luxury – it all works. I’m surprised with their choice in placing the bath spout literally in the middle of the room, and the silly speaker is a stupid spend. Another solid effort – they’re gonna be hard to beat.
Sticks and Wombats
Sticks and Wombat were on to it from the get go, locking in builders, tilers, wet sealers and sparkies early on, but for these ‘out of towners’ it’s a roll of the dice as to how good those trades really are. Turns out their tilers are not so good. Mis-laid floors and ripped up walls, I think the boys will be finding new trades very soon. But in the end they finished (even with time to help Hannah and Clint) but with a few funny choices. I like the industrial copper ‘do it yourself’ toilet roll holders and shelves. The concept works, but they just don’t sit well with brass handles and stainless taps. There’s too many metallics – pick one and stick to it. Thats the bad (not so bad really) but there’s plenty of good in this room too. The floor plan is generous and super functional, the ceiling is an architectural delight and the grey tiles sit perfectly with the white features. The mosaic tree is very subjective (neither here nor there), and I think with a bit of refinement, the boys can be serious contenders.
Hannah and Clint
Wow, Hannah and Clint copped the week from hell didn’t they? Their tradies let them down all week and it was up to the Townsville two to clean up the mess. I really felt for these guys, they put so much effort in, and if the room was finished to a decent standard, Hannah and Clint would have come very close. But as Keith always said to us, “that’s The Block… S#@t just sometimes happens.” Their intentions were good. The bathroom had all the hallmarks of bold design with luxurious finishes and striking black detail. The backlit round mirror (even with storage), the pendants and the gorgeous rose gold tap-ware all great choices. The sound system is a luxurious extra and the separate toilet is a smart move, but the tiling is just terrible. Glue and grout everywhere, lumpy walls and missing tiles, it’s a dogs breakfast. Hopefully these two can pick themselves up and power on.
Josh and Elyse
WOW, what a bathroom. Seriously, it’s a bloody spa! The picture perfect couple (don’t they just make you cringe) really delivered this week, literally one of the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen on The Block. I thought our timber bath was big – this one is GIANT. Josh and Elyse powered though this week as they have a great builder, they smashed the work out and it’s certainly paid off. The grey penny round mosaics, the round mirror, the round bath and taps, it all just sits together beautifully. The best feature however is that floating ceiling and the bulkheads. Thats where the real value lies in any of these rooms, in the architectural envelope. It’s what buyers look for and it’s what Simon and I did to win our season. Elyse has styled this space simply but beautifully, which lets the heroes of the room shine. The grey on grey on grey builds a palette of softness rarely seen in wet areas and the timbers bring warmth and character. Yeah, a bigger vanity would help, but I’m clutching at straws.
SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
Jason and Sarah
After a very slow start and a last minute “I’m outta here” from their tiler, I’m surprised Jason and Sarah finished this week at all, let alone to this standard. But what a gorgeous bathroom! With a win from the Domain prize for the most promising room, things are right on track for these two ‘slow and steadiers’.
The bathroom goes hand in hand with their challenge bedroom last week, classic style, modern elements with heritage nuances. Perfect for the brief and ticking all the boxes with the judges. The room on a whole is functional and pretty. Two back lit round mirrors (I’m a fan), polished brass tap-ware and a black and white palette are the perfect combination for this style of home (very Dan and Carleen). I do feel the room is a bit cluttered with too many heroes in the one space and storage was lacking. Lose the black pendant light and half the decor items and you may have a winner, but with hydroponic heating and that gorgeous Moroccan inspired floor tile, this bathroom will surely impress.
Missed this Sunday’s episode? Check out our recap of the bathroom reveals: