The youngest couple ever to appear on The Block met six years ago when Josh (24) crashed a party for Jenna (23). Since then they’ve been inseparable and plan to get married. Their friends pester them about it but they claim to be just too busy. Josh says, “I wanted to get a ring but I bought her a house instead.” Jenna doesn’t seem to mind. “I know I have to wait but we want to get to a certain place in our life first.”
This down-to-earth country couple have considerable experience for their age, having renovated their first home, in Albury, for $30,000. They moved to Melbourne and recently bought their second house at auction. “It will be the next reno we do after The Block. We’re on our way and think we’re two or three houses away from our dream home in Melbourne’s Albert Park,” says Josh.
Jenna has a clear vision for their future: a dream home, a boat, and twins. They also share a guilty pleasure, being on a quest to find Melbourne’s best parmigiana.
Josh walks the walk. He works in plumbing and construction and has started studying construction management. He does everything he can himself. “There’s not much I can’t handle and if I don’t know how to do it then I learn.” He also admits to a fiery temper when he’s working. Jenna has to remind him not to take it out on the screws: “It’s usually not their fault.”
She’s a hairdresser by day but renovation is her passion. “I watch all the renovation shows. It’s my obsession. I love to imagine a space when it is just bare bones and think about what would work.”
They are very hands-on and confident. Jenna does all the budgeting, sourcing bargains and keeping Josh fired up. He handles the designs and planning. Jenna sometimes stresses out if things don’t go to plan. “I tend to think my way is the only way and I hate having to admit when I’m wrong. It’s a weakness, I know, and it can cause friction. But Josh tries to stay calm for both of us and find a way around any problem.”
They intend to take on The Block with all guns blazing and are tipped to be the couple who’ll set the cracking pace. Their watch word is motivation.