Oops, sorry for the late post everyone; I had a birthday to attend, but here I am now with the full blog post for How To 4!
We begin with an aerial shot of Sydney before we zoom into the weatherboard house where the green team is about to have their concrete slabs for their extension poured in. With rain on the horizon, they need to get it done soon.
They lay some plastic down before holding it all together with a grid of metal. After that, here it comes; down the pipe and into their foundation. Keenan seems to be in charge of this job and with that, comes yet another back story from the blonde father.
Soon enough, it begins to rain and that rain makes the surface of the concrete powdery and weak. It is going to be a big spend to get that patched up.
Torrential rain is also an issue for the navy blue team whose pool hole is being delayed by the torrent. It could be a disaster if they put their pool in today.
After all this, the renovators turn up to how to, take a seat and take a warm welcome from Brendan and the other judges.
He runs through the class for today; which will be a Father’s Day theme. Brendan shows them some pictures on the big screens of some contestants with their dads.
Mel, Michael and Suzanne are three of the contestants who get to view their photos this way.
Brendan talks about the huge role fathers play in the growing up of all of us and with that, we see some back stories from some of the judges.
These back stories have a garden theme and it is obvious that today, they will be building a garden of some sort. The torrential rain is noticeable as each drop that cascades and crashes into the roof is heard; and a sneaky little camera shot of the pouring rain is shown from outside.
With that; it’s time to do some landscaping. Before we start, Baz takes the navy blue team; Michael and Jarrad, out for a private MasterClass.
With that, Brendan gets to the plans here in the warehouse. He shows us that today, they will be building Robyn’s corner; a 2011 redesign of a vertical garden that Robyn’s dad once built for her.
Brendan introduces the concept of ReoMesh to Robyn who is truly thankful for the advice before Brendan talks to them about the cool things they could do with the mesh.
Robyn brings in Brendan’s dad to help with the garden, and he looks truly surprised although, considering he isn’t a contestant, wouldn’t he be allowed to see him or talk to him?
After the break, Brendan is standing before a bench and tells the contestants about the concept of the ‘vertical garden’ before telling them that today, they will be making a simple version of one of these gardens.
He has a bit of mesh handy with him and using his dad, they take some wire (and for the first time, we find out Brendan’s dad is Jim) and wire up the cage. The grey team reveal that they are keen on making a vertical garden, so Natalia is asked to help Jim with the mesh and wire.
Brendan takes some black mesh (the sock of the garden) and puts it in the wire cage of mesh. Using Mel, they then take some soil and feeds it in the sock.
The next stage is to plant plants into the vertical garden. Brendan makes an incision into the wall of the vertical garden and Mel shoves the plant into the wall where Brendan has made a hole in the soil.
One plant done, more to go! Brendan brings one out that he prepared earlier and it is complete with flora! Robyn says her dad would love that.
Brendan gives out some tips for a vertical garden before we head to an ad break.
After that break, we see what Michael, Jarrad and Baz get up to on their private how to session.
They are at a multi million dollar house which was built using the same façade despite that façade being dilapidated.
They go inside to see what is going on and it looks really nice. The front yard has a tropical garden and the inside uses a lot of wood, a lot of windows and a lot of class!
I’m mesmerised by this house; it looks incredible! Safe to say, this segment is my favourite for this show.
Back at the warehouse, the corner that is Robyn’s corner is looking amazing and Robyn wants to know what it actually is. The seat inside doesn’t look complete, so I guess we all know what this segment will be about.
He gets Luke to help his construct the rest of the chair as Brendan gives some tips on how to do it properly.
Now it is time to hang the vertical garden. Brendan gets Nathan to help him and it looks really nice as it blends in with the pattern on the wall.
After the break, Robyn is standing in front of a white room that has been dressed in a British Empire style. Of course, when Nathan was given the choice of either Retro or British Empire as the style for the Sunday White Room challenge, he chose Retro over British Empire.
Tonight; Robyn will be going through the elements of a British Empire room.
Basically, she goes through the room as she adds a bit of back story to the whole feel of it. She asks what the room says to her and then answers her own question with a fictional yet fitting story about who may own the house.
She gets Keenan to come up and help her place dated pillows of the Union Jack on the furniture. She then wants to focus on a huge timber desk that she thinks may fit the desk. They choose an old globe to help the table come to life, and it does look fitting.
Still, I hate this design with a passion.
Robyn gets Sam to come in and critique the room and she thinks it is too feminine. I love that finally someone is contradicting an overall design. She opts to take a smaller globe off the table also with a fish plate. In the end, Robyn puts the fish plate back but lets Sam keep the globe off of the table!
She then gets Jason H to help her hang curtains. After he does this, Robyn gets him and Suzanne to discuss the room with her.
Christie points out correctly that the rug needs to go and Robyn has it changed. With that, the room is complete, but still, it isn’t my cup of tea.
After the break, the contestants are standing by Robyn’s corner that is nearly complete. Brendan has introduced some new flowers to the corner which he talks about to the contestants. Natalia loves the plant apparently.
Brendan then gets Natalia, along with August, to help him plant some rhipsalis. Brendan then gets Jason J, Suzanne and Bob to come up and help him with some styling. Bob sweeps the stage with a bit of dad joke humour before Jason and Suzanne help put some white elements to the room to spice it up.
With that, the room is done, and despite the fact that Robyn is sitting at the back of the room, Brendon wonders whether she will like the room.
Robyn comes in and inspects the room and she seems very emotionally charged by it. She doesn’t cry, but you can tell she is amazed. You can still hear the rain on the roof of the mammoth warehouse.
After the break, Peter talks about the things dad builds for the kids; one of which is the old Billy cart. Hidden behind him is a pink Billy cart for a little girl however Peter gets Keenan to give him a hand finishing off the unfinished cart.
After this is done, he gets Christie to have a go in the cart which he then hops in with her. She thinks it is awesome and wants one for herself.
Michael, Baz and Jarrad then arrive back at the warehouse and both groups discuss what they did that day.
With that, they have a snag and the episode ends.
Again, a fitting end to the working week; a no stress, beautifully produced episode of The Renovators and hey, I have to commend them for trying to include a little renovation. It seems they are listening despite the fact these scenes of renovations are few and far between. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the how to episode scrapped for just renovation scenes.
Still, I loved the episode and that is all that counts!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.6/10