Well; it has been a huge week in renovation, but tonight; we can all unwind and learn a few things in the process with a handy how to session! Oh, who am I kidding; you guy’s aren’t watching, haha.
We begin at the shop which has just gone through the working bee. They are now on their own and are working on the façade of the shop. They are happy with how things are going and are so excited to see the transformation.
We see the façade transform before our very eyes before we head to the inner city terrace. They are getting home from elimination and are happy to see the roof extension going on. Luke and Jason get hard at work and soon enough, walls are going up, floors are going down and it just looks incredible.
There are definitely going to be smiles at the next judgement day.
They then check their window measurements for the extension and by the looks of it, they are spot on and Kathy calls it; they are finally on par with the others.
We then go to the half done house where Peter is working on his garden which has been a problem child since day one. He seems to be getting a lot of greenery into his house and I’m quite surprised that no house seems to be focussing on their bedroom.
Half a day gone and Peter has so many plants in and it is looking really good.
After the break, contestants rock up for how to and again, I think one is missing. Peter tells them that he will be taking a few of them out to a small house which is like one of the six houses. When he announces that the green team will be going with him, Mel is quite excited!
Keenan and Mel leave with Peter and Robyn goes back stage as Brendan and Baz talk concrete!
After talking about Sunday’s challenge, the judges wonder who uses concrete back at their home. It is soon known that most contestants use concrete; so they better have a how to lesson on it.
Brendan then reveals that today, they will be making a concrete bathtub.
Baz welcomes Scott Hindmarsh to the warehouse; a special guest with a knowledge of concrete.
After talking about himself and concrete; Baz talks about what they will be doing today to construct the bath.
They begin with the ‘forming up’ stage which is basically shaping the concrete for the bath.
They create a form ply box and rest it on some wood. Baz then talks about the inner mould which goes inside the form ply box. Scott talks about its role in the bath and to be honest, this is all going over my head.
All I know is that they have finished the inner mould and they need to put it in the outer mould. After doing that, they build the frame to hold the ply wood together.
At the end, Brendan says it looks like Fort Knox and with that, a horn blasts from outside (I thought it came from outside my living room!) signalling the concrete truck. The concrete truck begins to pour the concrete as we go to break!
After the break, we head to the home Peter is taking the green team. They arrive and Peter tells them that the home is similar to the weatherboard house (despite the bricked walls). The house has had sustainable features to it and it looks beautiful. With that, they head indoors.
Inside and it is very antique-y with Mel and Keenan immediately praising the nice, polished floor.
Throughout the house, the heritage look continues with a ceiling rose featured in one room.
They move further into the home and it begins to look very nice and modern. There is a heavy emphasis on clean energy and sustainable recycling.
Mel wants to take some books from a bookshelf to fill a shelf back at the weatherboard home.
Outside and a lovely outdoor fireplace is welcomed by the trio. Peter then tells them a few hidden features of the house; including a huge water tank below the house.
After the break, we are back at Concrete HQ and many of the contestants are helping to spread the concrete around the mould while Baz gives out advice and answers to FAQ’s.
It takes a while for this to fill up but after a while, the concrete is poured and it is time for Scott to work his magic and clean up the surface of the concrete a bit.
They then grab Christie to help and fill in some gaps that the concrete couldn’t get to before and after tapping it down, it looks very nice.
Scott then gives the team some top tips to end this part of the episode.
After the break, we return with Robyn and another white room dress up. She is a bit quizzical of Peter who didn’t choose Australian (and again, Peter reiterates he is not from Australia- ok, we know!) and of course, tonight she will be designing a bleached Australian room.
She goes shopping with Michael, Jarrad and Peter for items to put in her room.
Some of the things they pick up for their room is a rug, some couches and some nice pictures.
After their shopping spree, it is time to decorate. She wants to go for a two zoned room with a living room and a dining room; an idea taken from the green team’s room.
She then takes some furniture and gets the contestants to place them in the room with the idea of editing the room afterwards.
After they complete the room, they discuss it and Nathan is a bit of a smartarse to Robyn (but she soon sorts him out). Peter’s inspired by the room and that’s Robyn done for the week!
After the break, we return to Brendan and Baz who have completed the bath which has now been placed in a beautifully decorated display room. Robyn loves it and the contestants play it down as ‘not bad’. Baz mentions judgement day, which is not happening this week as I have been told.
Brendan talks about the room.
Peter, Mel and Keenan then come back and give their views on the room before talking about their adventure.
With that, Brendan tells them about next week but not what it is ABOUT! That comes later. For those eager ones, they will all travel to flood ravaged Queensland with ex contestants.
So, overall, a stock standard how to. I won’t comment too much as there isn’t anything new to cover; but basically it has the same integrity as the other how to classes and is again perfectly balanced. Still, I think this episode would be better scrapped in favour of renovation.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10