They’ve done all they can (except Mel), but what do the judges think of the now fully renovated houses in the lead up to auction. Let’s just say, it is a judgement day you WOULDN’T want to lose!
It’s morning at the sixties suburban; and it is Natalia’s final day in the house before moving home. We get stunning camera shots of the house as she claims that it is the best house she has ever lived in.
At the half done house, Peter is making sure the house is prepped for his real estate agent’s visit. He sticks notes on the walls of each room pointing them in the direction of all the good bits. The woman arrives and is confident it will sell at auction.
Michael has also woken up to his last day in the fibro cottage. He is sad at the prospect of leaving, and as we get a fly by of the house, we can see why he thinks it is a resort.
Luke is also happy with the inner city terrace which looks magnificent.
To the weatherboard house, and the real estate agent has arrived. We look at Mel’s work and it seems the furniture is still not in the living area. The real estate agent is still very impressed with the house.
At the warehouse, Brendan is briefing the three judges and they are all excited about the prospect of seeing the finished houses. Brendan reveals that the winner today will win a beach holiday. The judges will approach this as if they are buying the house they are visiting.
To the shop and August is getting the final touches on the design before the judges arrive. He has fallen in love with the shop and cannot believe his work.
Brendan arrives with the judges and they are already surprised by the bell. It rings for a long time but as Baz comes in, he already loves the house! They then inspect the rooms one by one and the comments are mostly positive about the house.
They love the peacefulness of the study while Robyn loves the new art in the master bedroom. The judges have never looked happier when they enter the living area which does look very stunning. Outside and the garden is no exception to the wonderfulness of the house. We find out that August received flowers from walkee Fiona which are now apart of the house.
Next up is the sixties suburban where Natalia is now getting ready for the judges. She’s baked a cake for them so she can create an aroma. Looking at the before and after shots, this house looks magnificent. Natalia will never know what the house would have looked like if one of the original khaki team members won the keys to the house.
The judges walk in and love the fire near the kitchen and Robyn cannot believe the restyling which Natalia has done since Nathan has left. The kitchen and dining area is by far the best of all six houses with its modern yet rustic look. The baked cake is a bonus to all who can smell it.
We then look at the gardens of the house and while it is big and spacious, she hasn’t wasted a square metre of it!
Brendan says he can imagine a ‘life’ in all the bedrooms and can see the house come to life when someone moves in. Baz compliments Natalia for what she has done in a short space of time.
We then head to Peter’s half done house, now known as ‘St. Peters’ as a tribute to the suburb, not the builder.
After the break, the judges arrive and they love the beauty of the rooms and the amount of sunlight the house takes advantage of. Brendan says that every detail is perfect.
They love the master bedroom and Brendan is especially astonished with the well concealed ensuite bathroom and private garden.
We get a swift camera run of the house which looks so spectacular.
The backyard gets my vote as the best of the six houses. Brendan tells him to be proud of his work because it is simply beautiful.
The fibro cottage is next and Michael is getting everything ready for the judges. He can’t believe how swift the competition has been, claiming that the competition has been a massive ‘time warp’.
After the break, the judges arrive and again, overflow the house with compliments. They especially love the bedrooms and the fact that the kids from a school down the road gave him a few gifts for some reason.
They think the house is absolutely fantastic and Baz loves the presentation of the front of the house. Michael shows them the frangipani which will be an absolute treat when it blooms.
When looking at the back yard, Brendan cannot believe this house has the smallest budget but knows that all the challenges they won really got them this far.
To the weatherboard house and Mel has mixed emotions about leaving. She wants to see her kids but will miss the times she had with her team and the house. The judges then arrive and inspect her house for the final time.
They love the closeted ensuite and how intricate it is. The shower hides behind a sink unit located on the same island wall! It is magnificent!
The rest of the comments are pretty much the same because despite the somewhat unfinished rooms in the back extension, it looks lovely. She does tell them about the budgetary constraints when it came to finishing the furnishing, saying more went on in the garden than expected. They head out to see the garden and it looks very lovely. Amazing even.
As the judges leave, Mel tells Brendan that time stops now! Umm, yeah that’s not completely correct, Mel!
The judges arrive at Luke’s house which looks amazing and gets my vote for the best extension. They love the space and storage area and the perk of underfloor heating is a bonus. Moving into the extension and that fantastic courtyard, the judge’s expressions don’t do the space justice. We get night shots of the courtyard and coupled with wonderful music, it is a scene fit for a movie; and there’s not many of them found in reality television.
As Luke describes the area, he leaves very abruptly and breaks down. I don’t know if it is a sign of his appreciation of the house or the fact that he’s missing his kids or that it is all just overwhelming the thought of winning; or a combination of all three.
After Baz comforts him; we find out it was because he cannot believe all the work he has put into the house.
This house definitely has to be the best overall so far. Funnily enough; Luke refers to the word ‘I’ rather than ‘we’ when discussing the work put it. So it is easy to see how grateful August was to his team when describing the house.
With that, the contestants head to the warehouse for the results. Brendan debriefs on the episode, telling that each and every house blew the judges away.
But, there can only be one winner for today.
Well, the winner is…Luke. Of course.
Luke finds out that the holiday is to Bali; perfect. Unless he plans to bring his surfboard along…
Brendan tells them that this is the last time they will be together in the warehouse because the only thing left to do now is auction off the houses.
This episode was brilliant. The camera shots were the best I’ve seen in a reality television show ever and unless this show comes back next year, the best I’ll see for a long time. In fact, production overall was fantastic. The lack of product placement was a welcomed feature and the format of the show blew me away with all the stunning work these guys have done. If anything, it was a tad boring at times, but this episode would get any fan into the spirit of renovating.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10