STYLE: Inviting elegance
The Block’s first ever mother and son couple, Brett, 26, and Rana, 46, hail from the north-western outskirts of Melbourne.
Rana, on the loose after selling her homewares and fashion business, describes herself as a “domestic goddess who’s ready to get her hands dirty on another project”, and describes her son as impatient, stubborn and quite bossy, but also incredibly thoughtful, caring and generous.
Brett, a drainer and machine operator, is currently renovating the house that he bought three years ago, a three-bedroom brick-veneer.
“So far I’ve tiled a stack-stone feature wall, painted, done some plastering, demolition, grinding, and jack-hammered concrete,” he says.
Rana has renovated her last two homes. “I was hands-on with the painting, wall-papering, demolition and landscape design, as well as project-managing both houses. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.”
Brett thinks his mother is a perfectionist who pays too much attention to detail, but also believes that he gets his competitive streak from her.
“Mum might be a fussy perfectionist but she never puts up with second best, which is a trait I greatly admire,” says Brett.
Rana thinks Brett’s handyman talents and ability to learn new skills quickly will be crucial to their success on The Block.
“I’ve never known anyone to work as hard as Brett and when it comes to renovating houses, he’s a natural. He might not be a tradie but he certainly always knows what to do,” she says proudly. “His work ethic is to be admired. There’s nothing he won’t take on.”