Well, it is just over a week until finale (yes, that’s right folks, the finale will now air from 7.30pm next WEDNESDAY) and while the show could have spread the head to head challenges over the course of this week, it has decided to give us what we all want; some bloody renovations! On the cards tonight: house façade and front garden!
We begin the episode at the warehouse where the judges are awaiting the contestants to join them. Brendan welcomes them and tells them that the countdown is on until auction.
He questions them about their progress and they all seem to be in competition mode; except for Natalia and Nathan, who joke about working together.
Baz tells them that today, they will be boosting their houses selling price.
I forgot to mention that Chris Gray is there; and he introduces tonight’s challenge as the Streetwise challenge- do what ever it takes to make the most of the facades, fences and front yards.
For the challenge, they will get 2 painters, 50L of paint, and one and a half days. For some people, there is a lot of work to do. Michael just hopes he can pull something out of the bag.
Robyn tells them that every house needs to have charm; and their houses are no exception! If they want good street appeal, they need charm.
The prize for the winning team, will be $10,000; a needed boost to the budget! August and Peter, sole renovators, are eying this prize like Shane to Liz Hurley!
Their time begins and they are off and it is going to be a long, long challenge.
At the fibro cottage, we see that they haven’t done much with the front yard, so they get straight into it and have their timber, soil and plants delivered on day one. Jarrad explains that they will be turning the fibro cottage into a modern home with a rubric façade and a monochromatic garden with a splash of colour.
It isn’t long before their house looks completely different. They want to go into the Guinness Book for Records for some reason.
To the half done house and Peter is going for a formal English style. His tiles are already being laid while his plants are being planted. He seems to be enjoying the gardening.
To the weatherboard house now and after being stressed at first, Mel is now excited due to the fact the weatherboard is very charming.
Keenan runs through the intricate plans for the garden before the excavator comes and removes the trees so that the team can start with a clean slate. They move a tree from the backyard to the front yard to become the centerpiece of the garden.
At the inner city terrace and Jason describes that they have a ‘shit load to organize’. Luke wants to bring the new and the old when it comes to the front façade.
After the break, we are at the shop where while there isn’t much left to go, August is going to August to buy the finishing touches. He wants to work on its street appeal.
He finds a gnome and proclaims it to be his new team mate.
To the sixties suburban and their soil has arrived for Nathan to begin to build his mound flowerbed (in an effort to save him the job of creating a fence.
Natalia does what she does best and welds out a border for the flowerbed.
Back at the fibro cottage and Michael finally installs the security alarm which is blaring, causing Jarrad a bit of discomfort.
With that, the boys begin to paint their house and get the fence up and that is exactly where Keenan and Mel are at in the weatherboard property. Keenan even gets the gates down pat and the fence painted!
Back to the inner city terrace and the boys are working on concreting the front patio. The boys hustle their tradies to get the cementing done in 10 minutes because if they don’t, the tiling won’t get done. The concreting isn’t staying put on the last step, but he gets it in the end, and the two can rest for day 2.
The next day, it is judgment day, and they contestants have but seven hours to complete their chores.
August is hanging blinds, but it isn’t working too well. He then gets outside to paint the gate and he is just hoping it will look good. No. All done and painted, it just looks like a white cloth draped over a fence. He is not happy.
At the fibro cottage, they have to plant a few more trees among other chores before cleaning up before they are going to be ready for judgment day.
Keenan and Mel are laying the grass down and they are very happy with their progress as their garden sparkles as they add some colourful, small, plants.
After the break, we are at the half done house where there is still a lot of work for Peter. He cuts his fence into shape while he tiles his patio with tessellated tiles. He doesn’t have many, so he has to make do with what he has.
At the inner city terrace, Luke is stressing about the tillers who have not arrived. They need the tiling done in 3 hours otherwise they will lose! The guy on the phone just tells them not to stress, which causes him to just laugh.
At the sixties suburban, Natalia plants a banksias tree which looks brilliant… until Natalia waters it too much, making it to fall over. Now it keeps falling over; so they put some stakes onto it and hope to god it stays.
Back at the inner city terrace and with 2 hours to go, Jason creates a bench for the outside, made out of recycled materials. Meanwhile, their tiler turns up but are confident as all hell. They may have just saved the day.
Nearing the end of the day, Nathan finishes the steps of the SS as the fibro cottage boys start on their turfing. August is finishing the planting and he is worried he has left too much too late. Bloody hell August, you had nothing to do!
Natalia and Nathan are just having a joke as they struggle to uproot a tree.
Five minutes to go, and Luke and Jason are waiting for everyone else to finish so they can finish. Near the end, the tiler tells them that he won’t be able to complete the last two steps, which isn’t going to go down well. Thanks, guys!
After the break, it is judgement day and they are off to the sixties suburban first which just looks amazing. They love Natalia’s flowerbed borders which circle the lovely ‘globby’ shaped asymmetrical flowerbeds. Chris loves the patio while Robyn just loves the entire transformation. She also loves the gravel, but Baz realizes that the gravel will spread badly if a car goes up and Natalia admits they ran out of time to fix that. Still, Baz loves the door; saying it has the best workmanship he has ever said.
The banksia get Robyn’s vote!
To the half done house now and it again just looks amazing. They seem to love the plants and flowers and Brendan just cannot believe what he has done in the short amount of time. Chris calls it amazing.
Baz is still being negative, saying the ending of the tessellated tiles at the back of the patio with nothing but cement does nothing for the house.
With that, they wish him good luck before the judges head for the fibro cottage which in my eyes looks bland, but good for what they had to work with.
Brendan is jumping out of his skin with the garden. I must say, the letterbox looks amazing.
Brendan notices the mulch didn’t make it to the flowerbed and Michael says it was a budgetary decision to omit it. The boys, and Chris, agree they have added heaps to the house!
After the break, the judges head to the weatherboard house which looks amazing with the circular plot of lawn circling the tree and all bordered by bark chip and a nice pattern of flowers.
The façade of the house looks a little too bland for me.
The judges are impressed with it with Baz saying the garden makes him feel like he is in a fairytale. Chris thinks family when he sees the garden which is a good thing. Robyn can’t believe what they’ve done and hey, no negatives! I think we have a winner!
August is next for the Shop’s judging and admittedly, there’s not much to see; but considering the transformation, a LOT has changed. August admits that the gate his not his favourite, but to Brendan, it is the flowerbed outside the shop which is the main concern with Brendan concerned it may not have enough colour. He goes and gets a yellow plant from out the back which he uses as an example of a bright plant that would fit perfectly in it. In the meantime, Robyn just puts in a word to say that if he paints the fence the same grey as the house, instead of white, it will look good, but considering she just inserted that comment in there half heartedly while Brendan was picking daisies, it is obvious that the fence is not a big concern and therefore, August is a real contender for the $10,000.
With that, they head to their final house, the inner city terrace. They are amazed by the job they have done and somehow, I think they have finished the tiling; or the camera is just omitting the bottom two steps.
The judges love how the sun bounces off the house and when they go to inspect the balcony, they are impressed. Brendan even looks relaxed. We then find out that the tiling has not been done completely and Baz actually scolds the tiler for doing a dodgy job when trimming the tiles.
He is impressed with the dressing up of the patio with the recycled bench as the centerpiece. It does look quaint and nice.
Baz thinks they have the best terrace in the street but thinks the tiling job may let them down. Damn tiler!
After the break, we are back at the warehouse where it is decision time. Chris says that judging this challenge was close and that the decision wasn’t unanimous. He tells them that the winner had the most charm and that they nailed the demographic 100%. That property was… the weatherboard house. Hmm, predictable!
The judges also acknowledge the rest of the houses before telling them that the rest of the houses will not go unrewarded and that the rest of the teams will win $5,000. Well, that niceness is certainly a make up for the predictability.
Niceness over! It is time for Mel and Keenan, as winners, to select the next house to go head to head; either the inner city terrace of Jason and Luke, the sixties suburban of Nathan and Natalia or the fibro cottage of Michael and Jarrad.
They decide to choose the inner city terrace. So either Luke or Jason will be leaving tomorrow. And that signals the end of the episode!
So it was a predictable episode, and again, a bit of a pointless one. I do feel that by this stage, they could have had one head to head tonight, and the other three tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. Instead, there will be two head to heads (the most crucial episode so to speak) on the Friday, which is a hopeless day to have it.
Still, seeing all that renovation was good and those transformations were brilliant. Should make for a suspenseful end of the finale week commencing tomorrow night!
Courtney’s Verdict: 7.5/10