Another Renovators episode, another… flat pack! Tonight; contestants will have to build a flat pack carport (because nothing says ‘inspiration’ like ‘flat pack car garage’) for an advantage going into a same night white room challenge. Who will win?
We start the episode at the inner city terrace where they can finally get some real work done with all paper work processed and all signatures given! Demolitions are go!
They begin immediately and make fast work of the house; getting rid of roofs, rooms and sheds. Bye, bye, heritage listed property!
Add to the excitement of demolition is the euphoria of being able to plan their designs. In contrast, Bob and Peter begin work as a lonely pair and Bob gets underway on the decking, which cost them Kim at elimination.
They then eagerly get to the warehouse where Brendan is wowed by the fact only 16 remain. He tells them that today’s build it challenge is ‘almighty’ and will give them all something they crave. Need a clue? Well, here come forklifts of metal, and cars.
Brendan tells them that today; they will be building a carport. Only two members from each team will get to participate. They have to build it around and over the car presented for them; so they have to be incredibly careful as one scratch could mean instant disqualification.
Luke has built some carports in the past; a fact that proves funny to some. We have a look at a flashback of him doing it (without a shirt, of course for the ladies) before Baz gives some tips on what he would and has done.
So with that, Luke and Sam decide to compete from the blue team with the khaki team, orange team and blue team competing with their only members. The grey team choose Christy and Natalia with the green team choosing Keenan and Jason H. Jason has a height advantage!
The winners will be the first three teams who finish to the judges satisfaction. Only those teams will compete for a major prize through the white room.
They complete the room by honking the car horn. With that piece of nifty information, they get to it.
Most teams decide to read instructions however Luke, being a pro, just goes straight for it!
The blue team look like they are going really well however the Khaki team are not far behind. Michael on the blue team begins to pass steel girders for the roof over the car and they are successful.
It turns out to be the green team who are in front; now getting their covers on their roofs. But as they do it, Baz tells them that they haven’t put their posts in properly. They will have to redo some of the structure. This could definitely slow them down.
After the break, they get on to fixing the problem, but will they get it all done in time? Don’t worry, boys, there’s a few places to go.
Michael and Jarrad are closing in, but Brendan tells us that this challenge has already been going for two hours!
The judges discuss how close this race is; and the blue team are just cranking it up to get their roof up. Over on the navy blue team, a flashing falls off, setting them back. Not for long however, as they become the first team to honk their horn. The orange team also honk their horn, but Michael and Jarrad get their first, and have their structure checked first.
Congratulations; Michael and Jarrad are through to the next round!
To the orange team and Peter & Bob move through to the second round.
Only one place remains and it seems the sky blue team will get their first; beeping third. The judges have a look. They get through in third!
The contestants then enter the second round and Robyn walks in for the white room challenge. It will be based on the smallest room in the house; the bathroom. Peter thinks he has this in the bag. Brendan then shows them the white rooms which features three types of flooring; lime stone, checkered and timber floors. Navy blue team pick first; and they pick limestone. Orange team picks checkered floors, leaving sky blue team with the timber floors.
They then get to choose two other contestants to help in that same order. Michael & Jarrad choose Keenan and Nathan (something that makes Brendan laugh); Bob & Peter let the contestants choose who wants to come and Mel & Natalia put their hands up with the sky blue team choosing Suzanne and Jason H.
A twist to this room is that the two picked members (including the two from the orange team who volunteered) have to stay overnight to tile the entire room.
Baz gives them some tips before Pete points them in the direction of the store room. Brendan then tells them that the winners get a $15,000 Reece bathroom package. Perfect for what is usually the hardest room in the house to complete.
They have five hours to complete the room and their time starts now.
They all rush for the store room which is complete with sparkling tiles, shiny taps, decorative steel parts and luxurious product placement.
Peter describes his bathroom design to the judges who are wowed by the amount of work he has cut out for him. He doesn’t want to do something simple though.
Michael wants to put a telly in his room and the look he’s going for is a penthouse, modern bathroom. Hmm, I so like the sound of this room!
They explain their concept to the judges who wonder what the wow factor will be. Umm… the television?!
They chat on how to make their room better; but they don’t get far.
Kathy is leading the design for the sky blue team and decides to go for something luxurious with a bit of ‘old and new’. They are deciding on going for a platformed bath.
An hour is down and they have an hour to go, so the other two helpers from each team begin to tile.
The judges discuss the progress of the teams and don’t seem optimistic about the bland navy blue team room. They do seem quite confident with the sky blue team but are not too confident with the work the tilers have ahead.
To the orange team and Baz & Robyn conclude that despite the wow factor; there is a lot of work to do.
After a while, work has to stop for the evening for the teams; and they leave their tilers for the night! Good night!
After the break, the contestants return in the morning to see what job has been done. To the sky blue team, not much has been done over the eight+ hours they had. No grouting has been done nor has some of the tiling.
The same goes for the orange team but to the navy blue team, all has been done. With that, their last three hours starts and they all work with what they have.
The sky blue team get working on their wallpaper while some of them continue on the tiling. The work on the wallpaper is not going well and Baz doesn’t like the work at all. He tells them that the wallpaper could win it or lose it for them.
They begin again, but they only have two hours to go.
The judges discuss the work of the contestants and are impressed with the work in the navy blue bathroom however they describe Peter’s job in the orange team as a mountain. He is panicking, saying that the craftsmanship in the bathroom is not to his standard.
Baz gives him some encouragement before he keeps going.
The navy blue boys are working on a different idea for their bathroom and decide to get a few conceptual ideas together and hope they have done enough to get the wow factor done.
With an hour to go, the sky blue team decide not to grout the floor with the amount of work to do. Jason J nearly blows a lid as he mumbles something inaudibly.
So much is going on with the orange team now trying to clean up the massive mess they have made. 5 minutes to go and I just want them all to finish!
Soon enough, work is done and they move away from their rooms.
After the break, the judges rock up to judge each bathroom. First up is the navy blue team who run through their concept. Their room looks bland and a bit too white, but the judges go in and inspect it. Somehow, some of their hand movements look a bit forced and contrived, but I’m sure it all helps with their decision.
Baz praises their craftsmanship immensely while Peter loves the television screen idea and the placing of the toilet. Robyn thinks it has a great feel, but thinks it is lacking something; a stool, or an ottoman.
Next up is the sky blue team’s bathroom which used timber flooring.
Robyn loves the colours of the room and the use of orange. She doesn’t seem to like the platform and its separation from the room. Peter loves… and he goes to the middle of the room… the fact that he can go to the centre and have everything happening around him. He then goes on about how he is centre of the room. Baz then condemns their craftsmanship which is visibly bad.
To the orange room and I quite like it, to be honest. Baz seems to find some craftsmanship problems while Peter notices some stray piece of shower railing.
Robyn loves the design as a whole, but thinks with extra time, this could be perfect. Peter looks visibly upset at his job and craftsmanship but Baz thinks this all comes down to his time management however Peter HAD to have a grand bathroom.
A cheeky cutaway shows Michael discuss his chances of winning and he seems to be trying to hide a grin! Hmm…
After the break, it is verdict time! Brendan commends their work before telling them that the winners of the $15,000 Reece bathroom package is the navy blue team consisting of Michael and Jarrad.
Well, that was predictable. Still, a good episode; something different to the usual choose-your-own-white-room-style challenge (although I do like the latter). Beautifully produces yet again and backs up its much needed renewal! Good work, Shine!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10