Basements reach new heights

This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. The most stunning staircase in Block history! But there were still parts of each contestant’s areas we enjoyed.

Ronnie & Georgia

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We were thrilled to see Ronnie and Georgia’s showstopping (and winning) spiral staircase. Finally unveiled this week, the curvaceous three-storey cantilevered stairs were wrapped in Gyprock’s Flexible 6.5mm plasterboard with the expert help of James Dickson of Somerville Plaster. The result was both functional and a spectacular piece of art – no wonder the couple scored big this week. They tackled a huge number of spaces, but the staircase certainly stole the show.

Kirsty & Jesse

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Budget overruns, and the amount of work left to complete in their “monster” of a house, left Kirsty and Jesse exhausted, but still determined to finish and they made it! Their Gaggenau wine fridges added cache to their cellar, as did the choice of custom-made guitars as wall art. We also loved their first-floor study, and their stylish two-car garage with its panel-style garage door that reflects the home’s in-demand Hamptons look.

Mitch & Mark

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Mitch and Mark were practical with their choices this week on The Block, adding a loft study area and spacious under-stair storage. While the basement didn’t wow the judges, we thought their wine cellar and wet bar was a great fit with the existing day spa area, especially with a big screen to create a relax-and-chill space. And we loved the huge mural in the garage for added fun.

Josh & Luke

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Twins Josh and Luke showed their inexperience this week – so much to do, delays everywhere and some pretty scathing comments from the judges. It seems their mistakes in previous weeks caught up with them and they didn’t really finish anything. They had five areas to work on this week – the study, adjoining ensuite, single garage and in the basement, their bar area and wine cellar, plus the connecting staircase.

Tanya & Vito

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Tanya and Vito had a relatively calm week on The Block this week, finishing their interiors with some of their trademark pops of colour. Their garage was a standout, with its unique sliding door in a fantastic teal colour, porthole windows and polished concrete floor, plus additional storage nook and double doors leading to the pool area. We liked their basement wine cellar with tasting area and games corner too.