January 12, 2022
  • January 12, 2022

The Block NZ: Trouble in Heaven in Family Bathroom Week

By on July 4, 2021 0

NOTICE: Here’s the thing about The New Zealand Block. Each house is a team effort. A team of two, plus the shops of course. If the team cannot work together, the stress level skyrockets and the consequences can be dire.

Newcomer Connie, who replaced Janah in Team Purple after the Covid break, doesn’t find it easy to work with Rach, and vice versa.

As you approach the family bathroom, reveal that they have a “total communication breakdown” and begin to avoid each other. Even the producer gets involved in this feud, and Connie is packing her bags to sleep elsewhere.

Connie and Rach have a total communication breakdown during family restroom week and no longer want to be in the same room, let alone the same house.

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Connie and Rach have a total communication breakdown during family restroom week and no longer want to be in the same room, let alone the same house.

A mom of six, Connie seems like a great find. She’s an electrician, ready to work hard, and a friend of Rach’s. Hope these two don’t break a friendship The block. Really not worth it.

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The good news for them is that they are winning the family bathroom reveal – with an unfinished bathroom. What is wrong with some of the other competitors.

“The theme I get is that it doesn’t matter how much you finish your piece as long as there is good design intent, which sucks,” says Dylan.

Connie and Rach's winning family bathroom ($ 28,229.87) pairs large-format wall tiles in a marble look with charcoal floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern.  The team wins $ 7,000 plus an additional $ 2,000 for the best use of the tile chosen by the judge.

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Connie and Rach’s winning family bathroom ($ 28,229.87) pairs large-format wall tiles in a marble look with charcoal floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. The team wins $ 7,000 plus an additional $ 2,000 for the best use of the tile chosen by the judge.

The judges rave about the bathroom, which has no glass shower screen. Ann-Louise is particularly thrilled as they used her choice of large-format marble-look tiles on the walls. The effect of all these designs on the high walls is almost irresistible, but the judges don’t think so.

Presenter Mark Richardson clearly knows there will be a rebound from the other teams, so he’s keen to say he’s not entirely comfortable with a winning team with an unfinished room. But he feels better (even if the Losers don’t), claiming the girls would have scored 10 otherwise.

Hollywood smoked glass pendant lights are a great idea, but we’re not sure they will work with brass fittings, which looks a bit too ‘golden’. The brass look seems to be a trend, replacing black, but sometimes (OK, always) polished or brushed stainless steel works better.

Smoked glass pendants and a long niche above the freestanding tub are luxurious touches in Connie and Rach's family bathroom.

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Smoked glass pendants and a long niche above the freestanding tub are luxurious touches in Connie and Rach’s family bathroom.

They get a score of 24.5 out of 30.

Luxury spa or tiled showroom?

Last week’s winners Tim and Arty come in second with their Zen-inspired bathroom.

Their white tiles in the shower are a great choice and their shower niche is amazing. But did they need three very different tiles in space?

Tim and Arthur's Zen-inspired bathroom ($ 26,432.58) received rave reviews from the judges, especially the full-height glass in the shower.

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Tim and Arthur’s Zen-inspired bathroom ($ 26,432.58) received rave reviews from the judges, especially the full-height glass in the shower.

Patterned floor tiles don’t exactly go with white – they’re more earthy. It looks like a bathroom made up of separate elements, rather than a room with a cohesive feel. This is something we often see on The block. More of a tiled showroom than a designer bathroom.

But they get rave reviews from the judges. Lauren loves the high ceiling and the skylights that bring extra light into the room.

“It has a very calming effect. I feel like I’m in a spa. I love the glass (screen) going up to the ceiling. I think it’s exceptional.

Another highlight of Tim and Arthur's bathroom is a full height wooden screen.

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Another highlight of Tim and Arthur’s bathroom is a full height wooden screen.

Chris loves the wooden screen, and they all agree that the shower is the hero of the room. “It’s an absolute knockout,” says Chris. And it’s.

Ann-Louise would have liked to see a little more color. “I just feel a little flat.”

Lauren and Chris give marks (8 and 7) that seem to contradict their comments. They get 22 points in total.

Brutal return for Dylan and Keegan

Ouch. It’s a tough watch. The reactions of the judges to Dylan and Keegan’s bathroom do not bode well. Guys are told they are “missing the mark”.

Dylan and Keegan ($ 27,856.61) wowed us with their "guest" bathroom, not so much the judges.  The sliding mirror also serves as a blind.

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Dylan and Keegan ($ 27,856.61) impressed us with their sophisticated “guest” bathroom, not so much by the judges. The sliding mirror also serves as a blind.

But Dylan and Keegan call it a guest bathroom, not a family bathroom, because they don’t see potential buyers having children in the home.

The room is small – they moved the walls and rearranged the layout of the house. There’s a very high ceiling, and Ann-Louise says laying their pink tiles horizontally (her choice) would have been better than the vertical layout, which emphasizes extreme height. Nobody is laying narrow bathroom tiles this way right now, so you can see why they haven’t taken that bet.

The shower is lined with dark gray tiles, and Chris says dark materials in this small space don’t work.

It is a very sophisticated bathroom, more than the others. And this is a case where black (like those used in towel rails) or steel fittings would have performed better than brass.

But the judges love the sliding mirror – it’s just as good that Dylan insisted on keeping it even though it caused installation issues.

“I’m really torn on this one,” Ann-Louise says. “I think if they had all of these finishes in a bigger space that would be great.”

The guys stoically take the news of the judges' disapproval.

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The guys stoically take the news of the judges’ disapproval.

And Lauren is “a little confused” because it looks like she wasn’t designed for a family. But Dylan agrees on that, because he has his eye on the long plan.

They come last with 16 points, with just 4 out of 10 from Chris.

Lack of “wow factor”

Meg and Dan’s result is disappointing – Meg doesn’t get the 10 she’s hoping for, and they come in third.

The couple have marble tiles on the walls, but it’s a much “quieter” pattern than the one used by Connie and Rach. And easier to live with, we think.

We also love their wood wall panels, but not the brass fittings, or the brass trim on the vanity, which looks a bit like the 80s. Maybe a wood vanity to match the wall would have worked better.

They are shot for not matching the finish of their door hardware, which seems unfair. (Who would use this golden brass across a house?) The judges also felt that the piece lacked this very important “wow factor”.

Judges ruled Meg and Dan's bathroom ($ 21,346.06) was in short supply

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The judges ruled that Meg and Dan’s bathroom ($ 21,346.06) lacked a “wow factor.” We love the sculptural basin.

Meg and Dan’s dark gray floor tiles anchor the room perfectly, and we love the sculptural basin, but they might have been better offset with brushed steel fittings, like the ones Tim and Arty had in their bathroom. They score 20.5.

In summary

Children’s room ratings (out of 30): Connie and Rach 24.5, Tim and Arthur 22, Meg and Dan 20.5, Dylan and Keegan 16.

To monitor : Connie and Rachel. Walkouts on The block are never pretty – Connie barely recorded a week. Will the besties reconcile?

It’s a real competition: You can’t predict the best team in this series. They are all capable of greatness. Dylan and Keegan were unlucky, losing twice in a row. This result does not reflect their talents.

Block NZ continues Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with the next unveiling on Sunday at 7 p.m. It airs on ThreeNow from 12:30 p.m.