The Block NZ: How to Style Your Lockdown Garage

Many of us look at our homes and think, “We have time. What can we improve during containment? Maybe the garage.

The four teams of The New Zealand Block can help – this week they made their garages and laundry rooms, which are the same room.

Now garages aren’t the most photogenic rooms to show off, nor laundries for that matter, unless you count Tim’s nude. It was one of the most unusual things we’ve found in Dylan and Keegan’s garage – a give and take artwork from the Blue Team, Tim and Arty.

But is it art?  This is Tim and Arty's contribution to the Give-and-Take art challenge, a version of which ended up in Dylan and Keegan's garage.

SCREENSHOT

But is it art? This is Tim and Arty’s contribution to the Give-and-Take art challenge, a version of which ended up in Dylan and Keegan’s garage.

But that wasn’t the only unexpected thing in Dylan and Keegan’s garage – they added a huge full-height mirror, so you can watch yourself workout with the gym equipment. This might be more useful for a young child who is practicing dance moves. Maybe they should have added a bar (not this sort).

READ MORE:
* The Block NZ: Shock from all points of view as top team is accused of cheating, twice
* What Do Block Homes Really Look Like? We visit
* The Block NZ: Accidents aside, the lobbies tell the whole story of who wins this year

However, it was Tim and Arty’s week after they were disqualified for breaking the rules last week. These guys are on a roll. Their Blockstars circus performance was clearly a winner and a lot of fun. One of their prizes (with $ 5,000) was an elimination card. So, after much deliberation, they finally pulled a team name out of the hat and knocked Dylan and Keegan out of this week’s room reveal. Here is how it went:

Tim and Arty

Tim and Arty's laundry is a nice connection to their kitchen.  They get the best points for earning the room reveal.

Provided

Tim and Arty’s laundry is a nice connection to their kitchen. They get the best points for earning the room reveal.

Tim and Arty’s laundry garage is very well done, and this time they are not disqualified. They have funny cartoons on the wall, prompting the judges to declare the garage a “fun space”. “It really made me smile when I walked in,” Judge Lauren said.

And we all love the fold-out wood dryer that dates back to another century, and the awesome pegboard panels for hanging tools, rakes, and brooms.

The utility room echoes the design of the kitchen, with similar cabinets and splashbacks, so there is great visual continuity. Keegan’s “Punakaiki rocks” artwork fits well.

Tim and Arty had a fun piece of art and pegboards for the tools in their garage.

PROVIDED

Tim and Arty had a fun piece of art and pegboards for the tools in their garage.

The dryer can be lowered and raised as needed.

Provided

The dryer can be lowered and raised as needed.

The judges believe they could have provided for an additional fridge-freezer.

All four houses stand the test of time with electric car outlets which is great.

Dylan and Keegan (eliminated)

As we mentioned, the huge mirror with workout space is the biggest thing in the brothers’ garage. Sis Maddy had to leave during the week, but Keegan is back on the tools, albeit a little wobbly with it.

This is Dylan and Keegan's laundry room-garage with a bare Tim's work of give-and-take in the closet.

Provided

This is Dylan and Keegan’s laundry room-garage with a bare Tim’s work of give-and-take in the closet.

They add a workbench and hooks for the coats. But their laundry doesn’t have a lot of bench space. However, it has a large closet. Lauren doesn’t think it would work so well for a family. But in fact, it’s all there.

Then she opens the closet and blushes in front of Tim’s nude. Much hilarity ensues.

Ann-Louise thinks the garage is fabulous – she gives it a 9 out of 10. And Chris loves the way the mirror makes the garage bigger. But the judges would like to see more power points and more practical space.

Dylan and Keegan have a small laundry area, but plenty of storage and a practical workbench.  There is also a very large mirror and gym equipment.

Provided

Dylan and Keegan have a small laundry area, but plenty of storage and a practical workbench. There is also a very large mirror and gym equipment.

Connie and Rachel

These two were also disqualified last week for breaking the rules. They want to make a statement, so they order a wonderful mural with a large kererū and kōwhai tree. It has spiritual significance for Connie and will surely be appreciated by new owners.

Connie and Rach commission a beautiful mural for their garage, but the judges see no visual connection to the rest of the house.  The hanger is Meg and Dan's art gift to the team.

Provided

Connie and Rach commission a beautiful mural for their garage, but the judges see no visual connection to the rest of the house. The hanger is Meg and Dan’s art gift to the team.

But Lauren doesn’t see an obvious connection between the artwork and the rest of the house, and she’s right. This has been a problem for Connie and Rach – the interior of their house is not as visually fluid as the other three houses.

Connie defends herself, however, and says it’s all about nature, and there are a lot of references across the house.

The utility room has a long bench and a stunning tiled splashback. Ann-Louise loves it, and they all love their cleaning closet under the stairs.

The laundry room in Connie and Rach's garage is perfectly adequate.  All garages are carpeted.

PROVIDED

The laundry room in Connie and Rach’s garage is perfectly adequate. All garages are carpeted.

There is also an issue with their finish, which contributes to a low score.

Meg and Dan

This couple needs good news. It wasn’t the best week for them. They drew the short straw for Blockstars and had to sing. They were petrified. For Meg, it was her worst nightmare, but they did, and they got laughs in all the right places and a standing ovation.

It's Meg and Dan's laundry - there are wooden cabinets at each end.

Provided

It’s Meg and Dan’s laundry – there are wooden cabinets at each end.

They spend the most of any team – over $ 15,000. They have an entire wall dedicated to the laundry room, with air dryer, refrigerator and storage cabinet. There are even shelves with storage baskets. Perfect for a family.

The judges think it’s way too good for a car. But, Ann-Louise thinks the color of the countertop is a “disaster”. It’s a cloudy gray, which begs the question “what were they thinking?” I guess it won’t show dirt.

Otherwise very impressive. Ann-Louise admits that it makes life “easy”. Connie and Rach’s Give-and-Take artwork was swept away (a yellow sign saying “Home”), but the judges appreciated the way Meg and Dan used it, on a temporary basis.

Meg and Dan also put pegboard panels to good use.  The house sign is the give and take art work of Connie and Rach.

Provided

Meg and Dan also put pegboard panels to good use. The house sign is the give and take art work of Connie and Rach.

We were pretty impressed overall. So did the judges, who noted – “look how far the garages have gone”.

There were minus 1s and two cancellation cards to be played, with the end result being that Meg and Dan lost a point. But it turns out they wouldn’t have won anyway.

Next week, it’s the outdoor living spaces. With spring approaching somewhere, now is the perfect time.

True Heroes: Meg and Dan, pictured with Mark Richardson, master the Blockstars in style.  They didn't win, but they are very relieved to be done with it.

Provided

True Heroes: Meg and Dan, pictured with Mark Richardson, master the Blockstars in style. They didn’t win, but they are very relieved to be done with it.

In summary:

  • Tim and Arty: ($ 14,962.06) 27 (out of 30); Meg and Dan ($ 15,828.58) 25.5; Dylan and Keegan ($ 11,592.57) 24.5 (eliminated); Connie and Rach ($ 9,709.65) 18.5
  • How many of us could do with cleaning our garages while in lockdown? It was inspiring.
  • Who knew there would be so many winter “tans” on The Block this year?

MEDIA

The judges love the gallery-style entry of Tim and Arty from Do-Over Week. But there are some problems ahead for the guys.

Source link

About Michael Hodges

Check Also

7 fire departments fight garage fire in Kewaskum town

August 22, 2021 – Town of Kewaskum, WI – On August 21, 2021 at 3:30 …