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 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).
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is also an issue with their finish, which contributes to a low score.
Meg and Dan
These two need good news. It wasn’t the best week for the couple. 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.
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.
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.
- 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?
The judges love the gallery-style entry of Tim and Arty from Do-Over Week. But there are some problems ahead for the guys.