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

The four teams at The Block NZ can help out – this week they did their garages and laundries which are in the same room.

Well, garages aren’t the most photogenic spaces to show, and neither are laundries unless you count Tim’s nudity. That was one of the more unusual things we found in Dylan’s and Keegan’s garage – a give-and-take piece of art from the blue team, Tim and Arty.

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

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

But it wasn’t the only unexpected thing in Dylan’s and Keegan’s garage – they added a huge floor-to-ceiling mirror so you can watch yourself exercise on the fitness machines. It might be more useful for a young child to practice dance moves. Maybe they should have added a bar (not like that).

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However, this was Tim and Arty’s week after they were disqualified for a rule violation last week. These guys are on the move. Their circus performance of block stars was a clear winner and very fun. One of their prizes (along with $ 5,000) was an elimination card, so after much deliberation, they eventually pull the name of a team out of their hat and eliminate Dylan and Keegan from this week’s space reveal. This is how it went:

Tim and Arty

Tim and Arty's laundry goes well with their kitchen.  You get top points for winning the room discovery.

Delivered

Tim and Arty’s laundry goes well with their kitchen. You get top points for winning the room discovery.

Tim and Arty’s garage wash is very well done and this time they will not be disqualified. They have some funny cartoon drawings on the wall, which led the jury to consider the garage a “fun space”. “It really made me smile when I walked in,” says Judge Lauren.

And we all like the fold-down wooden drying rack, which dates back to another century, and the great pegboards for hanging tools, rakes and brooms.

The laundry mirrors the kitchen design with similar cabinets and splash walls so there is great visual continuity. Keegan’s artwork “Punakaiki rocks” goes well with it.

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

DELIVERED

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

The drying rack can be lowered and raised as required.

Delivered

The drying rack can be lowered and raised as required.

The judges think they could have provided an additional refrigerator with freezer compartment.

All four houses are future-proofed with electric car sockets, which is great.

Dylan and Keegan (eliminated)

As already mentioned, the huge mirror with a training area is the largest offering in the brothers’ garage. Sis Maddy had to go during the week, but Keegan is back at his tools, albeit a little shaky.

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

Delivered

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

They add a workbench and hooks for coats. But her laundry doesn’t have much space on the bench. However, it has a large closet. Lauren doesn’t think it would work that well for a family. But actually everything is there.

Then she opens the closet and blushes at Tim’s nakedness. There is a lot of serenity.

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

Dylan and Keegan have a small washroom but plenty of storage space and a handy workbench.  There is also a very large mirror and some exercise equipment.

Delivered

Dylan and Keegan have a small washroom but plenty of storage space and a handy workbench. There is also a very large mirror and some exercise equipment.

Connie and Rach

These two were also disqualified last week for violating the rules. They want to make a statement, so commission a stunning mural of a large Kererū and Kōwhai tree. It has a spiritual meaning to Connie and will surely please the new owners.

Connie and Rach commission a stunning mural for their garage, but the jury can't see any visual connection to the rest of the house.  The coat hanger is Meg and Dan's artistic gift to the team.

Delivered

Connie and Rach commission a stunning mural for their garage, but the jury can’t see any visual connection to the rest of the house. The coat hanger is Meg and Dan’s artistic 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. That was a problem for Connie and Rach – their house interior doesn’t flow as well as the other three houses.

Connie struggles, however, saying it is about the outdoors and there are plenty of clues around the house.

The laundry has a long bench and a great tiled back wall. Ann-Louise likes it and they all love their cleaning cupboard under the stairs.

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

DELIVERED

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

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

Meg and Dan

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

This is Meg and Dan's laundry - there are wooden cupboards at either end.

Delivered

This is Meg and Dan’s laundry – there are wooden cupboards at either end.

They spend the most on each team – more than $ 15,000. You have an entire wall dedicated to laundry facilities with an air dryer, refrigerator, and cupboard space. There are even shelves with basket storage. Perfect for a family.

The judges think it’s way too beautiful for a car. But Ann-Louise thinks the table color is a “disaster”. It’s a cloudy gray that begs the question, “What were you thinking?” Think it won’t show the dirt.

Otherwise very impressive. Ann-Louise admits that it makes life “easy”. Connie and Rach’s give-and-take artwork was panned (a yellow sign that said “Home”), but the judges liked the way Meg and Dan temporarily used it.

Meg and Dan also used breadboards with good success.  The home sign is Connie and Rach's give-and-take artwork.

Delivered

Meg and Dan also used breadboards with good success. The home sign is Connie and Rach’s give-and-take artwork.

Overall, we were pretty excited. As did the judges who noted – “look how far the workshops have come”.

There were minus 1 and two undo cards to play, with Meg and Dan ultimately losing a point. But as it is, they wouldn’t have won anyway.

Next week it’s all about the outdoor living areas. With spring just around the corner, this is the perfect timing.

Real Heroes: Meg and Dan, pictured with Mark Richardson, master block stars in style.  They didn't win, but they are very relieved to be behind them.

Delivered

Real Heroes: Meg and Dan, pictured with Mark Richardson, master block stars in style. They didn’t win, but they are very relieved to be behind them.

In summary:

  • Tim and Arty: ($ 14,962.06) 27 (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 clean our garages during the lockdown? That was inspiring.
  • Who would have thought there would be so many winter tans on The Block this year?

MEDIA WORKS

The jury is enthusiastic about Tim and Arty’s gallery-like contribution, which was completed in Do-Over Week. But there are problems for the boys.