We still get tingles of excitement come auction week – and boy, did this season’s finale deliver.
From the flashback of nerves we got to the nail-biting results themselves, this season’s contestants found great reward for their sleepless nights and months away from loved ones. With 5 incredible homes up for sale in the highly sought-after location of Brighton, it was never in doubt that there would be some very keen bidders flashing their paddles on auction day.
Congratulations to all of the contestants on a record-breaking finale and to Jimmy & Tam for their jaw dropping win! Now, let’s dive into our recap of The Block 2020.
The stunning period features of the 1920s home presented by Harry & Tash were always going to appeal to the romantics at heart. What the home lacked in consistency, it made up for with generous living and master suites and quite possibly the most charming façade we have seen on The Block thus far.
Their diverse use of colour in their bathrooms meant that every week heralded a surprise for the viewers, yet they consistently used Milli Pure tapware in matte black throughout the home to pay homage to the era. A key highlight was their use of LAUFEN The New Classic range in the master ensuite, an Australian first for the European designed range and the perfect pairing for this century old home.
Monochrome with a touch of pink became a signature style for Sarah & George and they delivered consistency from front to back of their 1940s home. Always a close second, they came in for a strong finish with 3 consecutive wins. Unsurprisingly, they were only just pipped at the post for the prized Domain cover and auction order power.
Their use of the Posh Canterbury tapware in every bathroom was a great choice for their home’s era and just one example of their flair for mixing old with new. Australian-made furniture featured dominantly throughout their home including the ISSY Blossom vanity in the guest ensuite, a great debut appearance on The Block. Their love of an arched mirror was apparent with their stylish Kado Neue arched mirror cabinet, also installed in the master ensuite.
Filled with the character and style that you would expect from a 1930s home, Daniel & Jade delivered elegant spaces week after week. Their classic style was peppered with historical nods, particularly with the stunning Mizu Drift tapware in brushed gold which they carried throughout the home.
Not one to shy away from curves, much like their neighbours Luke & Jasmin, their arched doorways created a sense of grandeur and were complimented by arched mirrors with the Kado Neue arched mirror cabinet taking centre stage in multiple bathrooms.
Contenders for the big prize from early on in the series, Luke & Jasmin delivered a consistently high standard from the beginning. Their 1910 home was a stunning fusion of historical and modern design and they really attempted to carry that styling throughout the home, not just in the front original rooms. They consistently loved Mizu Drift tapware and accessories and shower heads, finished in brushed gold.
Their enduring white palette was softened with timber finishes in both their feature curved wall in the kitchen/living space and their use of the Australian-made American Oak vanity units from ISSY. Their love affair with curves didn’t stop there, extending to their bathroom mirrors with the Kado Neue Arched Mirror Cabinet appearing in both the master ensuite and upstairs bathroom. The hygienic AXA rimless toilets, featuring in numerous bathrooms, were consistent with the high end products they delivered throughout. Ultimately House 4 is a timeless classic but with one of the best pizza party pits we have ever seen!
House 5 hit the lead early in the series and maintained quite the healthy bank balance right through to the end. Jimmy & Tam’s passion for the 50s was evident in their enthusiasm and on-point design choices. Their love affair with colour often divided the judges, but their consistent use of gold fixtures and fittings like the Milli Pure tapware in Living Tumbled Brass anchored that connection between the rooms.
Encouraged to include a bath in the upstairs bathroom, the Kado Lussi thin edged freestanding bath fit the bill and ticked that essential family friendly box that only a divine bath of that proportion can do. Their Master Ensuite wasn’t without its luxury inclusions though with the Roca In-Wash Inspira Smart Toilet equipped with all the technology one could ever want from a toilet. House 5 is the most unique house from The Block 2020 and we loved how Jimmy & Tam embraced their brief to the fullest extent – with a whopping auction result that sees them leaving the show as the first ever millionaires. Phenomenal result, well done to Jimmy & Tam!
The Block 2020 has been a welcome reprieve from a year that will be remembered for some time to come as one of lockdown, isolation and separation. More than ever our homes have become our sanctuary and these real estate transformations have inspired many a makeover and made Sunday night reveals all the more enjoyable. These talented teams all produced homes which promote family and connection, and we can’t wait to see where their post-Block journey takes them.
Alisa and Lysandra xx