Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews
Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

"It's tradition. Every night on reveal we have a little cry, and the next morning we're all good," said The Block Glasshouse contestant Chris on the latest room reveals' episode.

Chris and Jenna have certainly had plenty of disappointment to bounce back from in their journey from underdogs to wonderdogs and back to underdogs on The Block. This week was no different.

Despite their best intentions, the couple failed to repeat the success of their main bathroom, which earned them a perfect score from the judges. This week, they came in last place yet again, delivering an unfinished room (pictured below).

 Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

Though the judges were inexplicably enamoured with Chris and Jenna's choice of resin-based 3D tiles, it seems they weren't quite worth the (considerable) effort it took to install them. Chris' scheduling bungle didn't help either: telling his glazier the wrong date set the team back considerably.

Judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer had plenty to say about the bathroom's grotty bronze mirror, the electrical sockets hanging out of the wall and poor finishing touches. They were, however, enthusiastic about the design and layout of the bathroom, which managed to fit in a bathtub and double shower.

Chris and Jenna received 23 out of 30 for their effort.

Karstan and Max, who were the victims of some rather laborious pranks this week, didn't fare much better. They delivered yet another glossy, big-tiled, dark bathroom (pictured below). At least the cold-looking rooms are consistent.

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

One of the major problems with The Block format is the expectation that contestants will respond to the judge's comments from week to week, with each room better than the last. But doing so creates inconsistency throughout the apartments. While the viewing public may enjoy seeing each team progress through a coherent narrative, buyers would rather a consistently styled home.

So Karstan and Maxine's stubborn cling to high-gloss might just pay off on auction day. For now, they remain unpopular with the judges, who awarded the team 24 out of 30.

Perpetual favourites Michael and Carlene also had a less-than-stellar run with their ensuite (pictured below). Unfortunately, the glass door to their ensuite was installed before their tiles were installed, and it didn't fit when the flooring was completed.

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

So there was one less piece of glass on reveal day, but it was still too much: Neale declared that the couple's use of glass throughout the ensuite, including glass pendant lights, made it feel cold.

He also hated the dried nettles that sat in Michael and Carlene's bathroom, though Darren defended the dead flowers pictured below. It seems he's a fan of the souped-up potpourri, having used dried flowers in his own book, Easy Luxury. Michael and Carlene were given 25.5 points for their efforts.

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

There was some distance between the bottom three and the top two, with Dee and Darren's score clearing Michael and Carlene's by three points. But 28 wasn't enough for Deanne, who declared Shaynna a "bogan from Wantirna" with "no idea about styling" after she gave their ensuite (pictured below) a measly 9/10, citing storage issues.

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

Darren and Dee, who had the smallest ensuite of any team, finished their interior spaces with characteristic WASPish flair (bar the bizarre chevron towels). The couple's provincial styling, as shown in the online listing for their apartment, sits a little strangely in an office conversion. It seems to work for them - just not well enough to win the team any prizes.

This week, the award for winning room went to Simon and Shannon's ensuite, pictured below.

Dead flowers debate on The Block Glasshouse, but ennui ensues after ensuite reviews

The brothers, who had been banking on the appeal of a timber bath, got exactly what they wanted. The judges swooned over their wooden washtub and its spout, which descended from the ceiling. The bathroom also featured glass pendant lights and a gold Chinese drum stool.

They received a 29.5 score this week, earning them a $15,000 prize.

Simon and Shannon will be spending the $15,000 on their terrace spaces, with the apartments' interiors now completed.

All photos courtesy of Channel 9.

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