Wow, we love watching the Kitchen Reveals and The Block this season was no exception.

The final reveals of all kitchens were sophisticated and warm. It helped that the kitchen spaces were large, not the average size due to the 5 bedroom houses and was great to see the incorporation of spaces like the butler’s pantries and study nooks.

If you happened to miss it the winners were Josh and Elyse with the perfect score of 30 for a day. That was until this vote was overturned with the hotplate/Caesarstone splashback not meeting regulations. The judges deducted ½ point meaning Josh and Elyse became equal 29.5 with Jason and Sarah.

Here’s what we thought of the kitchens.

Firstly, Josh and Elyse

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The mix of charcoal and white is always a winner, classic and timeless. The mix of dark underbench cabinetry with white benchtops and overheads created a classic style. We liked the way they decided to change the height of the stairwell so they created a huge butler’s pantry to hide all the mess. Surprising for the winning kitchen that the fridge wasn’t hidden behind cabinetry to create the full sophistication.

Turning the island bench around to capitalise on the outside is sure to be a winner when they create their outdoor space. Australians love bringing the outside in! This shows how important design and careful consideration is, especially in a kitchen. Topping if off the clever styling of the black lampshades and the copper kettle and matching utensil holder was the perfect finishing touches creating the warmth in this kitchen.

Next the equal winners Jason and Sarah

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This kitchen space mixing white with the metallic cabinetry tied in nicely. Keep in mind metallic finishes will show fingerprints so not sure on the versatility for a family. Clever thought for the extra shelf for the spices on the splashback while you are cooking.
The Caesarstone benchtops with the addition of the raised new Rugged Concrete clearly tied in the benchtops together. However, with Rugged concrete being raised which is like a piece of art, we’re not sure how a family will utilise this space. It appears to be lacking in bench space for such a large kitchen and family use. A study nook and butler’s pantry once again utilises the area.

Ronnie and Georgia with a total of 28 out of 30

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Once again the mix of light and dark with the matte black and light concrete cabinets and Caesarstone Rugged Concrete provided the softness and warmth that any home would love. This worked well combining the neighbouring space. The Cooktop on the island, although great idea to remove rangehood, seemed to take up most of the benchtop space. This will also add to the visible mess in the kitchen. Once again a butler’s pantry was part of the kitchen design. The warmth in this kitchen is sure to impress any future buyers.

Sticks and Wombat scored a total of 26.5

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Sticks and Wombat’s style is unique to this Block Season. Their mix of timber with other elements help them to create the warmth for their spaces. The addition of the timber bench for the kids to sit and do their homework while the family cooks up dinner created uniqueness. However, the dark concrete “industrial look” cabinetry, rangehood and splashback makes this space feel cold and the materials clash in a space that is meant to be the heart of the home. We all know kitchens are the most important aspect for prospective homebuyers so this could be a negative for future home buyers if not rectified.
We did however like the clever design of the whisky bar/storage door, especially the safe to keep all your belongings away from the hidden eye.

Finally, Clint and Hannah with a score of 26

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By the time Clint and Hannah’s Kitchen was revealed it felt like it was one of the other contestants. The colour scheme looked like the dark and white of all the other homes. The wine fridge underneath the benchtop broke up the flow of the lovely Caesarstone island bench and the addition of the open shelf appeared to look cluttered from the adjoining room. The choice of a small fridge is not practical for a 5 bedroom house! The clever use of the Track Slimline lighting above the island bench matched with the bar stools added a nice touch to the kitchen space.

In summary

Some great design ideas from The Block Kitchen Reveals again this season.  The importance of careful planning, good decision making and design is integral parts of any Kitchen Renovation. Remember to gather your ideas, know what is important for your needs and consider future resale.

If you want a create a kitchen like The Block winners it’s easy. The Hampton Kitchen style of Josh and Elyse or maybe the matte black of Jason and Sarah or even the Caesarstone Rugged Concrete benchtop like Ronnie and Georgia – the choice is endless. Good planning, careful decisions and experienced design will create your perfect kitchen every time. And the best thing is you don’t have to pay a fortune to create these designs.

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