Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Reality TV Provides Crucial Tips for Would-Be Home Renovators

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Reality TV Provides Crucial Tips for Would-Be Home Renovators

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SINCE hitting TV screens back in 2003, The Block has become such a mainstay of Australian television that it's hard to remember a time when it wasn't on the tube. It's a natural fit for Australians, given our historical love of DIY and mucking in.

Last July, Roy Morgan noted that The Block was among the country's top 20 best-loved shows, and that fact still applies to its most recent season. According to FreeTV Australia's TV Ratings Report, The Block: Triple Threat winner announcement drew in a combined national audience of nearly 2.9 million viewers.

Of course, it's not all about the drama and entertainment value; the fights, the judges and the competition. The Block also has plenty of lessons to teach anyone who has refinanced a home loan for renovations.

1. Natural is in

Where once the finest properties were characterised by sleek designs aimed at disguising the home's true materials, The Block: Triple Threat taught us the value of letting it all hang out. It also taught Sydneysiders Josh and Charlotte, who wowed judges early on with a lime-washed timber wall in their bedroom and another made from exposed brick in their living room. Queensland couple Jess and Ayden similarly impressed with their copious use of natural wood in the lounge.

The use of unadorned, natural materials can add a cosy, rustic feel to a home. Not only do they lend greater authenticity and aesthetic appeal to the property, but they could also raise the value of your home, if you're planning to eventually sell and put the profit into your savings account.

2. Don't go overboard

The hunt for that one, perfect feature can drive you crazy, particularly if you're something of a perfectionist. Often, it's those small, barely consciously observed details that can make one room pop and another flop. Unfortunately, this can also lead you on wild goose chases in the hunt for the ideal material, as Jess and Ayden found out during their bathroom renovation.

The couple spent an unbelievable $20,000 on marble tiles, with Jess failing to realise the couple had an actual set budget to work from. …

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