Life on The Block
Meet the team we partnered with for the 2019 season of The Block!
Fan favourites, Andy and Deb agreed to partner with BlueScope to produce some content of their experience throughout The Block 2019! “The Oslo” was the biggest building in the history of the show, with each house having four bedrooms, three living areas, three outdoor spaces and a double garage. Thankfully, Andy and Deb were no strangers to renovating or hard work!
Hailing from the mid-coast of NSW, Andy is a TAFE Administrator and stand-up comedian, and Deb runs her own fashion and homewares business alongside her sisters. On the side, they also completed five projects together prior to coming on The Block – three new house builds which all featured roofs made from COLORBOND® steel, and two other extensive renovation projects.
Deb, a die-hard fan of The Block has never missed an episode or season of the show since it started. After convincing Andy to apply with her, the couple made it through the auditioning process and could not have been more surprised or happy that they made it through. Their four children were ecstatic too. “There was a lot of screaming when they found out that we were successful and that we had gotten on the show. They are all fans, especially our 9-year-old”, says Deb.
When quizzed about the biggest difference between watching and being on the show the couple agreed. “It’s real. It’s totally real” said Andy. “Basically, you are given a house, a car, a budget and access to some incredible sponsors and products and just allowed to go for it” continues Deb. “You can really do anything you want and that was a real surprise to us”.
Thankfully given the short timeframes that The Block is famous for, Deb had a firm idea of the style that she wanted to achieve in their townhouse prior to coming on the show. “It’s like Palm Springs meets California Bungalow style” says Deb, “It’s a bit more grown up with lots of luxe finishes… and there’s a lot of natural light.”
The couple was very thankful for being able to discuss ideas and colours with COLORBOND® steel’s Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy who visited the teams on site during the build. Said Deb, “There were beautiful mood boards put together and Christine just knew what colours and accents worked with all of the different COLORBOND® steel colours”. And of their selection of COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt for the courtyards, continued Deb, “We wrapped three walls in COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt - it goes from the ground floor right up through to the roof. The colour needed to be something that made an impact but wasn’t too overpowering, and Dune® was absolutely perfect because it’s so well matched with all of the greenery and timbers”.
Congratulations to Andy and Deb for completing such a stunning renovation. We can't wait to see what you do next!