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The Block 2020 takes place in the suburb of Brighton, Victoria. This year’s build showcases the transformation of five iconic homes, from different eras, dating from the 1910s to the 1950s. Each of the older iconic homes will be complemented with an architecturally designed extension, studio and garage.

BlueScope is a proud sponsor of The Block, and it’s great to see TRUECORE® steel and COLORBOND® steel appearing in the show, from start to finish!

Thank you to our valued partners

Our Partners

Thank you to our valued partners of The Block 2020
Our Partners

The participation of COLORBOND® steel and TRUECORE® steel in The Block has been made possible by the support of our amazing customers and partners: Dynamic Steel Frame, Stramit, Architectural Cladding Suppliers, Reece Plumbing, LCS Plumbing & Civil Drainage, Nine in Six Builders, Centurion Garage Doors and Quicklift Garage Doors.

 

ROOFING & CLADDING MADE FROM COLORBOND® STEEL
Supplied and Installed by:

LCS Plumbing & Civil Drainage

L Clarke and Sons is a family business in Mornington, Victoria with generations of experience in its tradesmen, which prides itself in giving every project the same dedication and aptitude – regardless of size or cost.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Reece Plumbing

The Reece business began over 100 years ago, in 1919, when Harold Joseph Reece commenced selling hardware products from the back of a truck. Now the company is Australia's largest plumbing and bathroom supplies business, operating both locally and Internationally.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Stramit

The roots of Stramit date back to a number of family-owned roofing, rainwater and roll forming businesses in the 1890s. Today, it is one of the largest steel roll formers in Australia, with a strong commitment to safety and quality. Whether you're a builder, engineer, architect, specifier, distributor, re-seller, installer or steel fabricator, they've got you covered.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Architectural Cladding Suppliers

For the past decade, Architectural Cladding Suppliers has been fabricating architectural roofing and wall panel products, whilst supporting builders, developers and architects with a quality range and a dedication to unparalleled service. Alongside their cladding profiles, their sister company PPC Flashings delivers an extensive range of complementary metal rainwater goods, accessories and flashings, creating a complete start to end project solution. ACS and PPC Flashings are both very proud to have been a part of supplying their products this year for The Block 2020.

To find out more, please check out their website.

 

GARAGE DOORS MADE FROM COLORBOND® steel
Supplied and Installed by:

Centurion

Centurion Garage Doors has been supplying and manufacturing garage doors since 1976. The company is at the forefront of garage door innovation, providing high-quality garage doors, automation and accessories to the Australian market.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Quicklift Garage Doors

Quicklift Garage Doors opened in 1958 and works throughout Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria to bring their customers quality products and a reliable service. They offer an extensive collection of products, including garage doors, gates and entrance doors in a range of colours and styles, as well as repairs, maintenance and a 24/7 Emergency Team. Quicklift Garage Doors provided the garage doors, gates and automation for The Block 2020.

To find out more, please check out their website.

 

HOUSE FRAMES MADE FROM TRUECORE® STEEL
Supplied and Installed by:

Dynamic Steel Frame

Dynamic Steel Frame is a vibrant, customer focused, award winning light gauge steel frame manufacturer based in Melbourne. They manufacture for all segments of the building industry including commercial, light industrial, investment housing, high end bespoke homes, apartment multi-residential, owner builder, cladding and façade builders and even Tiny Houses.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Spantec Systems

Spantec Systems is a leading innovator of light structural steel beams and specialists in steel flooring systems. Spantec design flooring/roofing systems, including the manufacturing of the components for the systems and developing the software to make building easy. Boxspan® beams were supplied for The Block 2020 and were delivered as a designed kit system which meant no cutting required on site, and a strong foundation for this year extensions.

To find out more please check out their website.


Nine in Six Builders

Nine in Six Builders is a family owned business completing bespoke residential homes and commercial projects across Victoria.

To find out more, please check out their website.

 

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COLORBOND® steel is back on The Block!

COLORBOND® steel is back on The Block!

From front to back, old to new - COLORBOND® steel has been selected the whole way through.
COLORBOND® steel is back on the block

The Block 2020 is here, and we could not be more excited to once again sponsor the series! Like everything else in 2020, the build has been a rollercoaster for everyone involved, but the results have been amazing, and we can’t wait for the journey to unfold.

This season, five period homes have been sourced from all over Melbourne, and relocated to Brighton – an exclusive coastal suburb, 11kms from the CBD. Interestingly, all of the original homes are from different eras, dating from the 1910s to the 1950s:

  • House #1: 1920’s Art Deco / Hollywood style of home sourced from Kew
  • House #2: 1940’s Post War Home sourced from Reservoir
  • House #3: 1930’s California Bungalow sourced from Coburg
  • House #4: 1910’s Federation Home sourced from Malvern
  • House #5: 1950’s Mid-Century Modern sourced from Blackburn

We have been given the opportunity to showcase COLORBOND® steel Matt throughout all stages of the build - starting with the sponsorship of the ‘House-Decider Challenge’. This Challenge is used to determine which contestants would be in what house, and saw each team tasked with painting and decorating an iconic Brighton ‘Beach Box’. These Beach Boxes are a much loved feature of nearby Brighton Beach, and attract thousands of tourists each year. Each of the Challenge Beach Boxes included a roof made from COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey with the walls a blank canvas for each team to demonstrate their creativity. Congrats to Jimmy and Tam who took out the win and selected House #5.

 

Jimmy and Tam’s challenge winning Beach Box that features a roof made from COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey™
Jimmy and Tam’s challenge winning Beach Box that features a roof made from COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey™

 

Similar to the Elsterwick season in 2017, this year will see the teams not only renovate the relocated house, but also build a substantial modern addition onto the rear of this home. A separate studio/garage structure will also be built at the back of each property that can be accessed through the rear laneway.

Each section of the build will feature COLORBOND® steel Matt roofing, and the new extensions and studio/garage spaces will also be clad in this material. The garages will also have sectional panel lift doors all made from COLORBOND® steel Matt.

The use of COLORBOND® steel Matt was the perfect way to elevate the build said COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant Christine McCoy. “The way the matt surface responds to light shows off all of the angles and curves - it’s the perfect enhancement to a really architectural build.”

 

One of the period homes features a COLORBOND® steel Matt roof in the colour Surfmist®
One of the period homes features a COLORBOND® steel Matt roof in the colour Surfmist®

 

When it came to decide on the exterior palette for each home, The Block’s architect, Julian Brenchley, knew that he wanted each home to be treated individually, whilst still making sure that the colours all worked together. “We wanted The Block to present like a neighbourhood rather than a series of cookie-cutter homes. They are houses from different architectural periods that essentially had unique briefs per house which was a great opportunity” he said.

 

Another of the original period houses features a COLORBOND® steel Matt roof in the colour Monument®
Another of the original period houses features a COLORBOND® steel Matt roof in the colour Monument®

 

The roof colour for each of the period homes was selected by Julian and Christine, who said that the selection for each needed to do justice to that era and style of building. “We wanted to ensure that the colour selections of the roofing and cladding across The Block were cohesive in every way”, said Christine. “Every time you build next door to other properties you need to be mindful of your next-door neighbour and surrounding properties because they all help to sell each other.”

Make sure to watch The Block on Channel 9 and follow us on social to stay-up-to-date on the build and see behind the scenes footage.

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A journey through this 1920’s stunner

1920’s Art Deco

COLORBOND® steel Matt features heavily in this stunning design by Harry and Tash.
1920’s Art Deco

After selecting the 1920’s Art Deco house, Harry and Tash quickly went off and did some research about home designs during this period to plan how they could pay homage to this period whilst incorporating a modern flavour. After initially feeling a little unsure about their direction, they quickly found their feet on the style of the Art Deco period and picked up their first room win in week #3 for ‘Master Bedroom and Walk In Robe’ week.

House #1’s winning Master Bedroom and Walk In Robe

Having included a roof made from COLORBOND® steel on a previous renovation project, Harry was familiar with the product but had never worked with the Matt range before. “I love the Matt range” said Harry, “It’s really beautiful, and full of natural colours. We were excited about the fact that we had the opportunity to use it.”

Their Art Deco house features COLORBOND® steel Matt in a variety of applications – from the roof on the original home, all the way into the back studio and garages.

Original 1920’s home:

The original house features a roof made from COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® in a traditional corrugated profile. The colour and profile style were selected by COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy in consultation with The Block architect, Julian Brenchley, to stay true to the period of the home. Said Christine, “Traditionally the Art Deco style featured a whiter, cooler colour with a darker contrast against it. By having COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® on the roof, it meant that the team could do a white colour on the walls of the house and stay true to this design period.”

Rear-extension:

After consulting with their non-Block next door neighbour, Harry and Tash selected the darkest colour in the COLORBOND® steel Matt range – Monument®, for the cladding and roofing of their rear-extension. The profile is also more contemporary for this section of the build to reflect the movement into the modern section of the house and uses 38mm Snaplock with a 190mm pan.

This profile and colour selection highlight the long lines and complex rooflines of this building whilst tucking in subtly behind the front façade from the street view.

Studio/Garage:

To unite the studio/garage with the front buildings, Harry and Tash chose to continue with COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® for the studio and garage space. This time a slightly different profile was used – a shorter 25mm rib Snaplock with a wider 325mm pan. The Sectional panel lift garage door is also in the colour Monument® Matt.

Of the colour choice said Tash, “We found the Monument® Matt to be really impactful - it gives you such a wow factor without being too in your face. People can be a little bit scared with dark and black colours sometimes but the way it is paired with everything else, it just looks absolutely beautiful.”

The father and daughter team also used the texture of the COLORBOND® steel Matt to help drive a cohesiveness not only between the exterior of each of the buildings, but also to ensure a seamless look from outside to inside. Said Tash, “The Matt finish just gave a softness to the design the whole way through”. Harry agreed and added, “We also used dark fittings all throughout the inside as well - the colour scheme inside flows so well with the black.”

Check back soon for more photos of Harry and Tash’s stunning house.

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The 1940’s have never looked so good

1940’s Post War

A playful mix of COLORBOND® steel Matt features on Sarah and George’s gorgeous home.
1940’s Post War

Each team started with a somewhat blank canvas but none more so than Sarah and George in House #2. Their 1940’s Post War home was built in a time of war where materials were scarce and labour even more so. Out went the handmade, artisan methods of the past, and in came building methods that were focussed on efficiency. It is this lack of flourishes that has allowed Sarah and George to adapt this home seamlessly from the period house at the front, into a modern masterpiece in the back. After coming 2nd several times, they picked up their first room win in the rear extension for ‘Guest Bedroom and Completion of Upstairs’.

The Sydney-based couple were thrilled to be using the COLORBOND® steel Matt range for most of the exterior surfaces of their build. Having the tallest rear extension on The Block, the exterior cladding made from COLORBOND® steel Matt is a major part of their streetscape appeal and the selections the couple made here have really allowed their house to stand out amongst the others.

House #2’s extension is very visible from the street

Original 1940’s home:

To pay homage to the period, the original house features a traditional corrugated roof, but with a modern twist in the selection of the colour. COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy along with The Block architect, Julian Brenchley, chose COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Surfmist® because of its flexibility. Said Christine, “This was really the least characteristic house, so it was perfect for using Surfmist® Matt. It’s such a versatile colour so we knew it would work with whatever direction that the contestant wanted to pursue with the house. And this choice has really elevated the style of this home and helped the house come into its own.”

Rear-extension:

After initially having their eye on using COLORBOND® steel in the colour Monument® Matt for the rear extension, Sarah and George chose instead to continue with COLORBOND® steel in Surfmist® Matt. And this is where the fun began. Rather than using the Snaplock profile on all four walls like their neighbours, Harry and Tash, they instead selected an interlocking profile in a variable seam width for the front and back walls to play with the lighter, brighter colour. Of this choice said Christine, “It was perfect for this colour since it’s the softest, and you can be really playful without overdoing it. Surfmist® Matt might be the softest colour in the palette, but it can also be the most interesting.”

Sarah and George had no idea what to expect when they made the selection but couldn’t have been more thrilled with the result. Said George, “I remember that moment distinctly when we came back from the break and walked out to see this vertical, pitched, amazing line of cladding. It was beautiful. We just stood there and took a moment to admire it.”

Interlocking profile in a variable seam width

Studio/Garage:

To allow the studio/garage spaces to blend into the background, Sarah and George chose a darker colour from the Matt range – COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt®. Christine applauded this selection as being a softer take on black and white. “The Surfmist® is absolutely stunning when it’s sitting against the Basalt®. They are really soft against each other and complement one another perfectly.” Sarah loved their modern take on monochrome: “The Block taught me very quickly that you don’t have time to muck around with decisions. We were really lucky with the monochromatic side of things - it really played to our favour when it came to the 1940s, and we just embraced it for what it was.”

In addition to referencing their monochromatic exterior colour scheme throughout the inside of their house, Sarah and George have brought the outside in by using matt surfaces throughout. “There is nothing glossy in this house” laughed Sarah.

Stay tuned for more photos of Sarah and George’s Post War beauty.

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1930’s California Bungalow

1930’s California Bungalow

COLORBOND® steel Matt helped to put a modern stamp on this popular style.
COLORBOND® steel Matt helped to put a modern stamp on this popular style.

After coming second in the House Decider Challenge, Daniel and Jade were thrilled to select House #3 – the 1930’s California Bungalow from Coburg. Although not as ornate as the 1910’s Federation home next door, this style still includes timber details and fretwork that allow the craftsmanship of the era to shine through.

Daniel and Jade had their first winning room in week #6 for their stunning, and very functional kitchen, that featured a similar colour scheme to the exterior of the home – a light and textured palette with splashes of dark tones and timber.

House #3’s winning kitchen

Familiar with COLORBOND® steel but new to the Matt range, Daniel and Jade immediately noticed the difference in the finish and couldn’t wait to get started on their exterior design.

Original 1930’s home:

Staying true to the period, the original home features a traditional corrugated roof in COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt®. Daniel and Jade also included awnings made from COLORBOND® steel in Monument® Matt and painted the gables and fretwork this colour to match. These two darker tones provide a stunning contrast against the light-coloured weatherboard cladding.

COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant Christine McCoy, loves this palette: “It has beautiful characteristics right from the start, with the gables, fretwork and high ceilings. The use of COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt plays homage to the era, adding a nice solid look and really accentuating the front of the building.”

Rear-extension:

To decide on the palette for their rear-extension, Daniel and Jade met with Christine to discuss their options. “It was so helpful” said Jade of the meeting. “Christine came along with a bag of goodies and a mood board that she set up to show us, which was really, really helpful.”

The couple decided to extend the weatherboard cladding onto the rear-extension as well, and added custom detailing made from COLORBOND® steel in Monument® Matt to once again provide a contrast against the light walls. This continuation also tied the extension seamlessly to the original house. Said Jade, “We didn’t sway from the original picture that we were given which had included darker colours and tones for the house. We really liked them and being in the middle and having such a large frontage on our house we had to stand out. The darker COLORBOND® steel Matt colours have helped us do just that.”

Their rear extension also included a roof made from COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey in a 25mm Snaplock profile with a 325mm pan.

Daniel and Jade met with COLORBOND® steel’s Christine McCoy

Studio/Garage:

Daniel and Jade chose a much darker palette for the studio/garage, selecting COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® for the roofing, cladding and garage door. Again, the 25mm Snaplock profile with a 325mm pan was used for the roofing and walling.

Of their overall colour palette, the couple was really pleased with the darker highlight colours and how well they were able to bring the outside in. “We used black accents throughout the home as well in the form of sheer curtains and other fixtures - a lot of black touches to bring the black from the outside into our home rather than choosing brass or a stainless steel” said Jade.

We can’t wait to see more of Daniel and Jade’s 1930’s bungalow. Check back soon for more photos.

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1910’s Federation House

1910’s Federation House

COLORBOND® steel in Dune® Matt added a warm touch to this stunning period home.
When Luke and Jasmin selected the oldest house, they knew that they would have their work cut-out, but the character and detailing on the 1910’s Federation were too lovely to overlook. “We chose this house because we loved the character of the home and we felt that it was the best fit for Brighton” said Jasmin. She continued, “We also loved that it looked quaint and small from the front which was quite deceptive because out the back it is not small at all!”.  Their Federation home is typical of the period,

When Luke and Jasmin selected the oldest house, they knew that they would have their work cut out, but the character and detailing on the 1910’s Federation were too lovely to overlook. “We chose this house because we loved the character of the home and we felt that it was the best fit for Brighton” said Jasmin. She continued, “We also loved that it looked quaint and small from the front which was quite deceptive because out the back it is not small at all!”.

Their Federation home is typical of the period, where a growing pride in the Australian identity came through in the design and detailing of new homes – showing up on ceiling panelling and cornices, and front gables. COLORBOND® steel Matt has been used throughout their build to add a beautiful texture and depth of colour to the exterior of their home, and clearly link outside to inside.

The stunning COLORBOND® steel in Dune® Matt roof

Original 1910’s home:

The front façade of House #4 is typical of the decade which included steeply pitched roofs and front gables – making it the most visible roof from the street in the collection of The Block houses. To keep with the period, COLORBOND® steel in a corrugated profile was selected for the roof in the colour Dune® Matt. Of this choice, COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy said, “COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Dune® works gorgeously on any heritage house. And there is such a beautiful cut to the house - you can see it really well from the street.”

Rear-extension:

The majority of the extension is clad in brick, but The Block Architect, Julian Brenchley chose to clad the front wall between the old house and the extension in COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® (in a 25mm Snaplock profile with a 325mm pan). This combination gives a nod to the modern rear of the house, and the moody Monument® Matt colour adds a modern component to the more traditional dark brick.

After consulting with judge Darren Palmer, Luke and Jasmin chose to continue with COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Dune® for the roofing of the extension.

Studio/Garage:

In their consultation with Darren, Luke and Jasmin also selected COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® for the roofing, cladding and garage door of the studio/garage space. The same 25mm Snaplock profile with a 325mm pan was continued on this building as well – a combination that allows for this structure to settle well into the background of the property.

House #4’s winning Master Ensuite

Describing the style of the house as their take on the Hamptons, Jasmin said of the exterior palette “What we went for was very white-on-white with beautiful brass and timber accents to warm it up so that it didn’t feel too cold. We then added some dark and black accents as well, for a bit of a pop and wow!”. This stunning colour scheme was demonstrated beautifully in their Master Ensuite (pictured above) which landed the couple their first winning room win in week #4*.

Christine also loved the continuity of colour and texture that Jasmin and Luke have used to bring their exterior palette together – in particular the use of a paint colour that matched their COLORBOND® steel in Dune® Matt roof for the decorative pieces on their front gable. Said Christine, “The softness of this colour really talks to the timber finishes used, and you get the warmth straight away. It answers outside to inside perfectly”.

We can’t wait to see more of their house as the season unfolds.

 

*Luke and Jasmin won the judges score for week #4 but tied with Jimmy and Tam who used their bonus point gnome to make it a draw.
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1950’s Mid-Century Modern

1950’s Mid-Century Modern

COLORBOND® steel in Shale Grey™ Matt elevates this 1950’s beach shack.
COLORBOND® steel in Shale Grey™ Matt elevates this 1950’s beach shack.

Starting their journey with a bang, House #5’s Jimmy and Tam won the House Decider Challenge and selected the “newest” house on the block – the 1950’s Mid-Century Modern. The QLD couple were thrilled when they won the initial challenge and got to pick the house that they had their eye on. “We were so stoked when we got it” said Tam. She continued, “It’s very different to the other houses. It’s quite eye catching, and it really stands out from the rest.”

House #5’s winning Beach Box

They have since gone onto win week #1’s Guest Bedroom and week #2’s Guest Ensuite and tied with Luke and Jasmin in week #4 to win Master Ensuite week. Envisioning a modern take on a 1950’s beach shack, COLORBOND® steel Matt has been used across majority of the build to help bring their vision to life.

Original 1950’s house:

The original house features a statement-making skillion roof and varying rooflines which were very common in this period of architecture. COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey was chosen for the roofing to enhance the coastal style of this house. Of this selection said COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant Christine McCoy, “When you see this style of house you think “Beach Shack” which is why COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey Matt works so well.”

COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™ roof

A traditional corrugated profile was used for most of the roofing, but the Skillion roof uses a 38mm Snaplock profile with a 190mm pan for the 1-degree pitch section.

Rear-extension:

After consulting with The Block architect Julian Brenchley, Jimmy and Tam decided to use a combination of COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Shale Grey (in a 38mm Snaplock profile with a 190mm pan) and light brick for the cladding on their rear-extension. This part of the build includes some unusual and complex rooflines which are highlighted by the continuation of Shale Grey Matt for the roofing.

The couple were thrilled with the result. “When we left for the COVID break, it was literally the TRUECORE® steel frame out the back, and then when we came back it was fully bricked, with the COLORBOND® steel cladding. The angle of the brick with the COLORBOND® steel Matt cladding was perfect. It just blew us away seeing that completed” said Jimmy.

Studio/Garage:

After finding out that Julian considers COLORBOND® steel in Basalt® Matt the ‘shadow’ colour to COLORBOND® steel in Shale Grey Matt, House #5 selected this for the roofing and cladding of their studio/garage space and their garage door. To ensure that the line of studio/garages looked cohesive along the laneway, a 25mm Snaplock profile with a 325mm pan was chosen for the profile.

Christine loves the way that Jimmy and Tam have stayed true to the 1950’s era of their original house, and also incorporated elements of the traditional Australian beach shack saying, “It really is the answer to the Mid-Century Californian look and lifestyle.”

Jimmy and Tam have enthusiastically taken on the era of the original house and plan to continue this into the new parts of the build as well. Says Tam, “We want to stick to the 1950’s theme. Some of the other houses have stopped this as soon as they’ve gone into the new part of the house, but we want ours to flow on throughout the whole house, and also into the exterior as well.”

Check back soon for more photos of House #5’s Mid-Century beach home.

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The versatility of COLORBOND® steel Matt

COLORBOND® steel Matt

A striking array of profiles and colours were selected for this seasons homes.
COLORBOND® steel Matt

Each of the homes in this season of The Block incorporates a variety of COLORBOND® steel Matt roofing and cladding. COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy worked closely with The Block architect Julian Brenchley and each team to ensure that the recurrence of the material looked cohesive across the development and connected with the era of each individual home.

The stunning neutrality of the COLORBOND® steel Matt range

Establishing the colour palette for each house was simple, but considered said Christine. “The COLORBOND® steel Matt range is so lovely and neutral that the colours are almost a palette in themselves. And combined with the Matt finish, it really elevates the build. The way the Matt surface diffuses light accentuates the perfect lines of each roofing and cladding profile.”

COLORBOND® steel Matt accentuates the perfect lines of a profile

In addition to colour, the profile selection for each section of the build was an equally important consideration noted Christine: “The profile selections needed to ensure that the original houses paid homage to their heritage, while also incorporating a more modern aesthetic for the extensions and studio/garages.”

A traditional corrugated profile was used on the roofing for all original houses

A traditional corrugated profile was selected for the roofing on all of the original homes*. This nod to the past was complemented by the more contemporary Snaplock profile that was used on the roofs and walls of all of the extensions, except for House #2, where, to play with the lighter, brighter colour of COLORBOND® steel Surfmist®, an Interlocking profile with variable seam widths was chosen for the wall cladding. Of this choice said Christine, “It was perfect for this colour since it’s the softest, and you can be really playful without overdoing it. Surfmist® Matt might be the softest colour in the palette, but it can also be the most interesting.”

The Interlocking profile with variable seam widths featured on House #2

The Snaplock profile was also chosen for the roofing and wall cladding on all of the studio/garages to ensure a cohesiveness between the extensions and the rear buildings.

The format of the build this year allows for each home to include some really traditional lines with a modern interpretation behind the original houses. Says Christine, “It’s a great combination and really shows how adaptable and versatile COLORBOND® steel Matt is.”

Old meets new on House #5

Architectural Cladding Suppliers (ACS) fabricated all of the roofing and walling sheets made from COLORBOND® steel Matt and were pleased when Les Clarke, the owner of LCS Plumbing was contracted to complete the installation of the cladding, roofing and gutters.

“Baptism by fire” is how Les Clarke laughingly described his experience working on The Block this year. He went on to explain that this was by far the largest cladding installation his company had ever undertaken. “In the end I think it was about 1,300 square metres of cladding. It is the biggest job we have completed cladding-wise and it was pretty hectic given the timeframe you have to complete the work.”

In addition to tight timings, another challenge faced by Les and his team was the interlocking profile in a variable seam width on House #2. “It was very difficult” said Les. "We literally had to write it all out and draw it on the walls before we started installing the panels.” Thankfully the extra time was worth it. “It looks pretty incredible and the team in House #2 were absolutely thrilled – they couldn’t believe how good it looked” said Les.

In order to ensure that the COLORBOND® steel Matt cladding that ACS fabricated looked flawless once installed, Les and his team had a meticulous job to complete. One of the key things they wanted to get right was ensuring that the roof to wall transitions on the extension and studio/garages was seamless. Said Les, “You need to make sure that it doesn’t look like it has been stopped and started. It should look like it continues on and it’s all streamlined.”

The continuous line from roofing to walling gives a seamless finish

The Block architect Julian Brenchley is really pleased with how the exterior of each home has come to life. “There’s an interesting mix of colours and profiles” he said. “With so many profiles, colours and textures available, it was important to consider how the choice of profile, colour and texture will have an overall impact on the play of light across these builds. The selections we’ve made this season do create an interesting composition and give a unique difference to each house.”

Christine agrees. “We wanted to ensure that there was a flow to the colour palette from the front to the back of each house, and also as a whole across the development. I think we’ve captured this, and they all look really beautiful.”

Ensuring that the colours and profiles all worked together was essential

 

*In addition to the corrugated profile, House #5 also incorporated a section of Snaplock with a 190mm pan for the 1-degree pitch section.

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Inspired by The Block

The Block inspired colour palettes

We’ve created a series of flatlays – each drawing inspiration from this season’s stunning homes.
Christine McCoy

Flatlays are an essential tool in any designers toolkit, and in celebration of this season of The Block, COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant, Christine McCoy has created five of them – each inspired by one of the period houses.

Palette inspired by House #1

House #1 – 1920’s Art Deco, Hollywood Style
The roof colour for this period home is COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt – a colour that lends itself to being used in highly contrasted combinations – in this instance with chalky white coloured walls, deep charcoal coloured details and marble. It’s a wonderful combination, drawing inspiration from an era of glamor and extravagance. The flatlay inspired by this home includes the COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt roofing, some matt bricks from Austral’s La Paloma range, the gloss of a tessellated black tile and the luxurious look and texture of marble - which are all so reminiscent of the very best of the Art Deco period. It’s deceptively simple palette, and stunningly elegant!

 

Palette inspired by House #2

House #2 – 1940’s Post-War
In contrast to House #1, the 1940’s Post-War home comes from a much less glamourous period. To achieve a ‘bridge’ between this home’s history, and a more modern, warmer style that works beautifully today, a softer, paler, COLORBOND® steel Surfmist® Matt was selected for the roofing. In the flatlay, Christine has chosen to complement this COLORBOND® steel Surfmist® Matt with reclaimed bricks from Austral’s San Selmos range – showing how the façade can retain some of the features which tell the story of the period. Christine then added colour, and some warmer timber details, pale greys and earthy textures. This combination of textures and colours creates a look that is both connected to the home’s roots yet is inspiring in a contemporary context. We love it.

 

Palette inspired by House #3

House #3 – 1930’s California Bungalow
Hailing from one of the most decorative eras, and perhaps, also one of the most endearing period styles comes House #3, and the flatlay inspired by  this home started with the COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt roofing. From this bold beginning, COLORBOND® steel Monument® was then added as a colour that can really effectively highlight sections of the house. From there, the use of concrete tiles, terrazzo pavers, timber for the decking and darker brick, like the Austral La Paloma, help give the home a stylish and modern interpretation of the 1930’s.

 

Palette inspired by House #4

House #4 – 1910’s Federation
In contrast to the 1930’s California Bungalow, House #4’s Federation home has a COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt roof, to bring a really modern warmth to the façade, and add an elegant and more natural aesthetic to the palette as a whole. In the flatlay you can see how the softness of COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt has been used to inspire a combination of materials, textures and colours - with red brick, limestone pavers and Australian Beech timber selected to enhance the warm undertones.

 

Palette inspired by House #5

House #5 – 1950’s Mid-Century
Sitting on the corner of the street, the 1950’s Mid-Century home has the opportunity both to stand out from the crowd, and to set the scene for what lies beyond it in the group of five homes. COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™ Matt was chosen for the roofing to showcase the coastal inspiration drawn from homes Brighton location. Being a lighter colour, this partners beautifully with stronger accents such as COLORBOND® steel Basalt® which Christine has included in the flatlay as a trim colour. The palette was completed using sand coloured bricks (Austral slimline designer bricks), pebbles and crushed sandstone to add a retro landscaping feel, and a native or cacti inspired garden - which has become a hot new trend and brings a sense of effortless style and sass. 

 

As demonstrated through these flatlays, each of the five houses have very different looks. All are beautiful examples of how working with textures and palettes can yield an overall aesthetic that is both connected to the original period of the home, but modern and individual at the same time.

Darren Palmer and Christine McCoy
Colour Palettes

Read The Block judge, Darren Palmer's, tips for how to create a colour palette for your home. 

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The #COLORBONDcreators series gives us the opportunity to share the stories of some amazing people creating stunning builds featuring COLORBOND® steel. In each story, we get behind the scenes of the build to get an insight into how these individuals brought their design ideas to life, their colour stories, key challenges and helpful tips when building.

We have Bec and George Douros who have chosen COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt for their duplex conversion, David Barbour (The Block’s co-creator and Executive Producer) and his beautiful beachside home featuring COLORBOND® Ultra steel in the colour Windspray®, The Designory, a design firm who have incorporated COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt into their stunning Byron Bay Villa, Kyal and Kara building their dream family beach house with COLORBOND® Ultra steel in Dune® and Natalee Bowen, interior designer and owner of Indah Island renovating a stunning farmhouse in Toodyay – a rural township located an hour north-east of Perth.

We hope these stories inspire you and help you with your next build!

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Read below to see what our Design and Colour Consultant Christine McCoy has to say about COLORBOND® steel colours and textures
Christine McCoy

Christine’s passion for colour and design is evident in everything she touches, and she has been particularly pleased with how the colours and textures on The Block come together this year. She has also really enjoyed the development of the latest ‘Make it Yours’ video series with Darren Palmer.

Christine’s top tips for anyone considering the colour and texture palette for their home are:

  1. Think about the ‘whole story’ for the palette for your build. Then start by choosing the fixtures and fittings that work with your story and are hardest to change down the track.
  2. Think about the light and how it changes, and how this impacts the colours through the day.
  3. Recognise that all colours appear differently from one location to another and all colours are different depending on their texture. So, viewing onsite is paramount.

And, if you’re looking for some early inspiration, Christine suggests starting with textures and colours drawn from nature – “warm, earthy colours combined with matt finishes will not only look wonderful now, but stand the test of time”. 

Christine’s favourite images from our photo gallery are COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™ in LYSAGHT SPANDEK® profile (Image (12) by Cohen Leigh Architects) and COLORBOND® steel Monument® in LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® profile (Image (57) by Kane Architect) because both show colour and form, and innovative uses of COLORBOND® steel.

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