Seasoned renovators and interior designers, Mitch and Mark came back to The Block this season as part of the ‘Faves’ team along with House #1’s Ronnie and Georgia. Known for their bright, bold style on The Oslo in 2019, this season has revealed the versatility of the couple after they were assigned to the Federation style cottage by the ‘Fans’ teams in a bid to throw the powerhouse duo into unknown territory.
However, the joke has ended up being on the ‘Fans’ teams with the Sydney-based couple picking up their first room win in week #2 (for their Guest bathroom). Says Mark, “We were known for bright, bold colour on The Oslo and most people thought that was our signature style, but that was actually the first time we’d done that! As interior specialists, we are versatile and aim to reflect the lifestyle of an area and the personal style of the owners.”
It's this understanding of a suburb and its residents that lead the Sydney-based couple to pursue a softer, classic style for their house, that pays tribute to the bayside locality of Hampton and the family friendliness of the area.
Some elements of the Federation façade such as the windows and stained glass have been retained by the couple, but others like heavy brick walling have been replaced with more contemporary materials to bring the house into the modern day.
Mitch and Mark also decided early on to reconfigure their house and carport layout, to be a house with an attached garage – an adjustment that they know will be more sought after by family buyers. This change to the structure was applauded by COLORBOND® steel Colour and Design Consultant Ali Fenton, who met with the pair to discuss their exterior palette. Says Mitch of the meeting, “The consult with Ali was great, and her knowledge of the product options and features was brilliant, it really helped us in our decision making”.
The couple chose COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® to bring a grounding element to their soft, pale palette. Of this choice says Ali, “The colour works beautifully with the standing seam style profile that has prominent ribs at 38mm high that run from the peak of the roof toward the street. This creates an attractive and dominant visual element against the more gently textured layout of weatherboards and shuttered windows below. To make the roof a feature like this was a clever choice that only contestants with Mitch and Mark’s vast experience would have identified as an opportunity.”
The Block Architect, Julian Brenchley also worked with Mitch and Mark on their palette and was very pleased with their selections. “COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® for the roof really tends towards that slate kind of colour that goes so well with the heritage composition. They really made it into a home, by their outstanding colour choices outside, that coupled with the beautiful oak tree in front creates a tasteful house, that you would love to come home to.”
Knowing the importance of creating a seamless flow from outside to inside, Mitch and Mark took inspiration from the colours used in the original leadlight front doors and windows to inform the palette for their home. Starting with the exterior, the weatherboard cladding is painted a very pale green, which is complemented with a soft dusty pink front door. Inside, these colours have been reflected throughout their house with tile selections in the bathrooms, soft furnishings in the bedrooms and cabinetry and feature walling finishes in the kitchen. Throughout the interior and exterior, they have also used a blend of pale neutrals and gentle whites to offset these soft hues, and create a sophisticated and soothing space from outside to in.
While Mitch and Mark count down the days until The Block Auction, they are keeping busy back in Sydney renovating a three-level house they bought on the Northern Beaches. Says Mark, “The home has spectacular views over the coast, but it’s in huge need of a renovation. We want to use COLORBOND® steel on this property as we need a product that works with the environment and brings a contemporary element that blends with the coastal feel of the home”.
Check back soon for more photos of Mitch and Mark’s cottage style charmer.
House #2’s COLORBOND® steel details:
- Roofing: COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® using Architectural Cladding Systems (ACS) Snaplock Panel profile in a 290mm pan width with a 38mm rib height.
- COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Basalt® 150mm external gutter brackets and 150mm half round gutters and 90mm downpipes.