We take a look inside the contestant's kitchen, butler's pantry and laundry rooms
Andy & Deb Kitchen Reveal
Score: 29.5/30 - winners!
Andy and Deb sure are on a winning streak. Not only did they take out a whopping $15k in extra prize money this week, they also walked away victorious after delivering a drop-dead-gorgeous kitchen, which Neale said was one of the “best he’d ever seen on the show”. The hero? That amazing light-filled void.
“Let there be light and it was delivered!” said Shaynna, looking skywards. In her opinion, the couple’s decision to decrease the size of their upstairs study in favour of knocking through the floor to create a lightwell from the roof was a stroke of genius. Thanks, Josh and Jenna, who persuaded them to go big and bold with their plans. In fact, all three judges thought the decision to include the void complemented the white cabinetry, impressive island bench and marble splashback in the kitchen perfectly, giving a sense of incredible luxury in the light-filled space.
“Your eye is drawn up immediately,” said Darren. “The effect is big, voluminous space, and vast amounts of light - it just makes this kitchen feel so grand.”
Neale agreed, saying not only is your eye drawn up, but also your heart. “Doesn’t it make you feel good?” he said.
The couple softened their space by offsetting their white cabinetry with timber tones, gold handles and styling with baskets and earth-toned crockery. The addition of those rattan stools and the pillars at the ends of the island bench gave the space a homely look, making it feel comfortable, as well as stylish.
“Instantly I feel like, ‘Yeah, I could live here,’” Shaynna said. She thought their design also worked well with the light-coloured floors, and she adored the laundry space also revealed, complete with that amazing rattan mirror.
“We always talk about the kitchen being the heart of the home and this really feels like it,” Neale said. “I am looking around me, and I can’t fault it.” Well done, guys!
Jesse & Mel Kitchen Reveal
Score: 28.5/30 - second place
Jesse and Mel created another stunning, contemporary space with their kitchen this week, which ticked all the boxes for both style and functionality. The couple chose to offset their stunning herringbone parquetry floor with dark-hued cabinetry, a large, white island bench with Ceasarstone top, and an illuminated marble base and mirrored kickers. They placed their stovetop opposite, allowing ample food preparation area and giving them the space to put their sink - complete with black tapware - on the island.
The bold, stylish island was accentuated by the placement of black rattan stools, and a large statement LED light, which made everything feel very modern and very luxe. They chose to accentuate their brass-inlaid doors with brushed steel handles, which worked extremely well to tie everything together and matched the heritage details carried through in the rest of their home.
Darren loved everything about it. “I like this a lot,” he said. “I like the colour scheme and I love this laminate - I think it looks very timber-like.” He thought the oak-colouring worked well with the timber flooring. “Sometimes people are afraid to mix timber types, but this is how you do it,” he added.
Shaynna loved the fact the couple decided against using a bank of ovens in favour of a 900mm version, something Jesse had insisted on when they were designing their space.
“It also has a spit-roast in there,” he added.
They all thought the space - which included a small butler’s pantry - was great in terms of functionality. “This seems to be very well thought-through,” Neale said. And we agree - well done, guys!
Tess & Luke Kitchen Reveal
Score: 27.5/30 - third place
Tess and Luke really needed to impress the judges this week - and they did just that, producing a stunning, contemporary kitchen, complete with enormous island bench. Coming in at four metres in size, as Neale pointed out, “it needed its own postcode!” But it did the job and helped deliver a space that had inescapable “wow” factor, with all the judges agreeing there “very moody, very St Kilda” kitchen ticked all the boxes.
Shaynna was a particular fan of the timber-look cabinetry the couple used above the stove, which had ingenious touch-technology, designed so the cupboards rise automatically when touched and close with a button.
The dark timber of their statement cabinetry worked well with the charcoal and concrete-look splashback and black tapware, which complemented the dark timber floors and chocolate-coloured cabinetry.
“I think it’s pretty magnificent,” Neale said. “What I love about this kitchen is that it feels really contemporary, but classic at the same time. It’s kind of timeless.”
This effect was achieved by twinning contemporary elements like the cabinetry with things like the couple’s choice of artwork, which leant the space a softness and prettiness. Three timber chairs beneath the bench also softened the space and added much-needed functionality - something the judges felt was lacking in Mitch and Mark’s kitchen, which didn’t have the option for in-kitchen dining.
They also liked the couple’s decision to combine a laundry with the Butler’s pantry, essentially doubling its usability. “I can’t imagine someone walking into this kitchen and not loving it,” Neale said. And we agree! When can we come over for dinner?
Mitch & Mark Kitchen Reveal
Score: 26/30 - fourth place
Mitch and Mark dialled up the glamour in their luxurious kitchen, serving up a simply stunning space that wowed the judges right from the word go. The boys’ kitchen included a gorgeous backlit splashback, illuminated island bench, dark timber floors and stunning navy blue statement cabinetry, which worked beautifully against the grey and white hues of their main cupboards and brushed steel fixtures and fittings.
“Look at all the light that comes from that stone!” Shaynna exclaimed upon stepping inside. “That looks absolutely spectacular.”
But the illumination didn’t stop there - the boys’ also included three “virtual windows” on the adjacent wall, essentially lightboxes configured to give the illusion of open space via a window. With the touch of a button, the light could be adjusted to different “daytime/nighttime” levels.
This divided the judges, with Darren saying he liked the use of sheer curtains in front of them but wasn’t 100 per cent convinced on the addition. Shaynna thought it was “tacky.”
But though they didn’t all agree on this element, all thought Mitch and Mark delivered an exceptional, and most importantly functional, kitchen and butler’s pantry space - complete with guest chef, Adam D’Sylva!
Adam, who popped by for the day to show the judges around the pantry, said he’d love to have a kitchen like the one they’d created, which included that entertainer’s butler’s space complete with stunning artwork.
“It’s got inescapable wow factor,” said Darren. And we agree - we love it! Now, what time’s dinner, Adam?
Matt & El’ise Kitchen Reveal
Score: 23.5/30 - fifth place
Way back in week one, Matt and El’ise won that amazing Gaggenau prize. And this week their kitchen was stacked full of the state-of-the-art equipment. Pride of place? That amazing wine fridge, standing proud amongst the sage-hued cabinetry.
Neale loved it instantly, saying, “This is a serious wine-lovers kitchen.”
All three judges also loved the integrated double fridge, which popped open at the touch of the door. Opposite this amazing fridge, the couple placed a sizeable island bench, which not only sported a sink - complete with black tapware - but also a state-of-the-art cooktop and that amazing concrete-look induction range hood.
“That is a serious luxury,” Neale said. “This looks slick - and I love the palette.”
Over on the other wall, the couple maxed-out the luxurious look with a bank of cream cabinetry, complete with two ovens, a microwave and coffee maker. They also included a timber-inlaid nook, which had stacks of functionality.
This stylish side of the kitchen tied in beautifully with their Caesarstone benchtop and the sage cabinetry, which then played beautifully with their decision to place four gorgeous green stools beneath the bench.
The couple also hung a gorgeous statement light, which tied everything together, creating a lovely contemporary space sure to appeal to a multitude of buyers. Though the judges thought it lacked a little in useable bench space, especially as the couple decided to incorporate their laundry into the “butler’s pantry” space, they all agreed this was one seriously gorgeous looking kitchen. We adore it - well done, guys.
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