The Block 2021: Week 10 — Backyard and pool week

Right up there with kitchen week, the backyard and pool reveals are one of our fave weeks on The Block. This year didn’t disappoint with a three-way tie for second place… the competition was HOT. Let’s check them out!

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Deck and pool

Ronnie and Georgia

Mirroring the design and style of their entire home, Ronnie and Georgia’s backyard and pool was elegant, stylish and sophisticated.

Creating clear zones including a deck, barbecue and kitchen servery, outdoor dining space, firepit with built in seating, and (artificial) grassed play space, it was well thought out and perfectly executed. And let’s not forget about the pool. The star of the backyard, it’s a great size and sure to win the hearts of potential buyers.

The judges loved it, especially how House 1 created so many distinct zones with Shaynna stating the mature trees and washed wall make it a look like it had been there forever. Neale summed it up by saying, “It’s a stunning and saleable space that’s slick, sophisticated and low-key.”

Cost: $76,033
Score: 28 / 30 (joint 2nd place)

Deck and pool
Outdoor dining and fire pit space
Bar and built in bbq space
Side of home with grassed space
Indoor outdoor flow from living to deck and pool
Pool with view to outdoor dining
Built in seating with firewood
Outdoor lounge chairs off inside living room

Mitch and Mark

Talk about lush! Mitch and Mark’s garden looks like it’s been established for years! Bringing out the big guns, House 2 featured plenty of mature trees and plants to create a resort-like backyard.

There’s no denying they created a chic outdoor space and one that’s made for relaxation. The judges had a minor concern about whether there was enough kid play space — however that’s a concern around almost every backyard ever created on The Block, isn’t it?!

The judges were big fans of the poolside cabana complete with fridge, barbecue and dining area with plenty of seating and styled spaces (of course there were, it’s Mitch and Mark!).

Cost: $46,425
Score: 28 / 30 (joint 2nd place)

Side deck with skylights and view of pool
Small pool with greenery surrounding
Covered outdoor kitchen and bar space
View to outdoor lounge from inside of home
Outdoor kitchen and bar space undercover
Side of home with grassed area
Established trees in backyard
Seating along deck space
Side deck off bedroom with skylights
Side table and seating in garden nook
Timber lounge chairs

Tanya and Vito

The star of Tanya and Vito’s backyard and pool space was certainly their beautiful indoor outdoor transition. The deck and black framed pergola tied in beautifully with their expansive kitchen and dining area.

The pool was great with lovely plant choices that will look even better over time. They made a clever decision early on by moving the original home forward 2 metres, gaining precious space in the backyard to create a large grassed area. Call us boring, but we were pleased to see a foldable washing line in this space!

The judges said Tanya and Vito showed a useable, functional space open to interpretation but were left underwhelmed. We agreed in part, but certainly wouldn’t be mad if this was our backyard.

And just imagine standing in that pink (!) butlers pantry, gazing out your pill shaped window and seeing that lush garden and poolside view. Beautiful!

Cost: $45,005
Score: 22½ / 30 (5th place)

Deck with indoor outdoor flow
Outdoor lounge on deck with bbq
Pool with timber decking
Black framed pergola on outdoor deck
Pool with wooden deck and sun lounger
Side of home with pull up washing line
Outdoor lounge seating
Side of home with pill shaped window
Deck chair by pool with yellow foliage tree

Josh and Luke

After a few off weeks, the boys finally came through with the goods. They delivered a beautiful backyard and pool area with the judges describing it as, “…Almost Japanese [in its] simplicity.”

Featuring a long pool with arched fountains, fabulous decking, a Venetian plaster feature wall, barbecue and dining area, it’s the perfect outdoor entertaining space for House 4.

Our favourite part of the backyard was the fire pit and grassed area with fun festoon lights strung overhead. It was pared back without being boring, and had clever zones which will appeal to many come auction day.

Cost: $53,538
Score: 28 / 30 (joint 2nd place)

Outdoor deck dining space and pool
Outdoor kitchen and dining space
Pool with water feature
Fire pit with seating and festoon lighting
Side of home with long skinny pool
Sun lounger by pool
Grassed area with seating by fire pit
Large pavers stepping up to pool area
Outdoor dining space and kitchen
Outdoor bbq with built in fridge

Kirsty and Jesse

We were blown away by Kirsty and Jesse’s backyard and pool reveal this week. It was by far the biggest space… more than twice the size of some of the other homes, and the biggest backyard yard ever on The Block. But they well and truly pulled it off and took home the win for a second week in a row.

The covered pavilion area housing a huge dining table, wood-fired barbecue and smoker, fridge and pizza oven were incredible and definitely the most practical (and beautiful) of all the homes. Being undercover means the new home owners will be able to entertain in all weather conditions, year round.

Their backyard and pool space is every family’s dream. The pool is a monster, there’s a grassed area, and the arbour, limestone seating and fire pit is another great space for entertaining. They also included a secluded side garden with tiled Grafico mural which got the judges tick of approval.

And can we just say, that is by far the fanciest chicken coop we’ve ever seen! The whole garden is a triumph with the judges all in agreement that this will be, “…An agent’s delight to sell.”

Cost: $86,411
Score: 28½ / 30 (1st place)

Outdoor covered dining space
Pavers and grassed space leading up to covered cabana space
Pavers leading up to pool with fire pit seating space
Pool with sun loungers
Native plants by built in bench seat with fire pit
Covered outdoor space with skylights
Dining space with outdoor kitchen
Bronze pizza oven with flume
Hamptons style outdoor kitchen
White enclosed chicken coop
Large concrete planters with olive trees
Paving down side of house
Outdoor tile feature

What were your thoughts on the garden and pool reveals? Which was your favourite feature? And did you agree with the winning space and three-way tie!? Chat with us in the comment section below!

Be sure to check out The Block Shop if you’ve spied something you love in this week’s room reveals. And you can catch all The Block 2021 goss on the nine now official website.

All imagery by David Cook Photography

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