The Block 2021: Week 9 — Laundry, hallway and powder room reveal

Hell week has arrived! A monster week with SO much to complete, this week the couples delivered their laundry, hallway and powder room… aka hell week / hellway week.

From one team not finishing (hello lowest score of the season) to some stellar reveals, we know you’ll be as eager as we were to take a look at this week’s room reveals.

Related article: The Block 2021: Week 8 — Living and dining rooms
Related article: The Block 2020: Week 9 — Hallway, powder room and laundry reveal

Console table in hallway with skylights

Ronnie and Georgia

Elegant and sophisticated. Again! Ronnie and Georgie delivered a classic hallway bathed in natural light thanks to a string of Velux skylights. Styled to perfection with a gorgeous console table, arch mirror, hallway runner rug of our dreams, and three commissioned Australian artworks. As much as we love the look of this entrance hallway, it didn’t tick the functionality box for us. That’s a lot of unused space to heat and cool, and the glass door looking straight into the kitchen doesn’t offer privacy.

They also presented a second hallway starting with a steel-framed door separating the living area from the bedrooms. Featuring a loft storage space, accessed by a hidden pull-down ladder, it was a beauty.

As was their laundry. Stylish and pared back, it’s the epitome of understated luxury. Ronnie and Georgia clearly thought about this space in the planning stage, including the very clever addition that links the butler’s pantry to the laundry. The dream! The judges were equally as impressed.

Cost: $37,418
Score: 29 / 30 (2nd place)

Console table in hallway
Skylight hallway with artwork
Arch mirror over hallway console table
Hallway with black steel glass door
Black steel glass door and ladder to attic
White and stone laundry with timber shelf
Laundry with timber shelf

Mitch and Mark

It was always going to be a tough week for Mitch and Mark considering their only hallway is a small space separating the living and sleeping areas of the home. They didn’t have a grand entrance to work with, however they still managed to create a beautifully curated space that was well-planned and well-executed.

Thankfully their hallway styling was pared back, opting for a series of smaller artworks and hallway runner.

Moving into the laundry and it was a big tick from us. The laundry space connects to a full-sized pantry, something the judges were delighted to see (us too!) considering it was such a shock to not see it in kitchen week.

They also included a mudroom with additional storage and garage access. We love a mudroom and think this is a massive plus for Mitch and Mark’s home. Neale commented it was a, “pretty damn good [way]” to tie things together. We would love to have seen a bench seat or some sort of seating to help pop shoes on and off, but still a fab feature.

Cost: $25,092
Score: 26½ / 30 (3rd place)

Large artwork above staircase
Small hallway with artwork
Hallway with runner and artwork
Laundry with timber cabinetry and open shelf
Laundry with timber cabinetry and open shelf
Panelled laundry cabinetry
Laundry with timber cabinetry and open shelf
Storage in mudroom space

Tanya and Vito

Moving to Tanya and Vito’s place, and they zoned their spaces via a massive aluminium and glass door. It takes you past a small but functional study space with another unique built-in shelving unit and desk from this year’s risk takers.

The hallway is lined with artworks and also houses a powder room with some very Tanya and Vito choices. Another black toilet, cool teal-coloured basin and… a mirror that we’re going to add to the ever-growing list of ‘possible polarising choices from House 4’.

Their laundry ties in with their kitchen so yes that means, more pink, fluted-glass inset arches, and terrazzo. They delivered a functional space with beautiful finishes, despite being penalised from the judges for having a switchboard cover on display.

We’re curious to know… what do you think of ‘that mirror’?!

Cost: $34,138
Score: 25 / 30 (4th place)

Black framed door by study nook
Abstract shelf in study nook
Shelving in study nook
Hallway with artwork feature
Black toilet, green basin and mirror with mouth and lipstick
Stacked washer dryer in laundry
Laundry with arched fluted cabinetry and pink lowers
Pink cabinetry and black tap in laundry
Pink cabinetry in laundry

Josh and Luke

Taking on board the judges feedback from last week, Josh and Luke redesigned their living and dining spaces. It was a good call for the twins, however set them back, meaning they were unable to finish everything for laundry, hallway and powder room week. And their disappointing score reflected that.

Once again we left Josh and Luke’s spaces feeling a little confused. Looking at their home as a whole, there’s no cohesion and their styling feels all over the shop. We hope this is something they can tweak before auction day. Their hallway was a little underwhelming and that hallway runner gets a hard ‘no’ from us.

Then there’s the powder room. Looking back to their earlier bathrooms, this is a far cry from what they’ve previously delivered.

Moving into the laundry and it’s clear this is where the boys put their time and effort this week. The judges agreed, stating it was worth the trip and was a spacious, well-appointed room and deemed it one of the best the twins had delivered. 

That doormat though… talk about an assault on the eyes! We know they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel with the budget but it should never have even left the shop!

Cost: $29,504
Score: 18½ / 30 (5th place)

Simple hallway with ash timber floors
Hallway with artwork
Hallway runner rug and round mirror
Powder room with black toilet blue basin and LED pill mirror
Open shelving in laundry
Large black and white laundry
Black and white laundry
Black and white laundry

Kirsty and Jesse

Kirsty and Jesse came through with the goods this week and totally nailed it, taking out another well-deserved win. With arched doorways, traditional wainscotting and light timber flooring, it’s a well executed entrance to the ideal country-Hamptons home.

The judges were in love too, with Neale stating it’s, “so welcoming!” Features of this massively long hallway included a glass-panelled front door, built-in bench seat just inside the entrance, quirky shell chandelier, and in-floor lamps highlighting those beautiful arched doorways.

The judges also admired the powder room which was actually a full-blown bathroom — classic and timeless.

Into the laundry and we were thrilled to see those gorgeous navy cabinets with brass inserts from their winning kitchen. They also added another blue gingham wallpaper wall like their butlers pantry to create a seriously impressive laundry. We certainly wouldn’t say no to having this space in our home!

Cost: $44,428
Score: 29½ / 30 (1st place)

Hallway with arched doorways and wainscotting
Artwork in hallway with wainscotting
Hallway with arch doorways
Built-in bench seat entry
Mudroom with built-in bench seat
Built-in bench seat in hallway
Bathroom with arch mirrors and grey tiled shower
Grey tiled shower in bathroom
Round grey basin in bathroom
Navy and brass laundry
Laundry cabinetry in navy and brass insets
Laundry with navy cabinetry and brass inset
Brass inset panels in laundry cabinetry

What were your thoughts on the laundry, hallway and powder room from hell week!? Which was your favourite feature? And did your first choice come in top spot? 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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