THE promotional trailers have made one thing clear about this year's season of Channel Nine’s The Block – the Perth couple will need all the support they can get from WA audiences.
Newly engaged and loved-up high-flyers Hans and Courtney – he’s a pilot for Virgin and she’s a flight attendant with Qantas – are true renovation rookies.
With a superficial refresh of a Dianella property the only thing they have ever attempted, they are a stark contrast to last year’s self-confessed renovation addicts Ronnie and Georgia.
“I bought a house in Dianella and we just painted the walls white, Hans put in the click-in laminate floorboards, I went and chose some tiles and we thought ‘oh my God, this is great, we love renovating!’,” Courtney said.
The couple admit their naivety was at an all-time high when they applied to be on The Block.
“We thought that in terms of difficulty, it would be about a 20 out of 10 but it was actually more like 180 out of 10,” Courtney said.
“I would have said 184,” Hans said. “In the 48-hour challenge (the first challenge of the show), we were running around doing stuff but not accomplishing anything.
“And then in the other rooms they had these huge teams, stuff’s coming down and then we look up and the guys were like ‘that ceiling has got to come down’ and I said, ‘do I do that?’ and, of course, no one answers you because