BIG IS BEST FOR BLOCK PAIR

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It is widely be­lieved that kitchens sell houses. So Ker­rie Char­ter and Spence Thom­son are pos­i­tively beam­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a per­fect score for their lat­est room re­veal on The Block.

Their mam­moth kitchen, un­veiled in last night’s episode, is the largest ever seen on the show and cost a pretty penny, with a huge stone bench the cen­tre­piece of the space.

It is the first room at the old Gatwick build­ing in St Kilda to re­ceive a score of 30, which Char­ter said had taken the cou­ple aback.

“It was a com­plete shock, but a pleas­ant one,” she told AAA.

“We com­pletely loved our kitchen but we loved all our rooms and the judges haven’t nec­es­sar­ily agreed, so it was a sur­prise to get that per­fect score.”

Thom­son added: “It’s al­ways a nice feel­ing to win — but to get the first 10 was great, to get the sec­ond 10 was bril­liant and to get the third, we just weren’t ex­pect­ing that at all.”

Char­ter and Thom­son are well versed in ren­o­vat­ing, with the lat­ter a pro­fes­sional builder, and be­lieve their kitchen will hold them in good stead

‘If I had the money I would buy this apart­ment — that’s how much I love it.’

come auc­tion day. “They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I re­ally be­lieve that,” Char­ter said. “Ev­ery­one con­gre­gates around the is­land bench and it’s a nice place to be. I think it will help our apart­ment sell well.”

Thom­son agreed: “The No.1 thing buy­ers look at is the kitchen, fol­lowed by the bath­rooms,” he said. “If buy­ers aren’t happy with them, they are what cost the most to change, whereas other rooms are more cos­metic.”

The South Aus­tralians are thrilled with how their apart­ment is shap­ing up over­all.

“If I had the money I would buy this apart­ment — that’s how much I love it,” Thom­son said.

The Block con­tes­tants Ker­rie Char­ter and Spence Thom­son in their win­ning kitchen.

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