Renovation rookies hit The Block.
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 they’re not allowed to help or give hints.”
But The Block host Scotty Cam was quick to dismiss any suggestions Hans and Courtney would let WA Blockaholics down in the 14th season of the show.
“They were certainly novices when they went in and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as a WA viewer about how it pans out toward the end,” he said.
“There are some ups and downs, there’s no doubt, but 100 per cent WA’s got to get behind them.”
This year’s competition also sees what Scotty once described as “a bit of a meth house” completely transform under the hands of the contestants.
The Gatwick Private Hotel was designed by Harry Raymond Johnson and built in St Kilda.
The Fitzroy Street icon was executed in a restrained Spanish Mission style and opened its doors in 1937.
It fell into a state of disrepair over the years and was sold to Channel Nine in 2017.
“It was the biggest construction that we’ve ever done and we put another level on as glass penthouses, so it was an enormous effort,” Scotty said.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are, how prepared you are, you can’t prepare for The Block,” Courtney said.
The Block starts this Sunday, August 5, at 7pm on Channel Nine.
Scotty Cam with The Block 2018 WA contestants Hans and Courtney.