It was a race against time as teams renovated more than 700 square meters of land during Landscape Week The block.
While the Blockheads faced the mammoth task of completing their final Room Reveal of the season, it was Tom and Sarah-Jane who proved an unstoppable duo after notching up three straight victories.
It was evident that the couple had put so much thought and effort into their space and judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker and Darren Palmer felt they demonstrated the perfect lifestyle with their outdoor space.
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1. Rusty agricultural implements as sculptures
One thing Tom and Sarah-Jane became known for is taking elements of the old and mixing them with new, which they did once again with their landscaping.
The couple decided to incorporate old rusty farm machinery found on the property earlier in the season as a decorative piece in their garden, which was a hit with the judges.
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Not only is it a cheap and effective way to design the backyard area, but it is also a great nod to the history of the home.
“So you’re really going back to the originality of what this country was,” beamed Shaynna.
Since the machines were found on the property, it really was a good way to save some money as well. It also added real personality to the space, creating a history of the home rather than going with a contemporary piece.
2. resort lifestyle
The jury felt that the eventual owner would be spoiled for choice as to how many different features, activities and zones Tom and Sarah-Jane’s landscape had to offer.
“Okay, so Tom and Sarah-Jane didn’t just create an amazing property, they created a lifestyle. They actually show us how you live in this space,” Neale said.
“It has been beautifully planned and zoned and landscaped. They’ve added so much value,” Darren added.
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From the stacked rocks and wooden beams surrounding their fire pit to the “gorgeous” entertaining area and pool, the couple have truly created a lifestyle that could appeal to a variety of buyers.
The entertainment deck in particular had everything you need for a delicious feast and pool party – ideal for entertaining friends of all ages.
It contained a pizza oven, a meat cooker and even a special place to store the log fire underneath.
As the judges moved around the property, they were stunned to discover a pony pen, chicken coop, basketball court, mini-playground, and par-3 golf course.
The house offers something for absolutely everyone.
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Mom and Dad can relax by the fire pit, the kids can spend all day in the pool or climbing on the playground equipment, older teens can play on the basketball court or get away from their parents in the hobbit cabin. It really has everything you could wish for.
After taking in all its splendor, Neale corrected his previous statement about the space that creates a lifestyle.
“I stood back there and said, ‘Tom and Sarah-Jane created a lifestyle.’ I was wrong – they created a lifestyle resort,” he confirmed.
3. Pony pin
After weeks of planning, House 1 really thought of everything when it came to their outdoor space and it was a block First.
But it was one feature that left the judges both stunned and emotional – the pony stable. It even had a pony for the reveal.
Neale thought it would offer an amazing lifestyle to a potential buyer.
“I think about how life changing this will be for everyone who buys this, for everyone who lives here, for this family. It’s a dream come true, isn’t it?” he said.
A horse stable really isn’t the addition you would see in many homes, but in Home 1 it’s definitely a standout feature.
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Even Shaynna noted that so many little girls dream of having a pony and that for some buyers with a pony in their backyard there will be a definite emotional connection to House 1.
4. Contrasting the old with the new
Tom and Sarah-Jane were commended for managing the transition between the new and old parts of the home.
The couple opted for a nice contrast between the dark and light gray trim, which Neale says worked beautifully.
He found the contrast between dark and light gray wonderfully successful.
“I just love it, I turn around [one] Away and I see a nice cottage style porch with the weatherboard and then you turn around [the other] Away and you see the complete opposite, and the effect that makes is just amazing,” he said.
They also noticed the gray and white color scheme on the facade of the old part of the house. They thought it all looked beautiful together.
“But then these big white pots just connect to the porch, which I think is really clever. So we’re seeing that connection between old and new in really subtle tones,” Shaynna said
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Blending such a modern shed into the original house was always a challenge, but Tom and Sarah-Jane proved that keeping things simple wasn’t that hard.
The contrasting colors create a really nice feeling in the house and also add a wow factor, especially compared to the rest of the stunning landscape.
5. Water games
When the judges first entered the property, they were greeted with the sound of a bubbling brook emanating from the water feature. The trio took a moment to absorb the soothing atmosphere of the room.
“That calm, that’s very Zen,” Shaynna pointed out.
Neale found the water feature to be a beautiful addition to the home’s entryway.
“The sound of that water in the stillness of that landscape is really beautiful,” he said.
A water feature isn’t for everyone, but it’s a feature that will immediately draw some buyers, that’s for sure. The soft sound is definitely a relaxing sound and will no doubt disturb some people walking through the house before auction day.
That wasn’t the only water feature the judges liked after spotting a black water fountain in their backyard.
“That’s a beautiful water feature,” beamed Shaynna.
“Even I have to admit that’s spot on,” Neale added.
The local wildlife will also enjoy having a bit of fresh water to splash around in and we can only imagine little frogs or birds enjoying these qualities as much as the owners.
Adding another creates another quiet zone in their spacious backyard plan and adds another element of interest.
There is no doubt that Tom and Sarah-Jane created a stunning landscape and that will definitely be an important factor on auction day.
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