Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block
TENSIONS are high as The Block's teams reach the halfway mark in their renovations.
Couples continued to dob each other in for noise complaints as they raced to finish their living and dining spaces.
There was also fighting within the teams as Ben and Andy over the size of their dining table and Julia left The Block entirely for a few days, leaving Sasha to continue work on their room.
Dan and Carleen came out on top, winning their second room reveal so far.
The Baby Boomers used the bonus point they won in a recent challenge to secure the $10,000 prize for their budget.
They were praised for marrying contemporary style with art deco references and for using the large open space well with their choice of furniture.
"It's not the living/dining space I expected from Dan and Carleen," judge Neale Whitaker said.
"It's got a very different vibe. It's actually feeling quite luxe and glamorous. They've taken the deco theme and turned up the dial.
"If you're a young professional and a very design savvy buyer then you're going to appreciate this.... to think just a few weeks ago I was criticising them for styling choices but look at this, even the candle is just right."
The judges also liked their round dining table, which comfortably sat eight people.
"It's beautiful," Shaynna Blaze said. "It's an eight-seater and there's a lot more room around it (than Will and Karlie's dining table)."
Despite their disagreements, Julia and Sasha finished in second place and would have tied Dan and Carleen for first if the bonus point hadn't been used.
"I think they've created the type of apartment we said we were looking for at the beginning of this series," Whitaker said.
"I wanted to see an apartment that had references to art deco that was still a contemporary and luxurious apartment. I feel like I'm standing in that apartment now."
The couple's city views through an expanded window, which came at the expense of compromising with their neighbours Kim and Chris, also didn't go unnoticed.
"That big view that puts a whole new perspective on this space," Whitaker said.
Ben and Andy couldn't back up their perfect score from last week and finished third. Despite some practical issues the judges saw the potential in their living room as a blank canvas for buyers.
"I think they could be in danger of slightly overdoing the big artworks, but I actually like the feel in here; I like the palette," Whitaker said.
Shaynna Blaze pointed out some of their furniture, including their dining chairs, weren't high-end enough for potential buyers.
"Standing here I just feel like the chairs of the dining table and these types of couches don't make it feel high end. They need to be more luxe couches that are softer," she said.
"They've come a long way and they research and they listen. If they take this on board to soften the edges then they'll end up with a really great living space."
Kim and Chris, who have yet to win a room, finished fourth and were slammed by the judges for an overwhelming living room with too much brick.
"I just feel they have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into this room," Whitaker said.
"I honestly don't know where to look. There is so much happening in this room."
Darren Palmer agreed and pointed out her concern the style of the living and dining rooms felt country.
"In Port Melbourne on the top floor in what is basically a penthouse with city views we have a country house interior. Is that consistent?" he said.
Queenslanders Will and Karlie felt the sting of finishing last for the first time.
While the judges liked their consistent colour palette and their unique artwork, a photograph of a clock that was used in the building when it was a soap factory, their choice and placement of furniture let them down.
"I am feeling so incredibly hemmed in here. How much furniture can we squeeze into this space?" Whitaker said.
"For me (the cladding of the pole) doesn't work. I don't understand why it had to be that size.
"They've got to remember the person who eventually buys this apartment, yes they're going to be looking for style but they're also looking for value for money and space."
This upcoming week the teams will renovate their master bedrooms and walk-in robes.
The Block week 6 scores
Dan and Carleen: 26.5/30
Julia and Sasha: 25.5/30
Ben and Andy: 22/30
Kim and Chris: 21/30
Will and Karlie: 20.5/30