Dan and Carleen finally find success on The Block
DAN and Carleen finally have something to celebration on The Block.
The renovation show's oldest ever contestants scored their first win tonight with their stunning guest bathroom.
After struggling over the past two weeks to blend their style with art deco nods to the history of the old Port Melbourne soap factory they're helping to renovate, the baby boomers bounced back from last place to first place.
"Wow it's got such a great sense of period, but it doesn't feel like they're trying too hard," said judge Neale Whitaker, who awarded the couple the first perfect score of the season.
"It still feels modern to me. I feel like they're back on track."
Darren Palmer praised the couple for nailing the "new traditional" style he's seen recently in Milan.
"The brass is super contemporary; the black is a really nice deco nod. They've hit all the trend nods while still producing something that feels like it's from a bygone era," he said.
Finishing second by just half a point were Melbournites Julia and Sasha, who were back in top form after delivering a "soulless" guest bedroom last week.
Their seashell-shaped feature tiles in their double shower and their vanity were particular highlights.
"Last week I was kind of worried they'd lost their mojo," Whitaker said.
"Styling-wise the girls have really nailed it this week."
Queensland lovebirds Will and Karlie, who won last week's room reveal, finished third with their glamorous bathroom featuring a mixture of paneling and tiles.
"It's so glamorous," Shaynna Blaze said.
"It feels great. These kids have style. I think they've got really good taste, a really good eye and really good style."
Ben and Andy were praised for their improvement over their "bachelor pad" efforts in their master en-suite.
"Wow it's definitely grown-up," Palmer said.
"It feels like it's got some heritage to it."
But the school teachers finished fourth thanks to their decision not to put a toilet in their spacious guest bathroom, assuming that guests would be happy to use the powder room down the hallway.
"It makes no sense at all to deliver a bathroom of this size with no loo," Whitaker said. "It's time to stop being rookies."
Palmer also pointed out they'll have the most bedrooms of all the apartments but the least number of bathrooms.
Parents Kim and Chris finished last after switching styles yet again in their guest bathroom, which divided the judges.
Palmer said he felt like the room was a punch in the face, while Whitaker defended their efforts even if the styling was inconsistent.
"I feel they've delivered three rooms from three totally different periods," Whitaker said.
"This apartment is in danger of becoming a museum of rooms for the ages.
"The important thing for Kim and Chris is tonight has to be their decision-making night. Tomorrow they need to pick a course that's going to be the course for the rest of their apartment."
Next week the teams will present their second guest bedrooms.
The Block week 3 scores
Dan and Carleen: 29/30
Julia and Sasha: 28.5/30
Will and Karlie: 27/30
Ben and Andy: 19.5/30
Kim and Chris: 19/30