They may have lasted three months on one of the toughest work sites in history, but Perth’s Dan and Carleen Foley are not ready to stop renovating just yet.
The lifetime renovators – who walked away with $525,000 after Sunday’s Block auction – said they already had plans to renovate their holiday home, just outside of Busselton.
“It’s in our blood so we’ll see what happens,” Dan said.
“We need to do a bathroom in our place down south so that’s the next thing on the list.”
But despite honing their art deco design skills on the Channel Nine show, the couple said they weren’t going to try and emulate the style in their South West home – despite the style helping them sell the Port Melbourne apartment for $2.3 million.
At the end of the day, the couple said the style just didn’t suit a beachside property in WA’s south.
“The art deco in Melbourne is quite big – there's a lot of the heritage [of that era] was kept – and sadly in WA a lot of our heritage was bowled over,” Dan said.
“So I think the Melbourne people really appreciate their art deco.”
Carlene added: “I think it’s something that needs to suit your lifestyle”.
“It is more of a city look and not something you would take to the coast or anything like that.”
“We prefer to live most of our life on the coast, and we prefer to live most of our life on the coast and I love the art deco and it’s gorgeous for a place in the city but if you’re wanting to be more on the coast or the countryside, it probably won’t suit.”
The Block tally – Who won what
- High school sweethearts Karlie and Will were top of The Block pocketing a whopping $715,000 over reserve, selling for $2,600,000. That was enough to secure them the grand prize of $100,000 taking them to $815,000, enough to cover their upcoming wedding and honeymoon…and then some.
- Second place went to Melbourne style queens Julia and Sasha. In a theatrical auction, their apartment sold for just $10,000 less than their downstairs neighbours at $2,590,000. The jubilant duo with their glamorous Hollywood regency inspired home, were still thrilled with the result and netted $660,000 over their reserve price of $1,930,000.
- Good news doesn’t stop there. The “golden oldies” from Perth, Dan and Carleen in the third auction of the night took home a profit of $525,000 when their apartment sold for $2,300,000.
- Newcastle’s husband and wife team Kim and Chris were up next and despite a drawn out auction, achieved a massive success with their apartment reaching $2,305,000 – $425,00 profit to take home to their two young children. They now plan to buy a caravan.
- In the final auction of the night Andy and Ben – the two much-loved school teachers ‘who didn’t have a clue’ from Geelong netted a profit of $510,000 when an underbidder from a previous auction bought their apartment for $2,250,000. (They will now be able to tow Andy’s clapped-out car from the front of the building).