It’s a well-known real estate rule – kitchens sell houses.
A kitchen is also the beating heart of any home - which makes this one of the most crucial rooms on The Block.
There is so much to look forward to when it comes to kitchen week…
Will there be a spectacular butler's pantry?
What will the island look like?
Will it be an entertainer's kitchen?
Which new appliances are elevating the market?
While there was certainly a lot to love this week - there were a few kitchens that just had that 'wow' factor ...
When a kitchen is named “one of the most beautiful kitchens ever produced on The Block” it would be easy to assume that the kitchen would win the week, and yet that was not the case.
Despite the odd judging scores I think Jess and Norm were the absolute standout this week, with a truly stunning kitchen.
Let's start with the gorgeous mushroom-coloured floor-to-ceiling cabinetry with a shaker profile - this added even more light to the room, flowing beautifully from the living space and complimenting the white drapery.
The beautiful marble bench top added a new level of luxury along with the black tap-wear and an enormous butler’s pantry - with another double sink and wooden shelf detail.
Even the choice of flowers in this room adds a touch of lux - the beautiful shades of pink gave the room a wonderful layer of warmth.
What is truly evident is how much this entire space is connected, light and luxurious, exactly what you would expect from a St Kilda penthouse.
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While a very different style, I also loved Bianca and Carla's kitchen this week.
To start with, the kitchen ties in beautifully while the rest of their space.
In fact consistency is something these girls have in spades - giving a clear vision of who the target market is.
The floor to ceiling cabinets are beautiful, and I loved that there was a mix of colours, maintaining a balance between light and dark.
The study nook is a lovely touch, it's clear that the girls are looking to attract a corporate buyer and their styling is very much on the mark.
I also loved the choice of lighting; the pendants are stunning and really compliment the style of the kitchen.
So what about the winners?
It feels like this room is a battle between style and appliances - which raises the question, what is more important?
No doubt there were a lot of bells and whistles in Kerrie and Spence's apartment - top-of-the-range Gaggenau appliances, a hidden range-hood and some truly incredible Sub Zero fridges.
The styling of the island had a lovely homely touch with cook books, fresh leek and garlic - I also loved that there were 4 chairs sitting around the island which makes for a very inclusive feel when entertaining guests.
But despite some truly impressive gadgets and gorgeous finishes - the room feels very dark, especially when comparing it to the 2 penthouses.
There is simply too much of the dark timber, which creates quite a sombre tone for a room that is designed to be the liveliest.
Still ahead ...
With hallway, laundry and powder room the end seem very near, and still oh so far ...
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