Anyone interested in the new series of The Block? It starts Sunday. For those that have missed the publicity, this time they are renovating period homes, which should be easier for most people to relate to than high rise apartments. The couples have apparently been encouraged to keep the heritage facades and period details while modernising. I like seeing what they do with the places, but find that the show over-eggs the "drama" and conflict.
These shows always miss the point. They focus too much on people fighting and carrying on and not enough on the house and gardens.
When we did our first reno with a builder, we knew that we wanted someone who could communicate really well as there was bound to be problems and challenges along the way. We did a lot of research about him and were reassured by a friend who had used him and recommended him. But towards the end of the project when other trades started to criticise his work we got concerned and conflict ensued. I can certainly relate to the fact that building sites can be full of drama! It just added to the tension that we were also trying to live in the home at the time!
I'll be watching from time to time. Perhaps we need a resident Blockaholic on Workshop to provide regular updates and keep us in the loop.