Every year when The Block airs, I feel a huge pressure to post regular updates about the show, afterall its our genre with both building and interior decoration, but there are big reasons why I resist. Believe it or not, I have considered entering to be on this show and other renovation shows, it is tempting to use our skills to our advantage, however a quick chat with The Builder and we’ve put that idea to bed well and truly. Let me be clear from the outset, I do not hate this show, I actually think there is real value given to the industry here.
The Block & Why I Don’t Watch
First and foremost, in this time in our lives, I strongly dislike constant criticism. (even though I am ironically criticising the show as we speak :)) Week after week, the contestants work long, grueling hours in an industry for the most part they have no experience in, to create a room to the best of their ability. I don’t feel it is healthy that this is presented as a competition.
Now I understand that the competitors know what they are getting themselves in for when the sign up for the show, but I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it must be for them to put all that hard work in only to be told it’s no good. While interior design and building are professional industries, personal opinion is also very important.
Lack Of Support
I have gleamed from the commercials this year, that there have been some pretty big mistakes made already, which I think are common mistakes for people who are not from the industry. I wonder if there is enough support for the contestants? To see tiles being torn off and flooring being ripped up, is such an unnecessary waste that could easily be avoided with more guidance and support.
Quality V’s Time
So much of what is presented in the show, is just not possible within the time constraints presented. Let me be clear, there is no way you can complete a bathroom renovation in one week! And believe me, you don’t want to live in a home that has a bathroom renovation that was completed in a week. Quality takes time and it takes money. What you see on The Block, is false representation of what is possible. For example, it is very unsafe for several tradespeople to work in the same space at the same time. Imagine the electrician work while the plumber is also in the same room, that’s a potentially deadly combination. Quality work takes time.
Let me stress again, I can see the value of a show like The Block. It is a great source of design inspiration, is showcases what is fashionable right now. There are times when it can be an encouraging space and it is wonderful to see the contestants go on and do other things within the industry after the show has ended. It is just not a show for me.
Do you enjoy reality t.v? Would you like to be a contestant on The Block?