The Renovators – We Need To Talk About Kelly
“I’ve learnt through a wise man that a great way of seeing a house for the first time is to place your finger on the wall and follow the wall and while you are touching that wall as you go you can note down everything that you see,” said Kelly surfer looking dude from Lennox Head
We need to talk about this renovator/property manager from Lennox Head. He certainly is an individual, but he seems to have a hard time taking direction or working as a team.
I am hoping this is his carefully crafted persona that his is putting on for a reality TV show to ensure maximum TV time, but somehow I think not.
In this latest challenge Kelly decided he wasn’t able to attend a team meeting as he was freaking out there was dust pouring into a room – not that anyone else could see it. He said to Kathy he would be outside and stormed off. Clearly dirt wasn’t an issue as he was throwing that around everywhere.
Also if you have a dust phobia/allergy would you go on a renovation show? Maybe they need to include this on the application forms from now on. Can you hammer a nail? Can you breathe in dust?
As the episodes progress we are slowly starting to get to know some of the personalities, and the casting is a nice mix.
Tonight the two people we saw a lot of were the team capatains Kathy and the very tall Jason from WA.
The premise was two teams had to redesign and style side by side terraces in Rozelle to see who could increase the sale value the most. They were both valued at $975,000 and they had nine hours to complete the task.
The prize was the team captain got to pick a key to a house. The downside the losing captain couldn’t participate in Wednesday night’s challenge. Also they had to pick someone else to sit it out as well.
The teams got to pick themselves, and as Christie said it broke off into cliques of people who were friends. There appeared to be a good mix of tradies and designers in each team.
Daniel Grey (not sure if I got the name right) was a special guest judge. He is Australia’s answer to Jeff Lewis the star of US show Flipping Houses. Ok he is not as hysterical or rude as Jeff, but he does trades houses. He claims to renovate a house a week. This guy deserves an Order of Australia for services to stamp duty revenue.
Jason who was captain of the gold team is a wharfie who has renovated five times, and Kathy the captain of the black team was a former real estate agent and now full time renovator. She said she lived in the area so therefore knew what the buyers want.
She was doing an urban chic theme for the two bedroom terrace pitching it to a couple without kids. Which you would have to be to pay the mortgage.
Jason was having a more scatter gun approach and pitching it to DINK’s, and young families.
I thought the gold team’s house was in better knick. However both teams had rip out the kitchens with pre-designed ones ready to be installed.
There were the usual dramas:
Kathy was criticised by Barry Dubois a number of times for leaving the project to go and choose the furniture;
Lisa and Peter from team black got lost and rang in to get some help. I don’t know why she didn’t look up a map on her smart phone. She did this twice the second time was when they went in the completely wrong direction and went across the harbour bridge.
For a 47 year old Lisa is a tad dramatic. The highlight when she said to camera “I hadn’t had a drink of water in possibly in an hour, and I was panicking.”
Team captain Jason from WA, strong point is going to be the practical side not the styling as he said to Peter “how much shit did you get?”; and
It was good to see judges Robyn Holt, and Barry Dubois on location giving advice. Barry appears to be the hard arsed judge, whereas Robyn Holt sugar coats her criticism a bit more, and both gave some useful advice.
Brendan Moar, brought back the valuers through the houses, to see how much value was added.
The black team’s house was valued at $1,000,000, however the gold team was valued at $1,030,000 so Jason got pick a key to a house. I was a bit unclear on why they thought one was thought to have increased so much more than the other.
Jason picked the weatherboard at Parramatta to renovate. I don’t know why no one is going for the partially renovated house at St Peters as that looks like it has a lot of potential. I also nearly choked that a run down shop was bought for over $550,000 in Marrickville. Yes a blank canvas but a whole reconfiguration needs to occur.
Losing captain Kathy has to sit out the next challenge chose Bob to sit it out with her. Her reasoning was he had already had an opportunity to get a key to the house in the chair challenge. I was gobsmacked I would have sat out Kelly saying to give the other people a chance to perform without his strong personality interfering with the others.
Which contestants are you liking or disliking at the moment?