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The Renovators – The Eco Challenge

Tonight the challenge was to build a site office at Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre in old fashion terms, they were at the Terry Hills tip.

The office was to be made from materials found at the centre. The winning team would get the glory of having their office stay and they won solar panels for their houses.

The black team consisted of the grey, orange and khaki team, and the gold team was green, light blue, and navy blue.

A few comments on the episode:

  • Sam from the black should have pulled out her ninja detective skills when Melissa told her the gold team had already bagged some of the material. She should have wrestled her to the ground and pinned her there until the rest of the black team arrived.
  • With Sam down at the tip end of the centre and the rest of her team “designing” the office up at the site said a lot about what they think of Sam being an effective member of the team.
  • Peter gave the best line of the night when he said when pinching some styrofoam from the other team “Theirs is just going to be pulled down so what’s the point?”
  • Peter Ho injured himself when he fell in the tip with the amount of cameras out there I am surprised it was not caught on camera or they decided not to show it…
  • Also interesting that Melissa said that Jason J flips out when he is under pressure, again why are we just starting to find out about personality traits. I wish we had seen Jason in all his multi coloured talkative stressed out glory since day one of this show.
  • August was sick so was not at the challenge, unfortunately for Nathan who has been crook he could not take the time off due to him being a team of one;
  • Where did the plants come from? Were they sourced from Kimbriki?
  • It is a wonder the contestants don’t punch the judges out when they say “Are you going to insulate the ceiling?” They have five hours some corners have to be cut.
No surprise that the black team won theirs was much better and looked completed. The gold team fit out was just plain ugly. This meant the orange team, the khaki, and the grey team get solar panels for their properties.
Tonight there is a challenge where either Christie or Natalia are going to be moved to Nathan’s team. What is weird about is that why wasn’t this done a couple of weeks ago as he has done a heap of challenges by himself.



1 par3182 { 09.22.11 at 12:43 pm }

Let’s not forget the biggest screw-up – Michael facing the solar panels in the wrong direction. A major misstep in a challenge where the prize was solar panels. I thought a builder would know they have to face North.

And Christie undermining Natalia’s correct decision because the other team were doing it differently confirmed just how annoying she is.

Runner-up for quote of the night: tyre juice.

2 Maryann { 09.22.11 at 1:10 pm }

Black was a deserving winner. Gold seemed to need alot more help/direction from the judges and they didn’t finish. Luke was not a very effective leader on this occasion.

I don’t understand why Nathan couldn’t have been given another team mate ages ago. I think Nathan would prefer Natalia to Christie if he gets the choice. Natalia seems to able to get in and do most things and would like the creative freedom. He needs someone that can think outside the box as he is broke. Not sure who August would prefer to keep. But he is a strategic thinker and I think in an elimination he would prefer to be up against Christie.

3 seepi { 09.22.11 at 1:14 pm }

I am fasscinated by who goes to the khaki team – I’m thinking Christie, just judging by the kiddie furniture in the finished khaki house. I was looking for frills and bows as her influence, or nice strong scultural elements as Natalia, but didn’t see either really – which means they go to the house when it is practically done, or there is no time/money left to do anythign much.

If I were them I would rather stay at 60s house with easy going Nathan than the tiny noisy shop with August.

But I guess they have put a lot of energy into the shop.

I expected a lot more team changes in this show, which they implied early on – I guess suzanne did move and sam.

4 Renocrazy { 09.22.11 at 2:03 pm }

Agree right team won. Re comment about Sam; are you saying they don’t trust Christie either, because she was down at the tip end with Sam. Or maybe, conversely, they were the only two Natalia trusted to do the right thing when out of her sight. Maybe she needed to keep the others close to keep an eye on them. Either way Christie and Sam got all the material and all the furniture…and it worked. Which is more than can be said for the plant wall. did Natalia really believe she could build it without cladding behind it? And it was Sam’s idea to use the weatherboard while the others just stood around looking helpless and repeating ‘what can we do, what can we do’. Changing teams..what a jerk Jason is… such a spoilt child.

5 brain dead dave { 09.22.11 at 2:23 pm }

I thought having the tires around the walls was a bit of a fire hazard not to mention providing literal creature comforts for red back spiders , snakes etc.

6 Culinary Boner { 09.22.11 at 2:47 pm }

The other quote of the night was Peter saying: “I’d just put an air conditioner in, but apparently that’s not allowed.” So what are the solar panels running? The coffee urn? A couple of mobile phone chargers? Seems like an awful waste of solar panel technology if its just generating carbon-neutral energy that isn’t going to be used in the first place.

And once again a whole heap of nursery plants – including some cute little ornamental cabbages – were staked out like Vlad the Impalers victims to roast and die in the sun. Me and the other fugly old blokes at PET-NP (People for the Ethical Treatment of Nursery Plants) are planning to protest the Renovator’s wanton disregard of the basic rights of garden plants by inflicting a nude calendar on the world. That’ll learn youse.

Speaking of calendars, how far from reality was the decorating in this challenge. Most site offices I’ve been in are tastefully decorated with unwashed coffee mugs, clipboards, tabloid newspapers, a Miss October centerfold and a dodgy last edition minus one computer. These aesthetics are essential to creating the right work atmosphere. The offices last night looked instead like primary school demountables.

7 missmayqueen { 09.22.11 at 2:49 pm }

I enjoyed this episode but the contestants’ lack of knowledge of basic green/energy efficiency building design principles was astounding. “Australia’s best renovators” not sure which way to face a building and design its layout taking into account the northern/western sun and heat??? I’m sure that special green energy judge was shaking his head in disbelief. I was.

8 Culinary Boner { 09.22.11 at 3:16 pm }

missmayqueen, you are spot on about their problems with proper orientation to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter. When I were a lad they had them cool Bata Scout shoes that had a compass in the heel. Surely there must be some of these squirreled away in the Alladin’s cave that is the Renovators Roseberry Warehouse.

9 Renocrazy { 09.22.11 at 5:04 pm }

More and more we’re seeing footage of contestants slated to either make them look bad or look like super-smart, depending on who the producers want to win. We’re also seeing judges bias in how they help one group/person and deride another. They praise Peters bathroom yet his team member doesn’t get a mention although she did all the painting, cleaning, removing tiles, carrying half the stuff and co-designed the room. Every show we see every member of the teams, in the background, working their butts off yet only one team member is focused on. Jason (who I can’t stand but does usually help Luke) gets no praise for any work he does, and neither does Christie. The producers must think we all wear blinkers and can only see what they want us to see. Top Design was brilliant and clean compared to this manipulative production, at least each designer got an equal chance and equal share without favouritism.

10 Moonstruck { 09.23.11 at 1:56 am }

Well now we know why they needed to give Nathan a helper. They are going to get each team fight it out for the keys.
So why have key holders if at the last minute they will have to fight it out to keep them?
No wonder Nathan and Natalia are not happy. Nathan has had to ‘play’ while sick and now he risks losing the keys at the last minute. Natalia was key to the grey team winning a number of challengers and suddenly she is sent to a house that is pretty much done and which even if she ends up getting the keys, she can’t change.

August did the only thing he could do, got rid of a potential threat. Will be interesting to see if he ends up with the keys.

Show getting weirder by the minute.

11 seepi { 09.23.11 at 6:35 am }

August could hav done it in a nicer way though – why not let Christy choose as she won the wall challenge. Or even to say that Chrissty had earned the right to stay at the shop due to winning the wall challenge. But the way he did it was quite awkward. I don’t see a lot of Natalia in the finished 60s house. But Nathan will be nicer than Peter to end up with.

I think they should have done a few key changes/challenges throughout the show.

12 seepi { 09.23.11 at 6:36 am }

they have to have some sort of key challnge, otherwise there is no point being on the show for all the worker bees.

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