They decided early on that the best plan of action for their terrace was switching the kitchen and living areas — and this week the brothers finally found out whether the judges agreed with them.
"Obviously switching the kitchen and the living room was a big call for us, but it has certainly worked better with the overall plan as far as we can see," Andrew explains.
"We thought it would be nice to have the galley-style kitchen with alfresco dining out to the entertaining area," Mike adds. "It means you're not carrying your BBQ tools through your living room and you can do all your eating and entertaining in that area."
It was a brave decision — but one that appears to have paid off. The judges were unanimous in their praise.
"This is an entertainers' house. Everyone sits in the kitchen, and this is where it's going to happen. I give them a big tick for that," Shaynna said upon seeing the space.
Neale and John were also full of positive feedback.
"It's a big risk, because everyone went the reverse — and I'm not sure if it's everyone’s cup of tea come sale day — but I think it has worked for them. Their rooms now feel incredibly spacious," John added.
He's right — thanks to the boys' galley-style kitchen, the room now feels double the size of some of their competitors'. And that beautiful wood ceiling only adds to the sensation you're living in a top-notch, design-orientated home.
"I love the ceiling — it's a masterstroke," John agrees.
Everything in the room, from their well-placed bowl of apples, to their hanging herb garden, was well thought out, with the judges loving all the different elements.
The only thing that didn't make it was that hastily assembled green bench!
"It's that 'Coco Chanel moment' — when you're getting ready to go out, take one thing off!" Andrew explains.
Overall, the brothers couldn't be happier with the way their room came together. And, while they didn't quite finish their upstairs wet-bar area, they were still pleased to have been given the opportunity to get things right the second time.
"It was great to get the Room Saver. We had quite ambitious plans for the roof and top level, and we just couldn't fulfill them in the time frame," Andrew explains. "We had to bluff it out on the roof with furniture that we literally just threw in there knowing it was going to come out over the next couple of weeks. So to go back and do that, was great."
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