Sophie and Dale were understandably disappointed when their main bedroom and ensuite came third. But despite the fact their room was one and a half points behind the boys' winning bedroom, the judges insist they were still impressed with what the crafty couple managed to achieve.
"The thing is with Dale and Sophie, what they do, it may not be my style, but the great thing is, you don't have to love their style to appreciate what they have done – they are very clever," says judge Shaynna Blaze.
And she's right – it was their ingenious use of recycled furniture and light fittings that had Sophie and Dale’s room standing out from the others. And, despite the fact some things might not have been to the judges’ tastes, they’re thrilled with the way everything came together.
"We did well this week with our recycled doors," says Sophie, referring to the couple's beautiful bedhead, fashioned from old doors sourced from The Block.
"Dale did a really good job."
And they're also pleased with their cute little bedside tables, bolted to the wall and made from one little chest of drawers, sourced from The Mill Market.
"Our carpenter spent some time on it, because we didn’t want something substandard coming back into the room," Dale adds.
This week the couple also spent time sourcing high-end dressings for their room, placing some seriously expensive Missoni cushions on their beautifully made-up bed.
And if the prospective buyer doesn’t like what they’ve done – well, that’s easily fixed.
"They can just take things out!" Sophie laughs. "What we tried to do is not make too much stuff fixed. There's nothing here that you can’t move or change."
What they love: Dale's beautiful home-made bedhead. "I had seen it done before – I follow a lot of design blogs. The ones I saw were quite polished, but I thought it would be cool to sand them back and put different colours under them. I think it looks great!" Sophie says.
Their bedside tables: "Our carpenter Matt committed to cutting them on screen, but he thought, 'I'm going to have to take these home and make a new box for them internally so they hold together better.' He thought it would be a five-minute job – but he ended up spending an hour and half on it!" says Dale.
Their most expensive thing: They're saving money elsewhere, but there’s one thing they won't skimp on – trades. "They are working for quite decent money," Dale explains. "We figure it’s got to pay off eventually. We think the quality of the work will reward us."