The long awaited and eagerly anticipated Reno Rumble final room reveals happened! It was nail biting-ly close, leaving us all glued to our screens as the chances shifted back and forth between each team! Ayden and Jess came out on top, winning the entire competition by just half a point.
Blue Tongues – Contemporary Australian
Contemporary Australian design is really interesting in the sense that like the country itself, it’s a mish-mash of different borrowed features of other modern cultural designs. It additionally has to be designed so that it makes the harsh Australian climate comfortable to live in. It usually features a lot of light colours such as a light timber like a Victorian Ash so as to not heat up like a dark colour would in summer. You’ll often see a little nod to Australian history including hints industrial, bush and desert landscapes in this design. You’ll also notice the use of space, since culturally Australians value having space and freedom to move.
The kitchen is something else. The arctic whites, with matte blacks, and light timbers reminiscent of desert landscape captures the Australian feeling without bringing any tacky Australiana into the mix. There’s huge amounts of bench space and even a little sprinkling of gum leaves on the side. There were hits everywhere for the judges! Of course, this kitchen features a Siemens Fully Integrated Dishwasher. Integrated dishwashers really have become a staple in this competition. Open it up, there’s blue light shining out of the machine and around the dishes. It’s amazing; just like washing your dishes in the space age! The future is now. In front of the Subway tile splashback there’s a Siemens 90cm Black Gas Cooktop with a ASKO 86cm Concealed Rangehood.
A standout in here is the enormous Sub-Zero Built-In 455L Refrigerator and 227L Freezer. Hailed as the Rolls-Royce in the world of food preservation, Sub-Zero refrigeration is a dream come true for professional chefs and home cooks alike. The refrigerator and freezer each have its own dedicated, sealed system with compressor and evaporator; this means fresh and frozen foods maintain their individual integrity, and are perfectly preserved. Feeling some major jealousy right now, the Blue Tongues homeowner is so lucky. It’s all perfectly arranged too, with the Siemens 60cm Built in Oven and Siemens Combi Microwave Oven sitting alongside. You certainly don’t have to walk far to pop something in the oven! The Zip Hydrotap G4 in Matte Black and Gessi Just Pullout Mixer in Matte Black look perfect combined with the Franke Kubus KBG 110 – 50 Onyx Sink. Everything in this image ties together perfectly. Judge Romy gave a special mention to the sink and tapware.
The transition is effortless to the semi-alfresco set-up. It’s designed with seamless sky-lighting from the kitchen. The judges called it an entertainer's dream! And they were not at all wrong! This baby features the Capital 40” Built-In Stainless Steel BBQ with a (safety first) Condor 120cm Stainless Steel Rangehood sitting above. This area is genius, designed so that people can enjoy the Australian summer without having to endure the Australian summer. In true Australian Fashion there is a Husky Alfresco Double Door Bar Fridge right next to the BBQ. If you’re going to have such a monumental BBQ you need to finish off the look with a fresh stubby in hand! There’s even another Franke Kubus Onyx Sink out here! Paired off perfectly with the KWC Ono Kitchen Pullout Sink Mixer for quick and easy outdoor clean up!
You guessed it, this neat little laundry is jam packed with more Siemens products. Standing stacked, proud, and prominent are the Siemens 8kg i-Dos Front Load Washing Machine and the Siemens 7kg Condenser Sensor Dryer. i-Dos stands for ‘intelligent Dosage system for optimal washing’. That’s right! It’s a self-dispensing washer.The smart little sensors figure out how heavy the load is and dispenses the optimum amount of detergent! Never have dosage struggles again, just fill up the detergent section and only replace when it needs!
This bathroom clearly says Contemporary Australian. There’s an Australian timber vanity sitting perfectly with the Sign New Square Astone Vessel Basin on top. The Forme Logan 750mm Shaving Cabinet is a delight to look at. The bathroom has clearly been planned around it. It all really comes together rather nicely as a little nook. The tiling in the shower is to die for! It just gives off that feel of wet concrete in the summer and diving in rocky swimming holes. It’ll be a perfect cool sanctuary during a hot summer with water from the Hansgrohe Raindance Connect Showerpipe Showerhead falling down overhead.
This home feels really beautifully Australian with minimalist and naturalistic touches keeping it from feeling overdone or tacky. It’s clean, light, and classy. It’s a design that is really practical in a harsh climate such as this one. It brings out what’s beautiful about the country while making the trickier bits more liveable.
Redbacks – Contemporary Classic with a Twist of Plantation
Talk about how the blockheads did
This brief is little bit tricky. It sounds like a fusion of two styles, when it’s really four styles mixed together. Contemporary classic is exactly as it sounds; a contemporary take on classic design. So curves and over-ornamentations are smoothed out. Something timeless. Plantation style is referring to the plantations that were owned by the overly wealthy who made their money by paying others very little (or not at all) to harvest their crops. So naturally, they went all out on their homes picking out the design styles for the wealthy, like Rococo and mixing it with tropical accents and additions. Plantation owners were the cashed up bogans of the past. This design has to be modern, but classic, but ornamented, but tropical... Tough.
The kitchen definitely has that feeling come across. The columns on the island bench and timber accents definitely say Plantation, as well as the palm leaves resting on the bench. It’s the little touches that matter in this brief. The appliances bring out the Contemporary Classic part of this brief with the decorative bits add the Plantation vibes. The ASKO Pro Series Fully Integrated Fridge & Freezer is perfect in styling and has contemporary use as a wine chillier. The paired ASKO Pro Series 90cm Duo Fusion Gas & Induction Cooktop and ASKO 90cm Air Logic Canopy Rangehood are perfect together. Why choose between induction and gas? Just have both!
Probably one of the best appliance advancements in recent years is how much microwaves now look like actual ovens. It means it’s so easy to put your ASKO Series 5 Pyrolytic Oven and ASKO Series 5 Combi Microwave right beside each other with no second glances. There’s even a little ASKO 14cm High Warming Drawer situated underneath the Microwave. Your dishes can go straight from the oven or microwave to the warmer. Too easy. The judges loved and commented on the inegrated appliances. Tick, tick, tick!The Blanco 40cm Undermount Single Bowl Sink blends into the bench easily with a KWC Deck Mounted Kitchen Mixer with Pull-Down Aerator and the Zip Chilltap Sparkling Water Filter. Instant sparkling water is a perfect addition to this house. Nice one, Redbacks!
The bathroom is really pleasant. It has all the needed lightness with the touches of plantation in place. It’s impressive how much the Ayden & Jess have done with this space. It’s not just a bathroom, it’s a laundry. There’s even a door to slide across for you to choose whether to show off your ASKO Arctic 7kg Front Load Washing Machine and ASKO 6.5kg Sensor Consensor Dryer of keep them delicately concealed. The vanity is a delicate design, definitely classic. The Hatria Dolcevita Wash Basin 100 whispers ‘contemporary’, but the Brodware Neu England Basin Set with Swivel Spout says ‘embellished plantation’.
This bathroom features more gorgeous fixings from the Neu England collection, giving an elegant consistency across the room. The wide Berloni Bagno 1136mm Mirror Cabinet in Gloss White is gorgeous, leaving room for multiple people to tidy up their look at the same time. The judges were in love with how there was mirror on the inside when opened. So much storage! Ayden & Jess have manged to fit in a Kaldewei Conoduo 1700mm Bath in here as well as give the Villeroy & Boch Subway Wall-Face Pan Toilet a little extra cosy bit of privacy in here. Smart move, since when you’re lounging in the bath you don’t want to keep your head next to the loo!
This house did amazingly on a really really tricky brief, pulling together all of these elements wonderfully. It feels airy, it feels elegant, it looks tropical, it looks clean. This is a really well put together home.
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