All worth it at the end of the road

Relief will be the over-riding emotion by the end of week 12 of the house reno reality TV series.

That will then be replaced by an immense feeling of pride and achievement when they look back at the toil that went into it, the sacrifices they made and, ultimately, the houses they produced.

“The last 12 weeks of hard slog and sleepless nights will all be worth it,” series host Mark Richardson said on last night’s episode before the teams tore into the final chapter of their Hobsonville Point townhouse novels — the outdoor area.

We hope so. No matter what you think of them — and keyboard warriors haven’t held back with at-times malignant opinions — these guys deserve to line their pockets with a healthy pay cheque for their three-month odyssey.

On Sunday night, one pair will return home with the first prize of $100,000 on top of whatever they make over the reserve price when the houses go to auction.

Will it be Gizzy Hard couple Stu Watts and Amy Moore? Team Yellow have been a tour de force, eyeing a record-equalling seven Room Reveal victories. But history shows that doesn’t guarantee overall glory.

Will it be Blue Team’s Ben and Tom, whose stubborn focus on design and functionality, usually at the expense of styling, has been all part of a master plan?

Or will Orange’s Claire and Agni, with their so-called points of difference, sneak past them all?

And then there is Purple’s Chlo and Em. Yet to win a Room Reveal. When it is all put together and the gavel comes down, will the girls from Palmy in their own words “rock the house”?

Last night, Orange were doing the rocking as they expectedly won the week 11 Room Reveal (the laundry and a re-do area), thanks to the game-changing points they have collected in recent weeks.

They added a +1 to their score and inflicted two minus-1s on Yellow, and that was enough to get them across the line with 35.5 points to Gizzy Hard’s 34.

Do the maths. No game-changing points would have seen Stu and Amy rack up another win and collect the $7000 up for grabs. The fact that Amy gave Orange some tips — on request— rubbed a little salt into the wound, particularly for Stu.

A spade is a spade in Stu’s world. That, along with a series of frustrations and obviously having seen some of the caustic comments from Orange in earlier episodes, boiled over — much to Amy’s horror.

“I would like you to take back the arrogant, two-faced, fake people we are supposed to be,” Stu said matter-of-factly after the Room Reveal result was confirmed.

“Just zip it,” Amy hissed at him. “I don’t know why you can’t just keep your *&^% mouth shut.”

“I tell them how it is,” Stu replied.

Amy would prefer that not be “in front of the whole country” but you get the feeling that’s falling on deaf not burning ears.

As well as the outdoor area, Richardson reminds teams that this week is also the time to complete all the little things.

He reiterates that by pointing out every other house in Hobsonville Point up for sale has been finished to “a very high standard”.

The teams’ judging of their week 11 areas ends in a three-way tie between Yellow, Blue and Purple — each team scoring 21.5 — so they share the $2000.

Orange’s penchant for getting themselves in trouble continues when video footage of Claire doing an illegal manoeuvre in their car is posted online.

Site supervisor Pete “The Wolf” Wolfkamp and Richardson jump aboard their high horses and ban Claire and Agni from driving for the rest of the week, except for getting to and from the Challenge Warehouse.

In a boost to Yellow’s chances of overall victory, the other three teams go to “the Bank of Mark” requesting more money, which will subsequently be added to the reserve prices of their houses — $5000 for Purple, $10,000 for Orange and $12,000 for Blue.

Yellow are the big winners in the challenge — an online auction in which the teams bid for mystery envelopes containing money, a minus-2 to use at Room Reveal and a massage and pampering session. Richardson throws in a risk-reward pair of envelopes — one containing $5000, the other a rubber duck.

Yellow take the plunge, win that auction and open one of the envelopes — Amy’s half-moon smile signalling their positive result.

It’s all heading in the right direction for Gizzy Hard.

Relief will be the over-riding emotion by the end of week 12 of the house reno reality TV series.

That will then be replaced by an immense feeling of pride and achievement when they look back at the toil that went into it, the sacrifices they made and, ultimately, the houses they produced.

“The last 12 weeks of hard slog and sleepless nights will all be worth it,” series host Mark Richardson said on last night’s episode before the teams tore into the final chapter of their Hobsonville Point townhouse novels — the outdoor area.

We hope so. No matter what you think of them — and keyboard warriors haven’t held back with at-times malignant opinions — these guys deserve to line their pockets with a healthy pay cheque for their three-month odyssey.

On Sunday night, one pair will return home with the first prize of $100,000 on top of whatever they make over the reserve price when the houses go to auction.

Will it be Gizzy Hard couple Stu Watts and Amy Moore? Team Yellow have been a tour de force, eyeing a record-equalling seven Room Reveal victories. But history shows that doesn’t guarantee overall glory.

Will it be Blue Team’s Ben and Tom, whose stubborn focus on design and functionality, usually at the expense of styling, has been all part of a master plan?

Or will Orange’s Claire and Agni, with their so-called points of difference, sneak past them all?

And then there is Purple’s Chlo and Em. Yet to win a Room Reveal. When it is all put together and the gavel comes down, will the girls from Palmy in their own words “rock the house”?

Last night, Orange were doing the rocking as they expectedly won the week 11 Room Reveal (the laundry and a re-do area), thanks to the game-changing points they have collected in recent weeks.

They added a +1 to their score and inflicted two minus-1s on Yellow, and that was enough to get them across the line with 35.5 points to Gizzy Hard’s 34.

Do the maths. No game-changing points would have seen Stu and Amy rack up another win and collect the $7000 up for grabs. The fact that Amy gave Orange some tips — on request— rubbed a little salt into the wound, particularly for Stu.

A spade is a spade in Stu’s world. That, along with a series of frustrations and obviously having seen some of the caustic comments from Orange in earlier episodes, boiled over — much to Amy’s horror.

“I would like you to take back the arrogant, two-faced, fake people we are supposed to be,” Stu said matter-of-factly after the Room Reveal result was confirmed.

“Just zip it,” Amy hissed at him. “I don’t know why you can’t just keep your *&^% mouth shut.”

“I tell them how it is,” Stu replied.

Amy would prefer that not be “in front of the whole country” but you get the feeling that’s falling on deaf not burning ears.

As well as the outdoor area, Richardson reminds teams that this week is also the time to complete all the little things.

He reiterates that by pointing out every other house in Hobsonville Point up for sale has been finished to “a very high standard”.

The teams’ judging of their week 11 areas ends in a three-way tie between Yellow, Blue and Purple — each team scoring 21.5 — so they share the $2000.

Orange’s penchant for getting themselves in trouble continues when video footage of Claire doing an illegal manoeuvre in their car is posted online.

Site supervisor Pete “The Wolf” Wolfkamp and Richardson jump aboard their high horses and ban Claire and Agni from driving for the rest of the week, except for getting to and from the Challenge Warehouse.

In a boost to Yellow’s chances of overall victory, the other three teams go to “the Bank of Mark” requesting more money, which will subsequently be added to the reserve prices of their houses — $5000 for Purple, $10,000 for Orange and $12,000 for Blue.

Yellow are the big winners in the challenge — an online auction in which the teams bid for mystery envelopes containing money, a minus-2 to use at Room Reveal and a massage and pampering session. Richardson throws in a risk-reward pair of envelopes — one containing $5000, the other a rubber duck.

Yellow take the plunge, win that auction and open one of the envelopes — Amy’s half-moon smile signalling their positive result.

It’s all heading in the right direction for Gizzy Hard.

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