The Block's Kyle and Leslie saw their reserve set at $2,970,000. During a nail-biting auction their house ended up selling for $3,100,000, earning them a profit of $130,000.
The couple told Yahoo Lifestyle they were feeling “mixed emotions” following their auction.
“We really enjoyed the show and being a part of it. We would be stupid to say we were not expecting more,” Kyle said.
After receiving arguably some of the harshest criticism from the judges on The Block 2023, take a look inside their finished home.
Week 12 - Front yard and facade
After using the bulk of their remaining budget on their backyard, Kyle and Leslie were in dire straits this week attempting to complete their front yard and remaining rooms. After controversially selling their gnome to Steph and Gian, they had a little more wiggle room and pulled off a lovely front yard.
“I love the sound of the water feature as soon as you walk in” - Shaynna.
“This is a really, really solid first impression. The structure of the entry, everything here for me is just a beautiful begin for the buyer to walk into this home” - Marty.
“It just doesn't seem to fit, maybe a lighter colour, like an oak matching the brickwork would have been a better choice” - Marty.
“Really nice juxtaposition” - Darren.
“Just the front here just looks a little bit bland, I'd be trying to cover up all the brickwork because it is all chipped” - Dave.
“It’s a big enough garage…this would have a much nicer look and feel if it had a beautiful wet look seal on it” - Marty.
“I do love the driveway” - Dave.
“That’s very elegant, architectural” - Shaynna on the entryway.
“This whole entry acts like a funnel. I love how it’s broad here, and these gentle curves… just really guide you through” - Darren on the entryway.
“On the screen this will just jump out” - Marty.
Week 11 - Backyard and pool
The Block's Kyle and Leslie gambled big time on their backyard and pool, depleting their budget in the hopes of taking out a win. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t the victory they were banking on. While the judges liked a lot about the design and execution, they felt that the floating stones up to the pool were a safety hazard for young children.
“That’s a massive feature out there” - Dave Franklin on the water feature above the pool.
“This is incredible, look at these steppers” - Marty.
“There’s a lot of thought that’s gone into just getting these steps here” - Dave Franklin.
“From a marketing perspective, buyers will just say ‘I’ve got to see it’” - Marty.
“If I had my kids here I would be stressing 24/7 of the kids falling off left, right and centre” - Marty.
“There is no way in hell that I would want little kids up on this thing” - Darren.
“The styling on the table is not sophisticated enough… they need to sell the sophisticated dream and then people will not be talking about their kids falling off ” - Shaynna.
“The paving choice is perfect” - Dave.
“Acoustically though, would you plan a seating area next to an air conditioner?” - Darren
“They need to put another two pavers here and push this back… because they’ll come around there corner and this is like a dead corner” - Shaynna on the side seating area.
“There is a lot of space between the plungey and the glass balustrade” - Darren.
Week 10 - Upstairs bathroom and redo room
Kyle and Leslie were taking on their final bathroom and decided to redo their ‘controversial’ living room. After the judges criticised the size of the room, they decided to knock out a wall and open up the space.
After a rough few weeks of feedback from the judges, the coupe were hoping for a change in tide.
“Alright!” - Darren
“It’s stunning” - Shaynna on their redo room.
“Now it feels generous and open” - Neale.
“It does feel like the proportions required of a house of this size” - Darren.
“This is the first time in a long time that I feel their floor plan and their aesthetic have finally come together” - Shaynna.
“That’s hot” - Darren on their bathroom tiles.
“I love the fact it’s a small space and they’ve been able to fit a vanity.. A bath, a toilet, a shower” - Shaynna.
“When you first walk in, it’s all about the toilet” - Shaynna.
“They’ve got the space for a separate toilet, that landing area” - Shaynna.
“I would leave this bathroom and probably forget the detail” - Neale.
“They make great decisions and then put them in the wrong place” - Darren.
Week 9 - Upstairs bathroom and redo room
Kyle and Leslie’s floor plan has left them with two very spacious kids' bedrooms. As parents of two boys, 11 and 7, they chose to take a lot of inspiration and advice from them. But, it was another rough week of judging for the pair. The judges questioned their styling choices and pointed out that these rooms feel more spacious than their master bedroom. Money is proving to be another pressure point for the couple, and a room or challenge win is definitely needed.
“It’s a very themed bedroom isn’t it?” - Darren.
“Such a stark difference from the other rooms of this house… I don’t feel like I’m actually in house one” - Marty.
“If you’re going to do this theme, do it to that high-end finish. I’d probably take the posters stuck on the wall off, I would put them in a frame” - Shaynna.
“There’s nothing offensive in here, but it is pigeon-holed” - Marty.
“This is so marketable… This one here for me has really ticked the box” - Marty on their second room.
“All that’s going through my mind is how cramped the master bedroom feels when you walk in…someone would walk in here going ‘oh, the kids have more room than me’” - Shaynna.
Week 8 - Master Ensuite
The arches in Kyle and Leslie’s bathroom walls were a big challenge to tackle this week, but with some extra cash in the bank from winning the HiPages ‘Best on the Block’ award they were able to pull it off. However, once again, the functionality of the room was an issue for the judges.
“I love the balance and symmetry in here, I think that is just aesthetically really calming, really pleasing.”
“It’s elegant, it’s classy, it’s beautiful. Honestly, it just feels luxurious”- Shaynna.
“It’s a little bit pokey” - Shaynna on the size of the shower.
“I don’t want to stand on a grate to have a shower” - Shaynna.
“I think they’re really trying, I think it’s just that spatial planning is their weakness” - Darren.
Week 7 - Kitchen and Laundry
The Block's Kyle and Leslie were a bit disheartened after a rough master bedroom critique. With their kitchen situated at the back of their house these two were really hoping the judges noticed how much they’d considered the functionality of the kitchen. While the judges loved the kitchen, they thought the butler’s pantry was not the best use of space.
“Sexy” - Shaynna.
“I don’t think I've ever seen skylights used in that way before, stunning” - Neale.
“I love the use of the curves… there’s a lovely sort of retro vibe in here” - Neale.
“Storage galore” - Darren.
“The floorplan is their kryptonite unfortunately, it brings them undone each week” - Shaynna.
“In this instance, less than perfect is still exceptionally good” - Darren.
Week 6 - Master bedroom and walk-in robe
After a tough week The Block's Kyle and Leslie chose to remove a wall and extend the size of their master bedroom. The rendered archway/ bed head was the main feature of the room, however the judges did point out it could pose an injury risk, Overall, the couple’s choices did not win the judges over.
“I love the texture… but really on a bed head you kind of want something that’s gently tactile not really aggressive” - Darren.
“I walk into here and straight away I see everything I don’t want to see” - Shaynna.
“This is a room that could have done more” - Marty.
Week 5 - Living and Dining
Kyle and Leslie went into Living and Dining Room week with the smallest space of all the properties, and things didn’t get much better from there. Space was a massive issue for the judges, both the room size and the size of the furniture that Kyle and Leslie chose.
“This just feels really tiny” - Shaynna
“Is this really the only living space for a house of this size? Because my immediate thought was this feels quite constricted” - Neale Whitaker.
“It is always a bad sign though when you see something that’s clearly a modular and two other pieces of that same sofa in a different room” - Darren.
“It’s actually the dimensions of the living space you would find in a studio apartment” - Neale.
“This could actually lose them the auction” - Shaynna.
“I feel like Kyle and Leslie have a real sophisticated aesthetic, it’s a beautifully styled and built disaster” - Neale.
Week 4 - Downstairs Bathroom
The Block's Kyle and Leslie have impressed the judges week after week with their simplicity and styling. They took a massive risk for their downstairs bathroom with the smallest room in Block history and it paid off.
The judges loved how considered the room was, they could also see their strategy coming to life and are really excited about where they plan to take the rest of the house.
"Really beautifully done in here... all the details are really, really considered" - Darren.
"The colour palette, the texture, they understand that minimalist luxury without a doubt" - Shaynna.
"There's actually a lot happening in such a small space but it's all working in harmony" - Marty.
Week 3 - Work From Home
"I think the consistency of this team is just incredible... It feels very elegant and classy, but relaxed at the same time" - Shaynna.
"They really get it, you can just see how their marketing will come together" - Marty.
"What we've got here is a media viewing space, it is a working from home space and it could easily be a bedroom" - Darren.
Week 2 - Guest Bedroom
"I'm still struggling with how much space we've got here, knowing we've got a fully self-contained bathroom there." - Darren
"What they've done, is they've missed the opportunity to actually be self-contained... particularly with a pool, the whole thing's carpeted. At least one of these spaces should've had floorboards. "- Marty.
"Looks great, but it doesn't really do much." - Shaynna.
Week 1 - Guest Bathroom
Points: 25 - WINNER
"It's just so elegant, so beautifully done." - Darren
"It has a storage, it's definitely got the length, and i love the privacy of that toilet behind the door." - Marty
"The placement of that drain, I just find it odd sitting in there when it's so prominent." - Shaynna
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