Despite their hopes for redemption, Sara and Hayden Vale’s $75,000 bathroom – the most expensive in The Block history – was given the lowest score on Sunday’s episode.
And the couple have now set the record straight about their decision to make a $9,000 gold brass bathtub the centrepiece of the room, which the judges eventually described as ‘ugly’ and ‘dated’.
‘It was definitely an exaggeration when I said we based our whole apartment on the bath,’ Sara told Nine Homes on Monday.
‘It was definitely an exaggeration’: The Block’s Hayden and Sara (pictured) have backtracked on claims they ‘based their whole apartment on the $9,000 gold brass bathtub’… after their $75,000 renovation was slammed by the judges
Explaining the statement bathtub had to be shipped from overseas, she added: ‘It was definitely a piece we had to have in our apartment. We thought that this bath would complement the apartment quite nicely.’
Hayden agreed with his wife, saying: ‘Also the brass and the black went with well with our apartment and our overall colour scheme. It’s nice to have something a little bit different, that looks a little more luxurious.’
Mother-of-one Sara sensationally stormed off The Block after her pricey bathroom was savaged by the judges, Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and John McGrath.
‘It was definitely a piece we had to have’: The couple (pictured in an interview with Nine Homes on Monday) claimed the bathtub was not the centrepiece of their entire apartment, but stood by their decision to splash out on their bathroom
The final scores were: Bianca and Carla – 27; Norm and Jess – 23; Hayden and Sara – 22, Courtney and Hans – 24; and winners Kerrie and Spence – 27.5.
Sara, 31, was heartbroken after the scores were revealed, ripping her microphone off as she walked off set.
She wept: ‘I’m going, I’m not coming back… take your f**king mics. If we’re gonna constantly come last and be embarrassed, why would I want to be here? That bathroom did not deserve to be last.’
Glowing reviews: Judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and John McGrath were initially blown away by the spectacular golden brass bath tub – but it all went downhill when they turned their attention to other fixtures
‘Wearing gloves to handle it was a bit of an exaggeration’: The couplet joked about their overly-cautious care of the bath on the show before the reveal and backtracked on claims they had based their entire apartment around the bath
Bold design: The modern bathroom featured a black and grey colour palette, which judge John McGrath described as overwhelming
Judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and John McGrath were initially blown away by the spectacular golden brass bath tub – but it all went downhill when they turned their attention to other fixtures.
The modern bathroom featured a black and grey colour palette, which John described as overwhelming.
The bathroom also had three black walls, which Neale described as ‘drab’, white and grey tiles, an oversized glass shower screen, a visible toilet and two hand basins with round mirrors above.
The experts said the layout was impractical and ‘ugly’.
Each team is renovating luxury apartment spaces at the infamous Gatwick hotel in Melbourne.
They are all competing to win $100,000, in addition to any profits made during auction.
Too harsh? Judges Neale Whitaker (left), Shaynna Blaze (centre) and John McGrath (right) were unimpressed by Sara and Hayden’s efforts and subsequently, the couple finished last
Reality TV meltdown: After the judges revealed their scores, Sara screamed, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me? This is f**king embarrassing. We put our heart and soul into that!’