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The Block 2019 follows the transformation of the Oslo Hotel in St Kilda's, Melbourne, from grungy budget accommodation to modern luxury homes.

BlueScope is proud to be a sponsor and to see COLORBOND® steel and TRUECORE® steel back on The Block!

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COLORBOND® steel is proud to sponsor the Viewers’ Choice Promotion, where each week you can vote for The Block room you think is the best for a chance to win. Every time you vote, you are entered into the draw to win $50,000* in cash and COLORBOND® steel products, to be drawn at the end of the season.

 

 

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Life on The Block

Life on The Block

Meet the team we’ve partnered with this season!
Deb and Andy

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Meet the team we’ve partnered with this season!

We’re excited to announce that a NSW couple, Andy and Deb have agreed to partner with us throughout this thrilling season of The Block! “The Oslo” is the biggest building in the history of the show, with each house having four bedrooms, three living areas, three outdoor spaces and a double garage. Thankfully, Andy and Deb are no strangers to renovating or hard work!

Hailing from the mid-coast of NSW, Andy is a TAFE Administrator and stand-up comedian, and Deb runs her own fashion and homewares business alongside her sisters. On the side, they have also completed five projects together prior to coming on The Block – three new house builds which all featured roofs made from COLORBOND® steel, and two other extensive renovation projects.

Deb, a die-hard fan of The Block has never missed an episode or season of the show since it started. After convincing Andy to apply with her, the couple made it through the auditioning process and could not have been more surprised or happy that they made it through. Their four children were ecstatic too. “There was a lot of screaming when they found out that we were successful and that we had gotten on the show. They are all fans, especially our 9-year-old”, says Deb.

When quizzed about the biggest difference between watching and being on the show the couple agreed. “It’s real. It’s totally real” said Andy. “Basically, you are given a house, a car, a budget and access to some incredible sponsors and products and just allowed to go for it” continues Deb. “You can really do anything you want and that was a real surprise to us”.

Thankfully given the short timeframes that The Block is famous for, Deb had a firm idea of the style that she wanted to achieve in their townhouse prior to coming on the show. “It’s like Palm Springs meets California Bungalow style” says Deb, “It’s a bit more grown up with lots of luxe finishes… and there’s a lot of natural light.”

Along with the four other teams, Andy and Deb will experience first-hand the benefits of using framing made from TRUECORE® steel and how the speed, durability and flexibility of these frames will help to make the impossible, possible over the next 14 weeks.

We will also follow their design journey and get the insider scoop into how they selected their COLORBOND® steel colour and worked to ensure a cohesive look and feel was maintained throughout the interior and exterior of their property.

We are excited to follow the journey with Andy and Deb and see how their townhouse comes together this season. Check back regularly for the latest updates on what’s happening on The Block, and how Andy and Deb’s build is progressing.

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Thank you to our valued partners

Thank you

to our valued partners of The Block 2019
Our Partners

The participation of COLORBOND® steel and TRUECORE® steel in The Block has been made possible by the extensive support of our partners; Bayside Flashing & Ventilations + Metal Cladding Systems, Apex Group, Lysaght, Revolution Roofing, B&D Garage Doors and Dynamic Steel Frame.

 

Bayside Flashing & Ventilations + Metal Cladding Systems

Bayside Flashing & Ventilations Pty Ltd has been offering sheet metal services in Victoria since 1986. They have also worked with The Block over several years. They are a family business still owned and operated by their founding director. In addition to rainwater goods, flashings and custom sheet metal work, via sister company, Metal Cladding Systems Pty Ltd., their fabrication offering includes architectural roof and wall panel products. Bayside Flashing & Ventilations Pty Ltd provided roofing, walling and rainwater goods for the Oslo. To find out more, please check out their websites: www.metalcsystems.com.au/ or www.baysideflashing.com.au


Apex Group

Apex Group was founded in 1994, is privately owned and prides itself on delivering a personal approach to service for their customers. Apex Group provided roofing for the Oslo.

To find out more, please check out their website.


Lysaght

Lysaght is a division of BlueScope and can trace its history in the steel industry back over 150 years. Operating from over 30 locations around Australia, they offer a diverse product range from roofing and walling, to structural formwork and home improvement products. Lysaght supplied the privacy screens and front fencing for the Oslo. To find out more, please check out their website.


Revolution Roofing

Revolution Roofing was founded in 2009, operates from Adelaide and Perth, and prides itself on innovation. Revolution Roofing provided rainwater goods for the Oslo.

To find out more, please check out their website.


B&D Garage Doors

B&D first pioneered Roll-A-Door technology over 60 years ago, and has been a leader in the garage door industry ever since. There’s a lovely history of innovation at B&D Garage Doors on their website here, as well as lots of information about their products, colour and design options, buying a door, and service and repairs. B&D provided garage doors for the Oslo.

To find out more, please check out their website.
 

Dynamic Steel Frame

Using TRUECORE® steel, Dynamic Steel Frame manufactures Light Gauge Steel framing systems for use in residential and commercial structures. Building with TRUECORE® steel, Dynamic Steel Frame are able to offer house framing that is 100% termite proof. With its high strength-to-weight ratio allowing for long spans, steel framing allows you to make use of available space with innovative design, large open living areas and non-conventional rooflines. And, whether you live in a bushfire zone or not, it’s reassuring to know that TRUECORE® steel won't 'catch fire', and may significantly reduce the amount of flammable material in a home. If you would like to see more examples of what Dynamic Steel Frame have been working on – check out the gallery page on their website. You will see everything from single storey homes to townhouses and multi-storey.

Thanks to Dynamic Steel Frame, for their assistance with this year’s build. The builders and contestants got hands-on experience of the benefits of using steel frames supplied by Dynamic Steel Frame.

To find out more, please check out their website.

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As seen on The Block

Explore the COLORBOND® steel Matt Palettes

As seen on The Block
Explore the COLORBOND® steel Matt Palettes

If you've been following The Block this season, you will have seen this year's contestants meeting with COLORBOND® steel Design and Colour Consultant, Christine McCoy, to discuss the exterior finishings and colours for their luxury houses. Each team spoke with Christine to discuss their concept and ideas and received advice from her about how to make sure that their style flows well from inside to out.

As The Block contestants know, selecting the right colours and materials for the exterior of your home couldn't be more important. When you build or renovate a house, you’re not just creating a home for your family or a place for special memories, you’re also creating a testament to your own taste - and your taste is the first thing visitors (and buyers) notice! It’s an exciting and highly personal process, yet choosing the exterior colours and materials is often a little daunting too.

To help with these decisions, we've put together a range of colour palettes for the COLORBOND® steel Matt range. This guide has been created to offer inspiring, curated colour palettes, and help you make more confident choices when selecting colours and materials for your projects.

Download the complete Colour Palette Brochure

 

COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt

Natural, earthy and offering just a blush of colour, COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt complements both natural and contemporary building materials to create a feeling of warmth and understated style. It's a versatile colour that is adaptable to a wide range of landscapes. The colour palette we have developed for this hue is warm and subtle - a reminder of how our homes can be a haven.

 

COLORBOND® steel Dune® Matt

 

COLORBOND® steel Surfmist® Matt

This misty white colour is extremely contemporary yet beautifully simple. Equally at home in coastal surroundings and urban areas, it works well with a light neutral look, or paired with darker tones in more urban areas. The palette we've created effortlessly evokes a coastal landscape but this hue also works well with a range of different accent colours so you can truly express your personality.

 

COLORBOND® steel Surfmist® Matt

 

COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™

Matt Fresh and light, this colour is extremely versatile and highly complementary to a range of colours. It can be layered with brushed steel, recycled timbers, aged brickwork or used all by itself. The COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™ Matt colour palette demonstrates that this is a neutral classic, while offering the perfect backdrop for exciting splashes of colour.

 

COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey™

 

COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt

Timeless, refined, neutral and striking all at once this classic colour has been perfectly enhanced by the matt finish. This hue aligns well with building materials such as slender bricks, charcoal stained timbers, tinted glass or roughly textured concrete walls. The palette we've developed for this colour delivers a versatile look that evokes strength, calm and definitive urban cool.

 

COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt

 

COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt

Dark and handsome, and the deepest colour in the Matt range. The use of this dramatic, dark hue can be surprisingly subtle or openly dominant depending on the application within the landscape. This palette demonstrates that COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt can both quietly merge with its neighbours in a more urban setting or stand out brilliantly amongst the green foliage in more rural areas.

 

COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt

 

We encourage you to consider the feeling you want to create, and imagine these colour palettes as they are, or adjusted to your individual desires.

Download the complete Colour Palette Brochure and enjoy your colour journey with COLORBOND® steel Matt!

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Read below to see what our Design and Colour Consultant Christine McCoy has to say about COLORBOND® steel colours and textures.
Christine McCoy

With so much focus on making the most of colour and texture palettes, we’d like to introduce you to one of our colour and design specialists here at BlueScope - Christine McCoy. Christine works with builders and their colour and design experts to explore new ways to incorporate COLORBOND® steel colours and finishes into the designs they are developing for their homes. She also played a significant role in The Block this year which was really exciting for the team here at COLORBOND® steel. Christine’s background is a Colourist designing & making colours and palettes for major paint brands and running her own successful business as an Interior design consultant specifying interior & exterior finishes for clients. During this time, she has conducted workshops for leading boutique paint companies for designers, specifiers, painters and clients incorporating facets of the elements & principles of design.

Christine’s favourite colour is COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Dune®. She says “its undertones are a little ambiguous, they blush when you sit it against just the right landscape or environment, equally it is warm and earthy working with many building products from timber to sandstone.”

And Christine’s top tips for anyone considering the colour and texture palette for their home are:

  1. Think about the ‘whole story’ for the palette for your build. Then start by choosing the fixtures and fittings that work with your story and are hardest to change down the track.
  2. Think about the light and how it changes, and how this impacts the colours through the day.
  3. Recognise that all colours appear differently from one location to another and all colours are different depending on their texture. So, always testing in situ is paramount.

If you’re looking for some early inspiration, Christine suggests organic looks combined with minimalist finishes; mixing textures – for example combining a matt finish with something with a lustre or shine; and incorporating stronger, warmer colours.

Christine’s favourite images from our photo gallery are COLORBOND® steel Wallaby® in LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® profile (Image (1) by Bent Architecture) and COLORBOND® steel Night Sky® in a LYSAGHT profile (Image (30) by Room 11 architects, because both show colour, form and innovative uses for COLORBOND® steel.

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Restoring the Oslo to its former glory

Julian Brenchley, The Block’s architect, talks about his material considerations in restoring The Oslo to a better version of its former self.

Restoring the Oslo to its former glory
COLORBOND® steel colour Shale Grey™

The Block 2019 has returned to St Kilda. The contestants have been given the task of renovating and rebuilding the historic Oslo Hotel.

The Oslo was built back in 1859, reflecting the time’s style and available material choices.

The Oslo was built with sturdy foundations and materials that have stood the test of time, which is why it has been transformed so many times. From terrace-houses, to a single boarding house and now being transformed back into five luxury terrace homes. It’s fair to say the Oslo has seen a lot in it’s 160-year life.

As part of the new renovation being completed by The Block, the old and tired galvanised roof has been removed and a new COLORBOND® steel Shale Grey Matt roof has been installed.

Due to the age of the building, all changes to the original front section required council sign-off to comply with the heritage listings. The Block’s architect Julian Brenchley, wanted to showcase the heritage section of the build, by keeping the restoration true and timeless - like the Oslo.

When Brenchley came to BlueScope with the heritage build design - it would have been straight forward to recommend a straight replacement with a like for like material. However, after exploring the COLORBOND® steel range with BlueScope’s representatives and gaining an understanding of the durability, colour range and thermal properties of COLORBOND® steel - it was determined that Shale Grey Matt, was aligned with the heritage listings qualifications and provided more benefits over the traditional galvanised roofing used in 1859.

“The COLORBOND® steel Matt range, provided the premium look we were looking for in this year’s modern restoration. The product diffuses light for a softer more textured matt appearance and offered several benefits over traditional galvanised roofing”.

"The technology and substrate behind COLORBOND® steel has continually been enhanced over the last 50 years. COLORBOND® steel’s entire product range showcases the smarts of years of testing and development. From Thermatech® technology, to COLORBOND® Ultra steel, COLORBOND® steel’s continued product innovation has helped firms like ours, demand more from our exterior material choices. The inclusion of the matt texture to COLORBOND® steel’s range, has helped us extend an interior trend to the exterior; whilst having no loss to the durability, that we’ve come to learn and expect.” said Brenchley.

As a result of responding to the current and emerging building design trends and demands, BlueScope has worked to make COLORBOND® steel stronger, lighter, smarter, cooler, more colourful, more durable than ever, earning COLORBOND® steel a position as one of the world’s toughest, most advanced building materials.

“COLORBOND® steel’s range of colours and matt finishes, include Thermatech® solar reflectance technology*, which reflects more heat from your roof’s surface. Combined with the right level insulation and good design, it can also help keep your home cooler in summer.” said Edward Truong, COLORBOND® steel’s residential segment manager.

“The addition of the matt texture to our range is just a further evolution of a product that’s been evolving for over 50 years; a product that’s now enabling architects and builders to push the boundaries of both new builds, renovation and even restoration projects.” said Truong.

To determine the most suitable material for your project, please contact your supplier or see colorbond.com/create. *Excluding Night Sky®. Thermatech® is not available in COLORBOND® Stainless steel. COLORBOND®, Thermatech®, BlueScope are registered trade marks of BlueScope Steel Limited. colour names are trade marks of BlueScope Steel Limited. © 2019 BlueScope Steel Limited ABN 16 000 011 058. All rights reserved.
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#COLORBONDcreators

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So many amazing people creating stunning builds featuring COLORBOND® steel.
#COLORBONDcreators

With so many amazing people creating stunning builds featuring COLORBOND® steel we couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to capture a few of their stories for our #COLORBONDcreators series. In each story, we get behind the scenes of the build to get an insight into the colours and choices they have made. We have interior designers Alisa and Lysandra with their luxurious project in Albert Park; Bec and George Douros, who have chosen COLORBOND® steel Basalt® Matt for their duplex conversion; Dea and Darren Jolly and their stunning work on a large, rural retreat; David Barbour (The Block’s co-creator and Executive Producer) and his beautiful beachside home featuring COLORBOND® Ultra steel in the colour Windspray®; and The Designory, a design firm who have incorporated COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt into their stunning Byron Bay Villa.

Click here to be inspired.

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The subtle art of standing out

The subtle art of standing out

Available in five popular colours
COLORBOND® steel MATT

The COLORBOND® steel Matt finish has been achieved using BlueScope's innovative Matt paint technology, creating a softer, more subtle look. It is available in a range of COLORBOND® steel's popular colours – Monument®, Basalt®, Surfmist®, Dune® and Shale Grey™ for roofing, walling, gutters, garage doors, fascia and downpipes.

So, whether it's colour, finish, or the freedom to create a simple flat roofing design or soaring shapes, COLORBOND® steel Matt provides you with even more opportunities to realise your design vision.

COLORBOND® steel Monument® Matt featured on the 2018 season of The Block with contestants using it to clad their studios/garages, and also on their garage doors. This year, The Oslo contestants will get to work with the colour and finish of COLORBOND® steel Matt roofing and cladding later in the series.

View the COLORBOND® steel Matt range

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