You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show!
Photo, left to right: Josh Temple, Nicole Curtis, Loren Ruch
What was behind the decision to give the contestants an extra $3,000 to complete this challenge?
That was our plan all along. We really wanted the contestants to focus all of their budgets on the internal components of their condos. And we figured $3,000 was right in the sweet spot of what it would cost to properly design these outdoor spaces, so it seemed like a fair number.
Nicole looked like she had a really difficult time choosing a winner this week. What put John and Whitney’s renovation over the top?
Oh. My. Gosh. You don’t even know!! The real deliberation took Nicole more than two hours because she literally could not decide who she wanted to pick as the winner. There were so many good characteristics about multiple units that it was a really tough decision for her. In the end she thought that John and Whitney’s had the most going for it ‘overall’ because there was a seating area, a relaxing area, and some beautiful plants and nature.
Once the renovations were done, did the contestants prefer one patio over the others as an evening hangout spot?
I don’t want to give too much away, but in three weeks you’ll see their favorite common space at The Block, and it wasn’t in one of the individual yards! But, yes, I think John and Whitney’s probably was the one that everyone hung out at most.
What was the mood like on set after the winner was announced?
It was always tough after our evaluations because everyone worked so hard on their spaces. Were the other teams disappointed? Yes. But were they also happy for John and Whitney? I sincerely believe that they were.
What was your favorite behind-the-scenes or funny moment from the set of episode 4?
My favorite moment was watching Nicole Curtis take off her shoes to test out the sand box! I love that she wanted to get down and dirty in her assessing of the different spaces!
Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!