Liz Gray

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Aug 12

See the Flipping the Block Floor Plans

If you’ve been watching Flipping the Block like lots of HGTV fans, you know that all four properties are connected on one big lot. But, who lives where? And more importantly, where’s the pool? To help you get a lay of the land, here’s a visual of The Block’s buildings and common areas.

Flipping the Block Floor Plan

Unit A and B are right on the sidewalk of the tree-lined Glendale, Calif. street, with the garages right in the center and Units C and D tucked away in the back. And the brand new pool? It’s located just in front of John and Whitney’s Unit D.  Here’s a closer look at the upstairs layout of each condo:

Flipping the Block Upstairs Floor Plan

Which unit has the best location? Which one would you bid on so far? Weigh in in the comments below.

Aug 12

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Episode 4

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!

Behind the Scenes of Flipping the Block

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!

Aug 11

Hang Out With the Flipping the Block Cast

Wonder how the contestants feel as they watch each episode? Join HGTV.com staffer Abbi each week to chat with a new group from the Flipping the Block cast.

Watch Candid Chats With the Flipping the Block Cast

Watch Candid Chats With the Flipping the Block Cast

Watch the HGTV Facebook page for announcements on when to watch live, or catch up on her fun interviews with Josh, David, Scott, Curtis, Amanda, John, Whitney and more right now on YouTube.

WATCH ALL THE HANGOUTS HERE >>

Aug 6

Behind the Block Renovations With Judge Scott McGillivray

I chatted with Flipping the Block judge and Income Property host Scott McGillivray about his time on the set, how he’d remodel The Block, and which HGTV star he’d love to team up with for a renovation.

Scott McGillivray in the Winning Master Bedroom

Scott McGillivray in the Winning Master Bedroom

Which team’s remodeling approach is closest to your own? Which team had the most different approach?
The team with the closest approach to my own is probably John and Whitney. They’re definitely closest in terms of what an approach that I can identify with. The most different approach is probably the twins, Brian and Craig, because I feel there was a bit of a disconnect between their construction and design.

Scott McGillivray Poses With Flipping the Block's Blue Team

Scott McGillivray Poses With Flipping the Block’s Blue Team

If you had $30,000 to remodel one of the The Block condos, where would the biggest part of your budget go?
The biggest chunk would go to the kitchen for sure. I’d spend at least 30% of the budget in that room.

What’s the biggest mistake you’re seeing the contestants make in their renovation? What are they doing that impresses you most?
The biggest mistake is probably cutting corners to try and finish on time, which affects the quality. This goes back to needing more planning before the execution. What impresses me the most is how far they could push the budget. They didn’t have a lot to work with, and they made it go a long way.

If you were asked to flip one of The Block condos, who would you want as your renovation teammate and why?
If I had to pick from the contestants, I’d probably pick John. They’re all hard workers, but I feel John has the most  persistence and with a couple small tweaks, he work could go really far. If I had to pick someone not on the show, I’d probably go with Genevieve Gorder because I think her design skills and my construction skills would work well together.

So, are you ready to watch a renovation challenge with Scott and Genevieve? Scott returns to Flipping the Block on Sunday, August 17. Catch guest judge Nicole Curtis this Sunday!

Aug 5

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Episode 3

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!

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott on the Flipping the Block Set

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott on Set

What did the neighbors of The Block think about having an HGTV show filming on their street?
We tried to be very respectful of the neighbors, so we tried to stay off of their front lawns, and not have crew members be disrespectful in any way.  However, I’m sure we drove a few of them crazy because we created quite a traffic jam for about two solid months when we were shooting between our equipment, crew and cameras!

David Bromstad Builds a Bookshelf on Set

David Bromstad Builds a Bookshelf on Set

John and Whitney won David’s help during the kitchen challenge. How did the other teams react to the Black Team’s advantage? Everyone was really jealous because they know how talented David is. They also were a little bit envious for the sheer fact that they all like David so much. In addition to being the mentor in this episode, he was also our behind-the-scenes digital reporter so they really knew David very well and enjoyed the time they got to spend with him.

Scott McGillivray - Judge on HGTV's Flipping the Block

Scott McGillivray and His Infamous Notebook

On Scott’s second visit to the set, the contestants are starting to dread seeing his little black notebook. What does he write inside during the judging?
That notebook scared the heck out of all the contestants because Scott took a TON of notes about the quality of the work, the jobs that weren’t finished correctly, value assessments of various repairs and renovations, and more.  He basically was keeping track of the contestants throughout the season.

Flipping the Block - Behind the Scenes at HGTV

A Rare Night Off For the Flipping the Block Cast and Crew

Were there any days off throughout the filming of the series? If so, were the contestants allowed to leave the set individually or as a group?
We had Sundays off so that the contestants could catch up on sleep, get their hair done, go to the supermarket, etc. Other than that we were shooting 24/7. This is a fun picture of Josh Temple, myself, Scott McGillivary and our Executive Producer Megan Bidner out for a rare night out on the town!

Do you have a favorite funny or behind-the-scenes moment from episode 3?
This was the episode where teams started to really build momentum because they finally had quality kitchens to cook in! Anicka and Shauna were quite the chefs. They would make steak dinners at night and be the envy of all the others in terms of their culinary skills!

Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!

Aug 3

Flipping the Block: Pick Your Favorite Kitchen

This week, all four Flipping the Block teams had the chance to attempt the (nearly) impossible: Remodel a whole kitchen in just 6 days. Amazingly, each team finished with a (nearly) complete and stunningly-upgraded kitchen.

The Finished Flipping the Block Kitchens

The Finished Flipping the Block Kitchens

So, which was your favorite? Did you think David Bromstad’s help gave John and Whitney an edge? Did you love Shauna and Anicka’s orange-and-cream look, or prefer the twins’ minimalist modern look? Or, did you prefer Curtis and Amanda’s rustic space? Vote for your favorite space in the comments below, then come back tomorrow to see amazing before-and-after pictures, behind-the-scenes videos and more.

Jul 31

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Episode 2

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!

David Bromstad Interviews Producer Loren Ruch

David Bromstad Interviews Producer Loren Ruch

Several blog readers have asked: Will the contestants have time to go back and complete work they didn’t finish during each challenge?
Wouldn’t you like to know?  I’m not going to give away all our secrets…but stay tuned for a bit, and you won’t be disappointed.

Since this is a competition, how secretive were the designers about their respective designs?
They were surprisingly collaborative actually. I was impressed with how respectful they were of each other. They really weren’t very proprietary at all when it came to their designs. That said, they were all so busy on their own places that they barely had a chance to see what the other teams were doing.

What time at night were the contestants and crew typically done? What did the teams usually do in the evenings?
Some of the teams worked late into the evening. We had cameras there 24/7 just in case something happened in the wee hours of the night!

Do you have a favorite funny or behind-the-scenes moment from this episode?
This was our rainy episode. The weather was atrocious and it was a big, wet, muddy mess at the Block. The poor teams had no bathrooms, and it was damp and soggy. I felt absolutely horrible for them in episode two. Luckily, the sun reappeared after this one, and basically stayed the entire rest of the competition!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below — he may just answer you next week.

Jul 27

Flipping the Block: Vote for Your Favorite Bathroom

Are you hooked on Flipping the Block yet? In less than a week, the contestants have arrived at their new (wrecked) homes and remodeled their master bedrooms. But they’ve still got a long renovation journey ahead! This week, they took one step closer to a finished, ready-for-sale condo by remodeling not one but both of the units’ bathrooms.

Each team took a different design approach, and they didn’t skimp on the details, either:

Bathroom Designs From Flipping the Block

Tell me: Which set of bathrooms did you like best? Vote for the Black Team, Silver Team, Blue Team or Red Team now, then see all the before-and-after shots right here tomorrow.

Jul 22

Ask the Producer: Flipping the Block Premiere

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!

Flipping the Block Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott

Producer Loren Ruch With Josh, David and Scott

The contestants didn’t look any too happy about having to sleep in the run-down condos. Were there any funny moments from the first night we didn’t see on screen?
Oh, yes! They were not happy with us at all initially. My favorite moment was when Anicka asked one of our producers, “So, where are we really sleeping tonight?” When we said “This was it” she gave us a look that I could never replicate! When I think about it now I laugh out loud, but back then I was a bit scared one of them might walk!

Speaking of run-down…were they really using those kitchens and bathrooms until they were remodeled?
You better believe it! What you see is what you get! Luckily, the bathrooms were made over in the second week, so they only had ports-potties for a short while.

What was your favorite behind-the-scenes or funny moment from the set of this episode?
By far, my favorite moment was when they saw the units for the first time, and found out they were going to be living in them for the next eight weeks. All I can say is, I don’t know what the heck was going on in those bathrooms before our teams moved in, but it was worse than a horror movie!! Seriously, John and Whitney’s toilet looked like it came from another planet!!!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!

Jul 20

Video: Hang Out With Flipping the Block Stars

Just in time for tonight’s Flipping the Block premiere, we chatted with judge Scott McGillivray, host Josh Temple and behind-the-scenes reporter David Bromstad. They shared all the from-the-set scoop, answered your questions and offered hints to what you’ll see on this all-new series.

Flipping the Block Stars Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad

Flipping the Block Stars Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad

Missed the chat? No worries! You can watch it all on YouTube. Watch the Hangout Now >>

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