The final four tackled another Design Star first: transforming a barren backyard into a modern oasis.
Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to know what happened, please don’t click through.
The designers had only 36 hours and $25,000 to make over the 10,000-square-foot backyard, and Torie volunteered to be the team captain. However, as soon as they started planning, it was clear Antonio was making most of the design decisions.
The big drama this week – the budget debacle. Dan approved the purchase of a $10,000 pergola, which was almost half of their budget. He recalled the rest of team approving the price, but we all heard (since they replayed it four times) him say “$5,000 for the pergola” in the van.
Candice was spot on with her assessment that the pergola carried a high price for an item that didn’t look custom. It was pretty, but not worth it.
When Clive heard of their predicament, he gave them $5,000 more to finish the project.
The end result: a lush yard, cleverly arranged plants that hid the not-so-pretty fence, contemporary new patio furniture and a barbeque that included a gas grill, refrigerator and extra storage. The pool was updated with a new concrete surround and relaxed furnishings.
As always, someone has to leave. Since Torie volunteered to be the team leader, she was ultimately held responsible for the design flaws and budget mishap, so she was sent home tonight.
What do you think? Should the judges have sent home Dan instead?