Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

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!

Posted at 8:47 pm

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  1. If Scott and Genevieve team up for a renovation challenge, Liz, will you put my name at the top of the list for a kitchen and bathroom makeover? After ten years, the kitchen is dated and the three bathrooms need upgrading. Just let me know when they can schedule me in… later this year would be perfect. ^_^

    As a bonus, they'll get to enjoy the Palm Springs lifestyle, temperate winter climate with plenty of sunshine and blue skies, great dining options and lots of outdoor activities!

    In the meantime, I'll be watching 'Flipping the Block' and keeping an eye on which team powers ahead to take the series win.

    DBCoop on August 7, 2014 at 10:13 am
    • Scott + Genevieve in Palm Springs?! I think we'd all be watching that. ;)

      Liz_HGTV on August 8, 2014 at 11:01 am
  2. How about Scott & Geneiveve at the beach in Encinitas, CA.
    My house needs them desperately!
    It's got great bones but it's a couple of decades behind the times!

    MerMer on August 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm
  3. Could by any chance Scott and Genevieve redo an RV? Just wondering, please reply back to me.

    anonymous on August 10, 2014 at 8:37 am
  4. why are all the shows in california? or metro areas? I live in iowa and could use some advice with a kitchen /bathroom that is 27 yrs old! I would supply fried chicken and corn on the cob picnic!

    marlene on August 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm