Liz Gray

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Aug 21

Get a Sneak Peek of Flipping the Block Episode 6

It’s time for the final room renovation on The Block: The living room! It’s the heart of the home and the first thing buyers will see when they walk in. Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis makes a return visit to the set this week to judge the rooms.

Flipping the Block Hosts and Judges

Josh Temple, Nicole Curtis and David Bromstad

But that’s not all the contestants are tackling this week. See what else the teams will take on during the 7-day challenge in the sneak peek after the jump.

Watch a Sneak Peek

Aug 20

Now Casting: Season 2 of Flipping the Block

Do you spend all of your free time giving major makeovers to your home and the homes of friends and family? Think you could do better than the current crop of renovation teams? Apply now to appear on season two of Flipping the Block and you could have a chance to prove it on HGTV — and win $50,000!

Flipping the Block Season 2 - Apply Now

HGTV is looking for dynamic and handy teams of two who are unafraid to get their hands dirty and flip a house. Think you fit the bill? Pairs of friends, family, co-workers, etc. should apply at www.jscasting.com.

Good luck!

Aug 20

Watch Full Episodes on HGTVWatch

Miss an episode of Flipping the Block? You can watch the entire season — plus many more of your favorite HGTV shows — in our free HGTV Watch App.

Watch Full Episodes of Flipping the Block on HGTV Watch

Log in with the username and password you use for your cable provider’s online services, then pop some popcorn and catch up on your iPhone or iPad. You can also catch the premiere episode of Flipping the Block right here on HGTV.com for free, or watch select HGTV full episodes online.

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Aug 19

Flipping the Block: Ask the Producer Episode 5

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!

Host Josh Temple With Blue Team Craig and Brian Wellborn

Host Josh Temple With Blue Team Craig and Brian Wellborn

Blog reader DB Coop asks: Which team do you think was the best at listening to advice from Josh, David and the judges throughout the competition?
That’s a good question. In general I think that all of the teams took Josh, David and the judges’ opinions seriously, but John and Whitney seemed to be the most closely aligned with David Bromstad because they won him for the day, so they were definitely on his side when it came to following his lead.

What was it about John and Whitney’s guest bedroom that put it over the top for Scott?
Scott thought it was a very thoughtful use of space. Even though it was a smaller room than the other units (because they had enlarged the bathroom), it still felt large, well-planed out, and nicely designed.

How much were the teams able to talk to their families and friends while on the set?
They could talk with them a few times a week during evenings and Sunday’s. During the day time they were focused entirely on the competition.

What was your favorite behind-the-scenes or funny moment from the set of episode 5?
Getting to see John and Whitney pose for HGTV Magazine was a lot of fun! It gave them a taste of being ‘celebrities’! (Note: Catch the feature in the October issue!)

John and Whitney Spinks After Their Guest Bedroom Win on Flipping the Block

John and Whitney Spinks After Their Guest Bedroom Win

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

Aug 18

Behind the Scenes: Flipping the Block Episode 5

David Bromstad is the ideal behind-the-scenes reporter: He’s sweet enough that all of the contestants want to spill all their renovation secrets and funny enough to make you laugh. Plus, he’s full of designer know-how. This week, things got a little tense on the set after John and Whitney pulled off their third Flipping the Block win. David was there to capture it all.

David Bromstad and Scott McGillivray - Flipping the Block

How did the other contestants take the news? Well…take a look.

Who were you rooting for in this week’s bedroom challenge? Tell me in the comments below.

Aug 18

Vote For Your Favorite Guest Bedroom

The stakes are higher and the budgets smaller each week on Flipping the Block! Last night, the four duos tackled the guest bedrooms in their respective condos for a chance to win $5,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine. Some teams went bold (Shauna and Anicka!) and others kept it neutral (twins Craig and Brian.) Meanwhile, Amanda was literally dumpster diving to create a homey, rustic space. So, tell me, which team gets your vote?

Flipping the Block Guest Bedrooms

See all the Flipping the Block guest bedrooms in the before-and-after photo gallery.

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!

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