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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 >>

Jul 20

Flipping the Block: Which Bedroom Did You Like Best?

Did you tune in to the premiere episode of Flipping the Block? Tonight, we met all 8 loveable competitors, and we got a look at the (truly awful) condos they’ll be living in as they remodel. They have everything: Bugs, brown water, holes in the walls..oh yeah, and lots of potential. After crafting a temporary sleep space with air mattresses, each team got to work on the first challenge: The master bedroom. Here’s a peek at the designs from each team:

Bedroom Designs: Flipping the Block on HGTV

Which bedroom renovation did you prefer: Black Team Whitney and John, Red Team Anicka and Shauna, Silver Team Curtis and Amanda or Blue Team Brian and Craig? Cast your vote in the comments below, then check back tomorrow for before-and-after photos and behind-the-scenes videos with David Bromstad.

Jul 18

Flipping the Block: Series Premiere Sneak Peek

Would you sign up to spend 8 weeks of your life on an HGTV renovation show — without knowing the premise or the prize? That’s exactly what the four brave Flipping the Block teams did: Until they set foot on the Flipping the Block property, they had no idea that they would be renovating run-down condos…and living in the construction dust.

Flipping the Block Contestants Arrive at The Block

How did they deal with the news? Well…some people handled it better than others. Click through to watch their reactions to the dirty, run-down properties, and see what else is coming up on Sunday’s premiere.

See a Sneak Peek of Sunday’s Episode

Jul 18

Ask the Flipping the Block Producer: Get to Know the Show

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 and what you didn’t see on TV. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show! Just in time for Sunday’s premiere, here’s his take on the exciting new show.

Flipping the Block 2014 - Go Behind the Scenes on Set

Behind-the-Scenes Host David Bromstad Interviews Loren on Set

What’s the story behind this new HGTV show? What’s this show’s relationship to the Australian hit, “The Block”?
The premise of the show Flipping the Block is that four teams of talented competitors get the opportunity to flip four identical condos…all while living in them! These places were absolute DUMPS, so that made the challenge even more difficult. Basically, they turned a rundown complex into a modern day Melrose Place. This is the US-version of the highly popular Australian show called The Block.

How did you narrow down the pool of applicants to the final group of 8? What qualities were you looking for in pairings?
We had almost 1000 people (500 teams) apply to be on the show. We wanted a variety of applicants from different regions, backgrounds, skill sets, and relationships. We have a team with twin brothers, a team with sisters, a newly dating couple, and newlyweds — so there’s a little bit of everything. As for skill sets, we made sure that all of the teams had some level of tool skills, real estate knowledge, or design capabilities so that there would not be an obvious winner, and it could be anyone’s game.

How much did the contestants know before going into this experience? When did they learn about the true premise of the show?
They didn’t know ANYTHING about living in the properties. All they knew was that they were going to appear on an all-new HGTV renovation show! That made the first moment when they saw the Block that much more shocking and exciting!

How did HGTV find the properties being renovated for this project? What were you looking for in the property itself?
We had a real estate expert scour the LA market looking for the perfect property. When she found this four-plex in Glendale we knew it was our perfect pick because all four units were identical, and the places were run down enough that there was room for real transformation.

How did you choose Scott McGillivray and Nicole Curtis as the show’s judges?
This was a no-brainer to me. Scott is the absolute king of everything ‘real estate’ and Nicole is one of our biggest stars with an incredible knowledge of historical preservation -and– house flipping. Combined, they were the perfect choices to real advise and ultimately judge each week’s challenge.

Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below.

Jul 17

Flipping the Block Premieres This Sunday!

The wait is finally over: HGTV’s all-new series Flipping the Block premieres this Sunday, July 20 at 9/8c. Tune in to meet the 4 teams you’ll come to know and love (trust me!) and hang out with HGTV faves like judge Scott McGillivray, host Josh Temple and digital reporter David Bromstad.

Flipping the Block Premiere

Scott McGillivray, Josh Temple and David Bromstad on Set

This all-new competition series will follow 4 duos as they renovate and decorate 4 identical condos — all while living in the construction dust! Sound exciting? Oh, just wait until you see this:

Once the (crazy bad!) condos have been totally transformed, they’ll be sold at a live auction to the highest bidders. The team with the highest sale price will take home the ultimate prize: $50,000 dollars, plus, of course, serious bragging rights.

So, will you be watching? Tune in this Sunday, July 20, at 9/8c.

Jun 25

Scott McGillivray & Nicole Curtis Bring Expert Advice to Flipping the Block

You’ve met Flipping the Block host Josh Temple and online host David Bromstad. But wait — there’s even more HGTV star power in this summer’s all-new renovation showdown! Each week, Income Property host Scott McGillivray or Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis will offer their remodeling expertise to all four teams, then ultimately decide the winner of each week’s challenge.

Flipping the Block Host Josh Temple, Online Host David Bromstad and Judge/Expert Scott McGillivray

Host Josh Temple, Online Host David Bromstad and Judge/Expert Scott McGillivray

Scott brings more than a decade of smart, value-adding renovations to investment properties, while Nicole brings a passion for giving historic properties new life.

Flipping the Block Stars Josh Temple, Nicole Curtis and David Bromstad

Josh Temple, Judge/Expert Nicole Curtis, David Bromstad

Time and budget restrictions mean the four teams will have to work even harder to impress Scott and Nicole. “These teams do not have the luxury of time or an endless budget — they must rely on the experience that helped them get here and deliver results that real home buyers will want,” said Nicole in a recent press release for the show.

What will Scott be looking for in the renovations? “As a judge, I’m most concerned with the room’s finished look, the quality of the work and the overall value each team adds to the condo,” said Scott in the same release.

What do you hope Scott and Nicole bring to Flipping the Block? What questions do you have for these huge HGTV stars? Let us know in the comments below.

May 20

Flipping the Block: Meet the Teams

In HGTV’s all-new show Flipping the Block, four teams of skilled competitors join forces on on extraordinary renovation. They’ll demo, reno and transform four run-down condos into move-in ready show pieces…all while living amidst the construction dust!

In the end, the team that gets the highest bid for their condo unit at auction, minus what they spent from their design budget, will win the $50,000 prize. Host Josh Temple and behind-the-scenes reporter David Bromstad will talk you through all the action, and reno experts Scott McGillvray and Nicole Curtis will help and critique the contestants along the way. It all starts Sunday, July 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

So, who would be brave (or crazy) enough to compete in this high-stakes challenge? Meet the teams.

Flipping the Block on HGTV - Season 1 Cast and Host Josh Temple

Flipping the Block Season 1 Cast With Host Josh Temple

Clockwise from top right:

THE BLUE TEAM
Craig Welborn and Brian Welborn
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Relationship: Twin brothers

THE RED TEAM
Anicka Jones Marshall and Shauna Jones Williams
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Relationship: Sisters

THE SILVER TEAM
Curtis Goldin and Amanda Marks
Hometown: Coronado, California
Relationship: Dating one year

THE BLACK TEAM
John and Whitney Spinks
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Relationship: Married

Check back next week for behind-the-scenes videos and photos straight from the set of Flipping the Block.

May 1

Live Auction: You Could Buy an HGTV-Designed Condo!

Are you a potential homebuyer living in the Los Angeles area? Now’s your chance to own a little bit of HGTV history! Four unique condominium homes designed by HGTV are being sold at a local live auction on Saturday, May 17 at 11am.

Located on a quiet tree-lined street in the center of beautiful Glendale, CA, these designer homes have been completely redone inside and out, as part of an upcoming new lifestyle series on HGTV. (More details coming soon!)

Interior 1: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 2: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 3: HGTV-designed condo living area

Interior 4: HGTV-designed condo living area

To attend this exclusive event, you must fill out a registration form and be pre-approved. Learn how you can participate, get location details, and download registration forms here.

Happy Bidding!

Keep checking back here for more information about this all-new competition series.