We had a chat with The Block fan favourites Kyal and Kara Demmrich about their design inspirations, advice for would-be renovators, and their life after The Block.
When did you discover your passion for renovating?
Our passion for renovating started when we were about 18. Kyal
was working as a carpenter and pulled some old Oregon weatherboards off an old house he was working on. He brought them home, and we made a huge frame for an old mirror. We realised at that point how we could recycle materials and make some really cool furniture. We bought our first home a couple of years later and got the chance to put some of these skills to action, we got addicted to the transformation process and the rest is history!
Who are your biggest design inspirations?
From an interior design point of view, Hecker Guthrie and his team are so amazing at creating beautiful spaces. They are definitely an awesome team of inspiring, creative people. Mark Tuckey and his team are inspiring, we love that their simple timber designs are always fresh and they use recycled timber and sustainably managed forestry sources. Architectural Digest is also an awesome place to go and get inspiration from around the world.
What is the best piece of renovation advice you learned from your time on The Block?
We learnt a lot about time casino online management and planning on The Block. Good quality workmanship can happen if you are pre-planning, are organised and have a great team behind you. In the “real world” its not always possible to turn a bathroom around as quickly as we do on The Block, however we learnt to be more efficient with our time, and we have taken a few of these skills into our own business.
What do you think would-be renovators should know before undertaking a home transformation?
First time renovators should know that you can”t complete a quality home renovation without professional tradesmen. It”s important for people to realise that there are a lot of things that you just can”t do without a professional, for example plumbing, electrical, structural carpentry work and tiling. It’s cheaper, and safer, in the long run to get a professional to complete these things. Planning is also important, not only in terms of layout and aesthetics, but also setting a budget. Also be clear as to what your goals are. Are you renovating to sell, as a “stepping stone” or is this your “dream home”? Thinking about these will help to ensure you don”t over-capitalise or have regrets about choices you are making.
What interior trends are hot at
the moment, and what do you predict to come into fashion?
Copper and brass are really hot at the moment, whether that is fixtures and fittings such as pendants and tap ware, or something a little less permanent, like copper candle holders or table lamps for styling. I predict we will be seeing some exciting new concepts in bathroom fitting designs, such as tapware of different finishes and colours. I can also see some Moroccan inspired designs making a come back in interior soft finishes and patterned tiles.
How is life after the Block? Tell us a bit about your new business.
Life after The Block has been very exciting for us! We have launched our own design and construct business Diverse Design & Construct. We offer a range of services including renovations, new builds, commercial and retail fit out and custom bespoke pieces. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline. We also have some great DIY videos coming later in the year, for those looking to undertake some small projects of their own. You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for updates on projects.
We are also ambassadors for some great companies, including Bisley Workwear and Beaumont Tiles. This month Kyal and I are involved in a great initiative, “National Tradies Health Month” run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and sponsored by Steel Blue Boots, it”s all about educating tradesmen on the importance of better health and safety.