• Designer's edge - renovating with Kyal and Kara


    Masters of style and craftsmanship, Kyal and Kara share inspirational advice and clever interior design tips to add edge to your home.


    We've all seen their winning renovation on the hit TV series The Block, but what about their personal style away from the cameras?

    Kyle and Kara, show us their most prized renovation yet, as they welcome us into their very own home.

    G'day I'm Kyle, and I'm Kara, and before the block, we'd just finished our own home reno.  Trust me, it didn't look like this when we bought it.  So today we're going to show you how you can have your own great Australian Dream.  

    Hopefully you'll be inspired by what we've created inside, so come on in.

    Before we even bought our home, we could see the potential.  But it all really sunk in the day we got our key and turned the lock.  It was 40 degrees.  The house had been boarded up for a couple of months and it was a dump.  I  really had to trust Kyle that he knew what he was doing from a carpentry point of view and I suppose I had to rely on her to come up with some awesome designs for her first time, but I reckon you did all right. Thank you.

    With this renovation, the home ended just here, and we wanted to create as much space as we could, so we went out as far as we could.  We also wanted two living areas, so by lifting the pitch of the ceiling, we were able to create our second living space upstairs.

    When it came time to doing our lounge room, we really wanted to create a nice little feature.  So what we've done is we've used the same Oregon shelving we used in the kitchen.  So when it comes time to renovating for yourself, try and think of ways you can link rooms together.  It really will help the house flow as you move through.

    My style is quite natural and simple.  I do enjoy throwing in pops of colour here and there, and I like using things such as a copper tap to make a statement.  For me it's a structural element so whether it's our thickened concrete bench tops or our recycled timber shelving, or even our high pitch ceilings, if somebody can walk in, and have that appreciation of our attention to detail, that's what means the most to us, and we're on the right track.

    So when we designed this kitchen we wanted to do something a little bit different. So with the bench top, we did this waterfall side down the edge there and also created a really significant miter.  With the recess we've got the timber in there so the timber floors really complement that, although it looks really nice and it helps for circulation space, it's also really practical as well.  You really can't go wrong with simple white cabinetry and a plain bench top.  Then you can really make a statement with your tiled splashback.

    When it came to lighting this area, we wanted something that would be a real standout feature.  So we're able to create these awesome timber pendants with the recycled materials from our own backyard. As you can imagine, we saved a heap of money and you should always look for opportunities to recycle something out of your own renovation.

    Whether it's three months on The Block, or three years at home, the end result really is worth it.  Three years is how long it took, but it was three good years.

    Anyway we've hope you enjoyed the tour of our home.  We will be going through plenty of other styling and decorating tips throughout the series, but for now see you later.

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    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich

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