Carlene Duffy shows off the newly-finished extension to her Queensland home.
Carlene Duffy shows off the newly-finished extension to her Queensland home.

The Block stars stun with ‘biggest reno risk’

WHEN The Block stars Michael and Carlene Duffy began construction on their dream home, there was one design choice they knew could go terribly wrong.

The couple went bold inside and out with their property in Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast and painted the exterior black.

"[It was] The only choice," Carlene told news.com.au about the recently completed project. "It was just a matter of getting the right black because I didn't want it to be confused as a charcoal - I wanted it to be a true black. If the light was shining on it, I didn't want it to lighten. [The paint colour] Is actually called 'blackest black'."

Just last year, footy star Lance "Buddy" Franklin and his model wife Jesinta Franklin copped front page flak when they painted their plush $2.3m home in Sydney's Rose Bay completely black. And Carlene admits the celebrity couple probably didn't get it right.

"She might've missed the mark," she said. "That's probably just the style of that house - it would've been better with a black body and light colours for the trim. If it's all in that particular style it probably just didn't work."

The breeze way and brick tower make up the Duffy’s dream home.
The breeze way and brick tower make up the Duffy’s dream home.

She added: "In the right setting and with the right design, it can work. We did it with the brick to break it up and, with the greenery all around, we knew it would work. We knew it would be a risk and a bold statement."

The light-filled breezeway connects the new extension to the original property.
The light-filled breezeway connects the new extension to the original property.

It's been the biggest project to date for Michael and Carlene, who bought the Queensland property eight years ago.

The new extension includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and brick tower that features a rumpus room and office space. A sun-drenched breezeway links the extension to the original two-level home which contains the kitchen, living room, dining room and extra bedrooms.

While the original abode is yet to be renovated, Carlene says they plan to "flip" another property before they complete stage two of their "forever home".

The master bedroom, decorated in earthy tones, is Carlene’s favourite room.
The master bedroom, decorated in earthy tones, is Carlene’s favourite room.

The sun-drenched interiors of the new extension feature dark timbers, exposed brick, glass walls and bronze fixtures.

"It's true to our style in that it's quite eclectic - a heap of texture with the brick and the VJ wall panelling," she said.

"We pulled from different styles and applied it in a way that's unique. Because this is going to be our forever home we felt comfortable borrowing from multiple styles and making it what we wanted."

While Carlene's favourite room is the master bedroom, she's also proud of the hallway.

"It's come together really lovely with the windows on one side and the brick and the rug," she said. "It's the only white space - I don't usually do a lot of white."

Carlene relaxes in the sun-drenched hallway.
Carlene relaxes in the sun-drenched hallway.
Michael and Carlene unveil the new extension to their family home.
Michael and Carlene unveil the new extension to their family home.
Glass walls and timber panels bring the outside indoors.
Glass walls and timber panels bring the outside indoors.
Bold colours, clashing patterns and mixed textures achieve Carlene’s eclectic style.
Bold colours, clashing patterns and mixed textures achieve Carlene’s eclectic style.


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