"I said and did everything that was happening. I think it's really pretty much us to a T. Andy's trying to keep some humour in there and I'm trying to keep my head above water."
Deb Saunders said the high pressure situation of renovation television show The Block has taught her and husband Andy a lot about themselves and what is being shown in the broadcast by Channel Nine is a good portrayal.
"It's real and raw. At that stage of the competition we were still getting used to speaking to camera. It's far removed from what we're used to doing.
"The worksite is nothing like we've ever seen. Hundreds of people and obviously working alongside other teams and our tradies coming and going," she said.
"It's certainly not lost on me how amazing this opportunity was and we were grateful just getting on there."
Week one the five teams were tasked with building and completing a guest bedroom in four days as well as an ensuite by the end of the week.
Andy and Deb, Team Green, are renovating terrace number three and were one of three teams who didn't finish their bedroom before judging. "We managed to build a bedroom but we didn't finish our painting or our furniture because we ran out of time. A (game changing) safe (with prizes) was on offer but we had to deliver a bedroom and ensuite in one week. We rebuilt the walls and had to do it all in a week. It's an astronomical task."
But the pair had a plan.
"There was a little bit of method," said Deb. "We knew the safe was on offer but when you're dealing with wet rooms it's really important to run the long game. Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. We chose a really beautiful tile. It costs a whole lot more to replace tiles than it does to repaint a wall or change furniture or an artwork.
"We did put effort into both rooms but we were more considered when it came to the bathroom."
They also decided that the ensuite wouldn't take up much room, because it was for a guest bedroom.
Their choices worked for them, winning the ensuite judging and receiving $10,000 towards their budget.
Deb said The Block has been an amazing experience with incredible people. "It's hard and there's lots of pressure.
"We have an incredible, incredible team. Our tradies are second to none. They did really good quality work."
Also making the experience a positive one was the show's production crew.
"I kind of felt a family vibe, I guess you could say.
"A lot of people on the production side have all worked together for a really long time and everyone was really, really approachable, from the executive producers right down, No matter who you were talking to, trying to work something out with somebody, it was easy, which you wouldn't expect.
"It's absolutely incredible what they do. They make wonderful film out of crazy stressed people."
This week viewers are watching the teams renovate a formal living room.
Deb has had a lot of radio interviews since their win on Sunday night and also had the opportunity to appear on the Weekend Today Show to style a bedroom using Kmart and Target products. "It was great, lots of fun. It looked beautiful."
Andy is currently in Scotland performing sold out shows with the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. "They've had lots of sold out shows and that's so hard to do and they weren't expecting that to happen," said Deb.
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