"I'm absolutely blown away."
Deb Saunders is talking about the fantastic feedback she and husband Andy have been receiving from the three judges on The Block, especially when it came to their kitchen and living and dining room.
"One of the judges, Shaynna Blaze, has suggested I could do interior design professionally which was an incredible feeling and was unexpected," said Deb.
"I did not go into this competition thinking I had it all worked out, I knew it'd be a massive learning curve.
"Shaynna has only ever told two other contestants the same as she just told me and that was Alisa and Lysandra, who left their jobs as police women and went on to have very successful interior design careers."
The two other judges, Neale Whitaker and Darren Palmer, recently appeared on The Today Show and when asked which house was their favourite they chose Deb and Andy's.
"I only hope this translates to a great sale come auction time. We hope all the houses do very well at auction. That would be amazing."
Deb said at this point in the competition, just over halfway, she and Andy were extremely tired.
"It's so full on. As an avid watcher of The Block I thought I knew what it would be like.
"You can never know until you do this exactly what you're in for and there is absolutely no way of preparing.
"It will test your mental and physical strength, your relationship and every ounce of patience in you.
"It is so stressful and you want to leave one minute and then it's absolutely incredible the next and you're on top of the world.
"An amazing opportunity but not for the faint-hearted."
This year's The Block is twice the size of previous years.
"This proved to be difficult for everyone involved from contestants and our trades to crew, sponsors and everyone in between.
"You could see everyone being overcome by exhaustion and you will notice this when watching us, you can't miss those bags under my eyes!"
Deb said the eight other contestants they did The Block with this year are incredibly strong and wonderful people.
"We have been told we will go down as the Block Heads who've done the biggest block ever.
"I'm proud to have worked alongside this crew who never gave up, including Andy who was absolutely amazing and worked incredibly hard. He lost 10kg which I've never seen him do in the 28 years I've known him."
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