The first Reno Rumble elimination round has caused a bitter controversy with Redbacks Michael & Carlene booted from the competition after an upset victory by the Blue Tongues.

Leading up to the decision it appeared that it would be an easy win for the former Blockheads who cruised to the finish line while the Blue Tongues struggled to have their home ready by reveal time.

Despite their frantic finish, the Blue Tongues managed to fulfil the contemporary coastal theme beautifully, with brothers Nick & Chris tasked with creating a spacious kitchen with a coastal feel that would serve as an entertainer's dream.

Their Freedom Kitchen boasted a muted colour palette of whites and greys with light reflecting through glass cabinet doors and mirrored splashback answers all the key criteria. It is light and airy with masses of storage and the central island bench, clad in Caesarstone Sleek Concrete, serves as the ideal preparation and gathering spot for this busy household.

Next door, it was Ayden & Jess from the Redbacks who had the pleasure of working with Freedom Kitchens to redesign the dated kitchen for the homeowners in a timeless combination of black and white.

The kitchen itself left the judges speechless with long expansive benchtops in Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo – with its marble-like appearance – which ties together the simple colour palette of white, grey and black. Copper accents add an additional layer of elegant-luxe.

Ample storage, ambience lighting and bi-fold window to the outdoors means this is a kitchen that will stand the test of time.

It went down to the wire with just one point separating the Blue Tongues from the Redbacks, Kyal & Kara were saved by their immunity after plummeting from the top of the ladder to last place - leaving Michael & Carlene as the shock first exit of the competition.

Nick & Chris, Contemporary Coastal


  • Cabinetry in Alaskan Gloss White and Impressions Alaskan Nuance
  • Caesarstone® benchtop in Sleek Concrete with 20mm edge
  • Hettich InnoTech Drawer System

Ayden & Jess, Modern Classic


  • Cabinetry in Iceland White and Newbury Baye
  • Caesarstone® benchtop in Calacatta Nuvo with 20mm edge
  • Hettich InnoTech Drawer System

Kitchens by Freedom Kitchens