Brad and Lara: Couple bio
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STYLE: TBC… they’re still deciding
When Brad and Lara, both 30, met five years ago in a pub near their home town of East Maitland in NSW, they bonded over a common love of Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters and sport. They have never looked back.
After two years of travelling, the duo have settled back in their mining town, Lara works as a physical education teacher at the local high school, and Brad works a fitter and machinist in one of the mines.
They’re coming into the competition with a bit of renovating experience, having already relocated and refurbished two houses on vacant land, as well as completing the renovation and extension of an old weatherboard house.
“We did all the painting, polished the floorboards, supervised all the plumbing and installed a new kitchen and bathroom,” says Lara. “Not to mention that it was done on a strict budget and carried out in just six months,” Brad declares. “It was our own mini-Block experience.”
When it comes to renovating, they agree that Lara is the more creative one, while Brad is the more practical. “Brad is very handy and always has a willingness to learn,” says Lara.
“I’m a jack of all trades but a master of none. We’ve still got a lot of learning to do and hopefully we can do that on The Block,” says Brad.
According to Brad, Lara’s got great organisational skills, but can become a little erratic and emotional if things start to go wrong. Lara admits that Brad is the calm one, but thinks he gets distracted too easily.
The couple may have issues to resolve when it comes to deciding on a design theme, with Lara labelling her style as modern contemporary and Brad describing his as classic federation. “We’ll probably meet in the middle somewhere. That’s what usually happens. Doesn’t everyone?” asks Brad.
Aside from renovating, Lara and Brad, who played first grade rugby league until sidelined by injury four years ago, spend their weekends at home watching sport and gardening.
If they win The Block, they plan to use the prize money to take an extended holiday to Canada and South America.