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New angle for DIY show

WA-PRODUCED DIY program Nuts and Bolts has taken the lead provided by other lifestyle series in its decision to renovate a house from scratch and auction the finished product.

The Nuts and Bolts team aims to emulate the highly successful series The Block, which screened on the Nine Network recently.

The location of the Perth property to be renovated has yet to be confirmed.

The property will be auctioned at the end of the series, but unlike the homes in The Block, the proceeds of the sale will go to Telethon.

Producer and co-host David Moran is excited about the project, and says the show will be “bigger and better”.

The Channel Seven series will focus on renovating the property so it is energy and water efficient, both inside and out, by dealing with issues in the design elements including orientation, insulation and building materials.

Mr Moran said using water-efficient plants and appliances were among the ways the house would be made to be more energy and water efficient.

The design theme of a house did not have to be compromised to accommodate these measures, he said.

Mr Moran told WA Business News Nuts and Bolts had decided to move in this direction for the next series in order to keep it refreshing and interesting.

“[Nuts and Bolts is] different to The Block in that it deals with different issues by showing people how to do it themselves,” he said.

Sponsors and volunteers were important to the show’s success, he said, and already BankWest and real estate agency Century 21 have come on board.

The production also has the support of the Water Corporation and the WA State Government Office of Energy.

While the house renovations would take up a significant part of each episode, Mr Moran said the program would maintain its familiar format, with him, Dene Irvin and Kate Main conducting project workshops. Mr Moran said the new series of Nuts and Bolts should begin late November or early December.

The Block was one of the highest rating programs on Australian television this year, with the final episode attracting more than 3.1 million viewers.

The newly renovated properties at Bondi in Sydney were auctioned last month.

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