‘Rock the Block’ Season 5 Heats Up As Teams Tackle Outdoor Spaces and Pools

Bryan and Sarah Baeumler win multiple times in Season 5 of 'Rock the Block,' even when judged by their co-stars.

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Apr. 9 2024, Updated 7:37 a.m. ET

Four teams are getting a second shot at glory in Rock the Block Season 5, the latest installment of the HGTV competition series in which duos compete to add the most value to neighboring homes under a strict budget.

During this seven-episode season, “the pressure will be at an all-time high as HGTV powerhouse duos return to the Block seeking a renovation showdown to settle old scores and achieve victory — winning bragging rights and a street named in their honor,” the cable network teases.

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The competitors who are renovating waterfront homes in Treasure Island, Fla., this season are renovation experts Bryan and Sarah Baeumler (Battle on the Beach), home renovation partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block), real estate experts and twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis (Unsellable Houses), and real estate broker Page Turner and contractor Mitch Glew (Fix My Flip).

Here’s a recap of the competition so far by episode…

Episode 1 — Kitchen Redemption

Rock the Block Season 5 kicked off on March 4, 2024, with host Ty Pennington telling the teams this edition’s twist. In this season, the four teams aren’t renovating four separate houses; they’re renovating two sets of two attached homes, as Heavy reports. That means each team has another team working on the other side of a central wall and will have to collaborate with that team on the backyard design.

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For their first challenge, though, the teams designed kitchens and dining rooms for their homes’ first levels. Rock the Block Season 3 champions Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate) swung by to judge the results, and they gave the Episode 1 win to Page and Mitch. Egypt and Mike liked the bi-fold window of Page and Mitch’s coastal-chic kitchen design as well as the grocery lift, per Heavy.

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Episode 2 — Living Room Redemption

In Season 5, Episode 2 on March 11, Ty had the teams shift their focus to the living room. This time, it was up to Season 2 champs Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home) to select the winners of the episode, and they announced the series’ first-ever tie, according to Country Living.

Brian and Mika liked Keith and Evan’s “warm and comfortable” design and its space optimization, but they also appreciated Sarah and Bryan’s floating ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. And so Brian and Mika had both teams share the victory.

“It feels great,” Evan said. “It would be nice to fully win, but I’ll take it.”

Added Keith, “I’m glad to share it with Bryan and Sarah, but it’s still a little disappointing.”

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Judging by comments on HGTV’s Instagram post about Episode 2’s results, fans weren’t happy about the tie.

“Two bedrooms and bathrooms — Keith and Evan should have won, no tie,” one user wrote. “You can see the disappointment on their face[s].”

Someone else commented, “Keith [and] Evan clearly won. A tie? Just pick one.”

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And a third viewer said that Keith and Evan were robbed. “I normally love Brian and Mika, but a tie? Really?!” that commenter wrote. “If these judges don’t get better, I’m done.”

Episode 3 — Main Suite

In the third episode of Season 5, which aired on March 18, 2024, the teams were introduced to the Main Suite Redemption challenge. Tasked with renovating the master bedroom, bathroom, and closet, Keith and Evan went into the challenge with a $2,000 bonus from last week’s victory. With it, they were able to install a bidet for their toilet, per Heavy, and even added a coffee station in the closet.

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The guys also wanted to add a fireplace to the closet and behind it, create a door leading to the laundry room. As for Lyndsay and Leslie, they upgraded the bathroom to give it more of a spa-like feel equipped with a cold plunge pool and sauna. Page and Mitch screened in the balcony on the third floor and transformed the main bathroom into “one big wet room.”

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Bryan and Sarah downsized the closet and aimed to incorporate two individual vanities into the bathroom, along with installing a window in the shower area.

Kristina Crestin from Farmhouse Fixer appeared as the guest judge and declared Page and Mitch the winners of Season 5, Episode 3 of Rock the Block. They received a $3,000 bonus to put towards next week’s renovation project.

Episode 4 — Backyard Redemption

Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt returned to select the winners of this fun backyard showdown in which teams were tasked with redefining stale outdoor spaces and pool areas.

Bryan and Sarah turned their space into an entertainer's paradise. They added a fountain on the side of the pool and decided to make their outdoor patio an entertainment space. They decked it out with a spiral staircase to the balcony above and a grilling space with countertops and a full sink.

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Meanwhile, Page and Mitch included a hot tub and a shallow submerged sundeck in their pool design. They wanted to base their design around a cabana in their patio space, adding a hanging daybed (nodding to Page’s hanging swing seats from the basement kitchen in their season 4 design), checkered pavers to line the floor, and a fireplace in the corner.

Keith and Evan also decided to add a hot tub and line their outdoor space with pavers to eliminate the greenery and reduce maintenance. They planned to add a full grill, dining table, and living space to the patio area.

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Lyndsay and Leslie had a vision for a “curvy sexy” pool. They wanted to include a lot of seating to make their pool feel like a resort. They also added a hot tub. The ladies also opted to add turf instead of real grass for simpler maintenance. On their patio, they decided to add a “tiki bar” and grill, as well as an outdoor shower and mosquito screens to ensure the space could be enjoyed.

They ultimately chose Lyndsay and Leslie's outdoor space as the winner of the Backyard Redemption challenge. This is Lyndsay and Leslie's first win this season, and luckily for them, they earned a cool $4,000 to put towards next week’s challenge.

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Episode 5 — Exteriors Redemption

In Season 5, Episode 5, which aired on April 1, 2024, the teams had to transform their outdoor spaces into spots worthy of some serious exterior entertaining. And after wowing the judges already with swanky pools and patios, this exterior challenge was a little different, which made every team bring their A-game. However, as with every episode, only one team could take the win in the Rock the Block episode.

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Bryan and Sarah Baeumler used their plain balcony to create an outdoor living space to rival that of the inside space they already made.

They added couches, chairs, a casual dining space, and a new updated railing, but the biggest change was a $8,550 fireplace. And, luckily for them, the price tag was worth it in the end, since Bryan and Sarah won Rock the Block this week.

Aside from the balcony, Sarah and Bryan spent $1,120 on their dock, which Sarah was certain would get them the win for the week.

“I’ve never imagined how I would live coastally, but I think this is it,” host Michel Smith Boyd said. “The level of thought and detail is beyond, from the plants to the art project walking through and on that dock. I don’t know, Sarah, you really make me want to be a better designer.”

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Episode 6 — Surprise Bedroom Redemption

As the surprise space of the season, teams had to build and design a bedroom and bathroom on the second floor of their respective properties. And they also had just 15 minutes to shop for their supplies. No pressure, right?

Another twist in an already intense episode had the teams all judging each other's work. And in the end, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler took home yet another win because of their attention to detail with the bedroom and bathroom combo they created.

A renovated bathroom and bedroom on Rock the Block
Source: HGTV
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Sarah managed to soften the space and create a bedroom for two, with a crib, bed, and even a crafting desk. While she was busy with this, Bryan created a kid-friendly bathroom to go with the bedroom.

And Lyndsay Lamb sang praises for the renovation when she and the other teams got to scoring.

“I loved [that] you made the bold choice of a large light fixture," she said. "I also loved that you staged it with livability.”

See how the competition evolves — and whether there will be any more ties — as Rock the Block Season 5 continues on Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST on HGTV.

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