Block 2019 contestant Jesse Raeburn on his home improvement plans and becoming a dad


When Jesse Raeburn finished The block in 2019 alongside partner Mel, he thought life was going to slow down.

But three years later, he’s busier than ever working in real estate, presenting on TV Open Homes Australia and renovate the house he shares with Mel.

And most exciting of all, he’s eight weeks away from becoming a dad.

Open Homes Australia airs Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on 9Life.

“I hope when the baby comes I can have some time off to enjoy the peace and quiet in the new house,” he told 9Entertainment.

Mel and Jesse celebrated their baby girl at a recent baby shower. (Instagram)

Until then, Jesse and Mel strive to finish their house as well as possible before their baby girl arrives.

The house they are renovating is a Victorian property, so Jesse, who got his owner builder license for the project, is going hard with the period features in the front part of the house, while the back half will be styled contemporary.

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Jesse and Mel do much of the work themselves alongside a trades team.

“I was involved in the construction throughout the process, but I will be doing all my own tiling. I am redoing herringbone floorboards like I did on The block – I love those, so I’m going to do it again. I helped with all the carpentry, demonstration, concrete, I literally do everything because I love it – it’s probably like a dream come true to build your own house,” he said.

As Jesse leads the entire renovation, Mel told her “don’t touch the nursery” so she takes charge of the baby’s first room.

It looks like there’s a lot left to do at home, but at least the couple have a list of potential baby names sorted and Jesse already knows what kind of father he envisions being.

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“I can’t wait to be a dad or if my little girl wants to play dress up and tie my hair in a bow and paint my nails and do all that [she can]. I also take her golfing, because I want to have as much fun with her as possible and I love to play golf, so she will definitely be a golfer too,” Jesse revealed.

Jesse and Mel the block 2019
The couple discovered they had a daughter in a golf-themed gender reveal. (Instagram)

Of course, with Jesse’s love of property and building skills, he said his daughter will also be able to handle herself in a toolbox.

“She’ll never have to call for help to change a tire, hang a door, put up a picture frame – she’ll know how to do all those handyman skills,” he added.

Despite being incredibly busy, Jesse can’t wait to be a dad.

“Most people say you’re never ready, there’s never a good time,” he said. “I feel the opposite. I’m so ready for this, it’s exactly the right time, Mel and I have never been happier together, everything in our life is great right now, we’re very lucky.”

In the meantime, Jesse is back on television as a host in the new season of Open Homes Australia. It will feature many gorgeous homes from the series, including Ronnie’s property and Georgia’s Bronte Court from the 2021 season of The block.

Jesse explores the Hampton home in Episode 1 alongside fellow former Blockhead Bec Douros.

“It was great fun working with Bec, she’s an expert in interior design. So just hearing the way she had to talk about houses was very educational, I think I learned kinda myself,” Jesse mentioned.

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It was Jesse’s first time back at Bronte Court since representing Tanya and Vito at the auction. He found it interesting to review the houses now that he knows the auction results.

“It was good to be back in Bronte Court. It was probably still surprising to see the winners of Bronte Court (Mitch and Mark’s property) when you walk through and see all the houses,” he said. declared.

“There were a few houses there that I thought I had placed higher, but that’s the nature and reality of The block – no one knows what will happen on auction day and often the best house doesn’t win.”

Jesse hoped Tanya and Vito would win, but expected Kirsty and Jesse to knock out the competition because their house offered the best value.

“The house was beautiful and Kirsty and Jesse were probably two of the hardest working candidates I think. The blockis never seen given the size of the house. There were rooms that weren’t even going to be lit The block, they just had to do them because there were so many. So I’m very impressed with their work ethic and their style as well.”

Jesse appeared on the last four seasons of The block, including twice as an auctioneer and once as a competitor. However, Jesse is unlikely to be back for the 2022 season as he thinks it’s time for “new faces to take the reins and have some fun”.

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Speaking of fun, after two years of pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, it looks like Jesse and Mel might finally be able to reunite with their To block season 15 besties.

“We had to cancel two vacations with all our To block candidates Matt and El’ise, Tess and Luke and Andy and Deb, so this year there’s a catch-up planned for all of us. It will be later in the year once the baby is here.

“Tess has had her beautiful baby girl Cleo and we haven’t even met her yet. We’ve tried twice and it’s all been over so I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone this year. It’s absolutely coming.”

Open Homes Australia airs Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on 9Life.

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