Block stars Josh and Jenna shift their home renovation to landscaping after construction delays


Old To block contestants Josh and Jenna Densten have revealed the exciting landscaping plans for their Castle House renovation.

The couple were focused on putting a roof back on the old property to help protect the structure, but had to put that on hold pending council permission.

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They were also waiting for another permit for a small extension, so instead of putting their project on hold, Josh and Jenna decided to start planning the landscaping.

“The landscape is the reason we bought this place. It has the most incredible views out back, the camels, the fruit trees, the space – it’s really something we want to nail and put all our attention,” Josh explained on Episode 3 of their YouTube series.

Josh and Jenna record the process of their renovation in a YouTube series. (Youtube)

Josh and Jenna commissioned landscape architect Phillip Withers to come up with a concept for the property’s huge outdoor space.

“We absolutely loved the plan Phil presented to us, it was exactly what we were looking for,” Jenna said.

“The landscaping concept was divided into four parts: the vineyard at the front and the back of the property, a productive garden, a fairy garden at the entrance for [eldest daughter] Fred and an oasis where we can relax and be entertained.”

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Plans include a tree-lined driveway, new entrance, entertainment area and swimming pool, new vegetable gardens and a walkway leading to a large oak tree.

“We’re blown away by the concept and even though it’s going to take a long time, we’re excited to dig in,” added Jenna.

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Josh and Jenna on their beautiful property with their daughters Story and Fred. (Instagram)

After working out what the landscaping plan will be, Josh and Jenna finally moved forward with their building permits.

This means that they can put the old roof and the veranda on the house to protect the structure on it.

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Josh and Jenna also had their plans approved for their extension.

“While there were huge delays and we hoped the roof would already be in place, we’re excited to see progress, we’re excited to see the trusses go up, the roof continue and bring this baby back to life,” says Jenna.

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The castle house will soon have a roof again after Josh and Jenna’s permit is approved. (Instagram)

Josh and Jenna moved from downtown Melbourne to Rutherglen in Victoria at the end of 2021 to be closer to family and change their lifestyle.

They found the gorgeous home, dubbed the Castle House by Fred, on Facebook Marketplace.

The 3.5 acre property is full of history and stunning views and was once a vineyard.

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“We plan to restore the house to its former glory, but provide a contemporary addition to the home to capture the views and meet the needs of our growing family,” Jenna said.

During the renovation, Josh, Jenna and their daughters Fred and Story are living in a shed on the property.

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The shed had good bones but Jenna made it look great with some gorgeous used parts. (Instagram)

They started the renovation project by making the cabanon a nice place to live until the castle house was finished.

“We had to gut part of the shed and redo it, which was fun, to fit into our current lifestyle,” Josh said in Episode 2 of The Castle House YouTube series.

Jenna added, “We really wanted the shed to feel like home. Even though we’ll only be living in the shed for a short time, we don’t want to feel rushed or pressured to get this house done quickly. – we want to do it right and we want to do it justice.”

The two-stroke To block the contestants also renovated an RV, which they documented in another web series.

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