Luke with his wife Robbie, one-year-old daughter, Indie, and Cruze, two.
Luke with his wife Robbie, one-year-old daughter, Indie, and Cruze, two. Contributed

It's not all white for Luke

LUKE Pollock renovated his way agonisingly close to the top during The Renovators television show this week.

The 25-year-old Labrador family man said the Channel 10 program's white room challenges focusing on classic styles were not within his comfort zone.

His inner city Sydney terrace still sold for $925,000 and achieved a $25,732 profit.

Unfortunately for Luke, 27-year-old South Australian builder Michael Lynch took home $100,000 prize money and first place when his Blacktown-based fibro cottage earned $68,012 from a $440,000 sale.

"I definitely had the best chance of winning," Mr Pollock said.

"The terrace was perfectly done, a spot-on job, and the judges declared it the best renovation - traditional and classy upstairs and modern, sleek and contemporary downstairs.

"I don't think the marketing campaign, at two- and-a-half weeks, was long enough; if it was longer we could have pushed harder to get the results we wanted."

The carpenter, who bought and renovated his first home at just 19, said he enjoyed the experience and hoped to use it to raise the profile of his business, Gold Coast Exteriors and Construction. "I'm glad I made it to the end and would have been disappointed if I was knocked out early.

"I've been trying to keep pretty busy since the competition, but I'm back home now and loving it."



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