Dani and Dan



It’s not every couple who can say they met in the back of a stretch Hummer. But that’s exactly how it was for Dan, 28, and Dani, 25 , from Melbourne.

“We were celebrating a mutual friend’s birthday in London and Dan was brought along as a potential date for the birthday girl,” recalls Dani. “Needless to say I got in first.”

Travel is a passion for this outgoing couple who spent two years living and working in London, using it as a base for frequent jaunts across Europe. They describe this period as the best time in their relationship, particularly the holidays they spent together in Greece and Croatia.

They value their passport as their most treasured possession because it gives them the freedom to take them wherever they want in the world.

“Dani cuts out pictures from travel brochures and sticks them on a poster that hangs on the back of our front door,” says Dan.

“She calls it her ‘focus board’ and it’s there to inspire us to save and plan for our next big trip.” Dan, a carpenter, and Dani, a business analyst, recently purchased their own apartment in Richmond, just around the corner from the last series of The Block.

“We had planned to apply for the last series but Dan went and broke his wrist,” says Dani. “We were heartbroken when we saw the couples renovating around the block from our house, so this year we were even more determined to get in.”

Dani has no renovation experience, while Dan’s is confined to his carpentry trade which has seen him work on numerous restaurant renovations and shop fitouts.

“We may not be the most experienced, but I reckon my creativity and willingness to learn, matched with Dan’s carpentry knowledge and attention to detail, will be enough to get the job done,” says Dani.

“With Dani’s flair for design and my finishing skills our rooms will be a cut above the rest,” Dan boldly claims.

“Dan also possesses unrelenting determination to get the job done. We don’t ever say die, and that’s our secret weapon,” adds Dani.

Like any couple, these two acknowledge that they have their weaknesses. “I guess I can be a little single-minded at times and suffer from what Dani describes as selective hearing,” says Dan.

“Well, while we’re on the subject of owning up to our shortcomings, I suppose I can be a bit argumentative if Dan pushes the wrong buttons and have a tendency to get stressed out easily,” admits Dani.

Both agree that Dan is the more practical one, especially when it comes to budgeting.

They describe their design style as modern and industrial, bordering on the eclectic.

“I’d say our style is ever-evolving, often influenced by our mood at any given time or even by something we may have seen that day,” says Dan.

Dan is a keen golfer who also goes to the gym to pump weights.

Dani shares his passion for fitness, regularly taking part in early-morning boot-camp drills.

When not toning up their physiques, Dani loves to shop and sunbake, while Dan enjoys nothing more than a lazy afternoon on his Playstation.

Though babies aren’t on the agenda yet, the couple are planning on getting a dog. They also plan to embark on further travels at the end of 2012.

If they win The Block, rather than back-packing their way around the world it might be five-star all the way.

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