Martin Roberts halts Homes Under the Hammer viewing to solve mystery ‘Why is it there?’

Homes Under the Hammer: Martin finds a downstairs bathroom

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Back in 2011, Martin Roberts was in Cornwall looking at a two-bed detached cottage that was going up for auction. The Homes Under the Hammer presenter revealed it had a guide price of £135,000 but was sold for £167,000. And when he went to visit the property, he was confused by the layout. 

After stepping into the property, Martin said: “Nice little useful entrance porch there, to keep the cold of the Cornish winters out. 

“Then through into your living room, I guess. Staircase, open plan, it does give the room a feeling of a bit more space, so actually, while it is a little bit dated, paint that or strip it back and you can have some fun with that.” 

Moving towards the back of the building, he continued: “Very disappointing room here, this is the kitchen and, well I’m going to have a look at the layout to figure out what we can do with that. 

“However, the second downstairs living area is also a really good size. 

“Not sure about the fireplace but at least it is an open fire, so that’s nice to see, maybe stick a wood burning stove in. 

“But before we get involved in that, what is going on here?” He questioned. “This is the bathroom and the loo for the property. Why? Why is it there? 

“I need to figure out a solution to this; what immediately comes to mind is maybe that gives a solution to our tiny kitchen, maybe extend into there but before you do that you’ve got to find somewhere to put the bathroom. 

“The answer could be upstairs,” he remarked. 

In a voice-over clip, Martin was heard saying: “While a downstairs toilet is a good thing and in new builds is standards, when it comes to baths and showers, I still think most people prefer them upstairs.” 

When he had reached the first floor, he continued with: “So I am on the hunt for a solution, but before I hopefully find that, I’ll just point out a few other things; lots of light coming in through the windows, fairly new double-glazed units. 

“Also good news two fairly decent sized bedrooms, one over that side and one here. 

“And then possibly the answer to our problems, to the rear of the property I guess this is some kind of extension. 

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“It is actually above the toilet which is downstairs and it’s this strange little room; you’ve got a loo, you’ve got a basin, surely this is where you put the main bathroom? 

“However, you’ve got a slight problem, you have to access it through this bedroom, which is never ideal. 

“The answer could be an old children’s rhyme – Jack and Jill – it has two doors, one from each bedroom leading onto the one bathroom,” he told those watching at home. 

“At the front of the property, there is not much garden to speak of and what there is is laid with flagstones. 

“But something really exciting, this, it’s a garage, a single garage, that itself is good, but look at the potential above it, obvious space for an extension. 

“There is one thing I can’t see an easy solution to, and that’s outback,” Martin added. 

“All you’ve got at the rear is this small triangle of space, so if you’re looking at this as a family home, a bit of a disappointment. 

“However, if you’re thinking about renting this out, what people want is low maintenance and they don’t want that much space.” 

Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 10am on BBC One. 

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