'Not for me': Dion Dublin's verdict on Stoke property with bizarre feature

-Credit: (Image: BBC)
-Credit: (Image: BBC)


Dion Dublin wasn't too impressed when he discovered a Stoke mid-terrace had a "bath in the kitchen" - but he did admit it could be a "really nice" property following a full refurbishment. The Homes under the Hammer presenter visited the two-bed house in today's episode of the popular BBC daytime show.

As he walked up to view the property, given a guide price of just £19,000, he said: "I'm going to call it classic Stoke-on-Trent housing stock." Once inside, he could see there was plenty of potential with the lounge completely empty and stripped back.

"You've got lovely high ceilings," he told viewers. "You've got a bit of coving which I would imagine is original as well. The bay window is rather small, but this is what you want - you want it to be cleared out so you can start from scratch.

"Nice size room, nice size ceilings, radiator - not a bad start." Dion then moved into what should have been the kitchen, where he found there was bath in the room.

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"At the moment it's a kitchen sort of slash bathroom," he explained. "That's not working for me. A lot of work to be done in here."

Dion made his way into the back room on the bottom floor, where there was a ripped out bathroom. A brand new suite is required and he tells viewers of the downstairs potential: "It could look really nice but it might cost a few quid."

The bath in the kitchen -Credit:BBC
The bath in the kitchen -Credit:BBC

Thankfully there are no signs of damp or any structural issues. Upstairs Dion finds two decent sized bedrooms and while the windows are "dated" they are double glazed.

However, he's not a big fan of the boiler being on show in the second bedroom. He then heads out to see a small back garden space in need of tidying up.

Dion concludes that while a "full refurb from top to bottom" is required, "there's a good market for properties like this in Stoke". Fellow presenter and voice-over Martin Roberts adds: "It could be a straightforward flip for an experienced developer or the perfect place to learn how to renovate."

It was the software engineer's first project -Credit:BBC
It was the software engineer's first project -Credit:BBC

Tom Williams, local estate agent from Findahome Online, visits the property and says: "It needs full refurbishment. There's lots of things in unusual places such as we've got a bath in the kitchen.

"For me it will require full modernisation - new kitchen, new bathroom, re-plastering, re-plumbing but there are a lot of things here on offer. It's got a garden and we do have UPVC doubled glazed windows and central heating already installed. So there is a lot of potential."

The successful bidder is Adama who pays £60,000 for the house - more than three times the guide price. It's the Coventry-based software engineer's first ever project and he chose Stoke as the property suited his budget.

The new-look kitchen -Credit:BBC
The new-look kitchen -Credit:BBC

He planned to renovate and sell the house with £10,000 to £15,000 spent on renovation works. The BBC cameras returned five months later to see how he'd got on.

The property was completely transformed with a brand new kitchen and bathroom as well as new flooring and electrics throughout. The boiler had also been replaced and boxed in.

The only job left was to finish off the landscaping. In the end father-of-one Adama spent just shy of £20,000, going over his budget in order to make the house "better looking".

A new bathroom was installed -Credit:BBC
A new bathroom was installed -Credit:BBC

It was worth it as when estate agent Tom returned he said: "The house has certainly improved. I'm pleased to see the bath has been cleared from the kitchen. The kitchen has been transformed."

He added the property could be put on the market at £100,000 "at a push". This pleased Adama who would be looking at a pre-tax profit of £20,500 if he sold for that amount.

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