'What were they thinking?' Tommy Walsh baffled by three-bed Newcastle home

Tommy Walsh outside the property in Newcastle -Credit:BBC
Tommy Walsh outside the property in Newcastle -Credit:BBC

Homes Under The Hammer presenter Tommy Walsh was left scratching his head by the 'very strange' layout of a Newcastle-under-Lyme property.

The three-bed mid-terrace, close to the college, was featured in today's episode of the popular BBC daytime show. Although Tommy said the bathroom was "beyond salvage", the "tired and dated" downstairs held few surprises.

But the presenter was soon left baffled when he checked out upstairs. Bizarrely, walls had been added to create a "strange and dark" corridor that led to the third bedroom.

Originally it would have been accessed via the master bedroom. A confused Tommy told viewers: "It's a nice little house with plenty of work to be done. Downstairs it's all fairly predictable but upstairs it's a completely different kettle of fish.

"I still can't get my head around it. It needs all the walls taking out and configuring properly. What were they thinking?"

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The house - with a guide price of £75,000 - was snapped up at auction by property developer Indy for a sum of £97,500. The ambitious former bus company owner planned to complete the required renovation work in just two months.

The father-of-three's preferred option was to get planning permission to convert the property into two two-bedroom flats, at a cost he estimated to be around £30,000 to £40,000. Indy's fall-back plan was a straight refurbishment and resale using a budget of £10,000 to £20,000.

Indi, wearing a blue denim shirt and white t-shirt, stood in one of the the newly refurbished bedrooms
Despite the problems with the house, Indy saw its potential -Credit:BBC

He also confirmed he would consider renting the updated property out. However, when the cameras returned to the town it transpired that Indy had opted for a different solution entirely.

He transformed the property into a four-bedroom house of multiple occupancy (HMO), giving each bedroom its own toilet and converting the front room into another bedroom.

As well as resolving the 'strange' upstairs configuration, other essential work included rewiring the property, replacing the damaged living room ceiling, fitting a new kitchen and bathroom and clearing the overgrown garden.

Indy decorated the house in a grey and white monochrome style with the help of wife Kamaljit. He managed to stay within budget, spending around £35,000 including the rewiring, replastering and reconfiguration.

Estate agent Jade Skelton, of Heywoods, visited the upgraded property to value it following the refurbishment. She said: "The finish of the property is very good. It's done to a very modern standard and it's very clean, bright and tidy."

A modern, grey and white kitchen
The layout of the Newcastle property left Tommy Walsh baffled.

She said the house could now be sold for around £165,000 to £170,000, giving Indy a pre-tax profit of up to £37,500, or it could be rented out, fetching around £1,400 a month. However Indy said he planned to sell the house and move on to his next project.

He said: "It's the reward at the end of it. I always look at the end line - whatever happens in-between doesn't matter, that's what I focus on. If the end is good, everything's good."

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