Martin Roberts: Homes Under The Hammer host talks property that had ‘freaky’ interior

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Martin Roberts, 56, has seen some things during his 18 years on Homes Under The Hammer but one kitchen interior really stood out out of the thousands he has come across. During his weekly Twitter Q&A, the presenter was inundated with property related questions but it didn’t take long for him to think of an answer to one fan’s query.

I think a rabbit hutch built into the kitchen cabinets

Martin Roberts

The viewer in question wanted to know what was the strangest thing he had seen in a property that went to auction, and his answer was slightly odd to say the least.

Martin replied: “I think a rabbit hutch built into the kitchen cabinets.

“That was a bit freaky.”

Each to their own!

He also confirmed his favourite part of presenting the property based show.

Responding to a curious fan who wondered what the best part of being on the hosting team alongside Dion Dublin, Martel Maxwell and newcomers Jacqui Joseph and Tommy Walsh was, Martin gave his top three.

Thinking back over the years, he replied honestly: “Seeing the properties & meeting the people & hopefully inspiring a few.”

Elsewhere, the property expert was inundated with responses from his Twitter followers after he asked for their advice.

Following a trip to a DIY store, Martin was surprised that he had accidentally bought a banana shaped piece of wood for his latest project.

After noting that “they don’t make wood like they used to” while showing his fans a video of the planks, Martin wrote: “Any suggestions on what you could make with this very banana shaped piece of wood?”

While he may have been looking for serious solutions only, his followers had other ideas.

“A boomerang,” one responded, to which Martin joked: “Dodging that when it came back would be a nightmare.”

Another proposed: “A very slim banana shaped shelf,” as the host sarcastically responded: “Nice one.”

Radio X presenter Danny Wallace suggested beginning a banana cupboard business; an idea which turned into quite a lengthy exchange between the two men.

“Now why didn’t I think of that? You suggesting a specific cupboard for bananas?” Martin wondered.

“I’m suggesting an entire business, Martin. You and me spend six to eight years building banana cupboards, day in, day out – then we see if people need them,” Danny replied.

Martin came back: “Nobody’s ever done it Danny. I think you may be on to something.”

The radio star quipped: “We, Martin. We’re in this banana cupboard thing together. And if it doesn’t work out, we’re screwed.”

Martin laughed: “Look, life’s about risks. They laughed at Henry Ford. They ridiculed Steve Jobs. They positively pooh poohed the bloke who invented the solid rubber wheeled wheelbarrow, and look at where they all are now. We need to grab this. And not slip up.”

Someone else provided a more serious answer to the question about what to do with the faulty piece of wood by recommending it should be dumped into the nearest skip, and Martin agreed.

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

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