£400k house looks normal from the outside, but hides amazing secret artwork

Strolling through Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, you might not take a second glance at the Georgian house sitting on Palace Street.

But if you were to venture inside, you’d find something truly amazing.

The living room, kitchen and bathroom of the Grade II listed house all look fairly ordinary, but when you head upstairs you’ll spot the five bedrooms, two of which have been completely transformed into stunning works of art.

It’s the doing of artist Tod Hanson, who bought the house a few years back and named it Waxwing, then set about making his home into living piece of art.

‘I wanted to try out some ideas,’ said Tod, who later opened up certain rooms to the public.

One bedroom is covered in large blue circles of different sizes, across the floor, ceilings, and walls.

The other has a purple grid design, giving it a slightly mind-bending feel as you look for the door.

Now, the home is on the market through Inigo, with an asking price of £400,000 – so you’d get a nice house with some seriously impressive pieces of art thrown in.

Tod initially planned to transform the entire house, but changed his mind and is moving to London.

He is, however, open to continuing to turn the rest of the house into his vision (which he says is all planned out), should the buyer want him to.

He does say he won’t be too crushed if the future homeowner paints over the whole thing, though – ‘as an artist, particularly one who’s done a lot of temporary pieces, I’m used to saying goodbye to things’.

While the two bedrooms are the key selling point here, the rest of the house is pretty lovely.

It has over 2,400 sq ft of interior space, a private courtyard, and much of the original Georgian architecture still in place, including the large flagstone flooring in the hall.

‘A large room on the first floor runs the width of the building,’ say Inigo. ‘Likely to have been the drawing room in days past, this now forms the pinnacle of Tod’s installation.

‘However, it could easily be returned to its original use as a drawing room.

‘It would work equally well as a main bedroom.

‘The space retains its original fabric, including an elegant 18th-century fireplace with a cast iron, Victorian insert.

‘A south-facing oculus window allows a dramatic shaft of light into the room, which moves with the seasons.

‘Ascending another level leads to two generously proportioned bedrooms.

‘One of these contains another of Tod’s brilliant installations, focusing on a frame-grid motif that directly interacts with the structure of the room.

‘Another 18th-century fireplace, also with a Victorian insert features; as with the other installation, the works undertaken do not impinge on the building’s original fabric.’

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