How many of us would say that we live in the perfect house? That’s just one of the questions we wanted to find the answer to when we commissioned a new study of homeowners in the UK.
Following a summer where we spent much more time in our homes than ever before, we wanted to drill down and find out how householders felt about their own homes, and how much it might take for us to finally feel that we’ve created the perfect home.
In our study of 2,000 homeowners, we found that it takes an average of five years to achieve the ‘perfect’ home after moving in – as well as roughly £26,000 in renovations. Just 38 per cent of UK adults feel they have achieved their dream abode, with the rest still working on their current property or planning to move.
When it comes to what makes the perfect home, an astounding two thirds (66 per cent) said that it is ‘very important’ to have lots of natural light in the home – and 12 per cent even installed additional windows to let in more light, while 35 per cent added double glazing.
We also asked what changes would get people closest to having the perfect place, with renovating the kitchen coming out on top (42 per cent), followed by a living room makeover (32 per cent) or bathroom renovation (26 per cent).
Also on the list of popular changes people made to create their ideal home were re-tiling the bathroom (39 per cent), installing new windows (37 per cent) and replacing the front door (40 per cent).
Julia Berkin, Brand & Communications Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom, said: “The research proves it’s all of the little changes which make a big difference to a property. Why move when you can improve? It’s clearly worth the patience, the outgoings and even the compromises to live in your dream home as a result.
“The list of things people did to their properties in order to achieve the perfect place vary from decorating and extending to letting more light in by adding windows and opening up rooms. It’s interesting to see how people are adapting their homes, especially given the amount of time we’re spending in them currently while they double up as workspaces.”
The research also found more than a quarter replaced all the interior doors to improve their abode and make homes feel lighter and more open plan, while a fifth extended the property and 14 per cent added a conservatory or orangery.
When it comes to inspiration, a quarter of homeowners turn to TV shows, while 16 per cent browse online and 19 per cent even scroll through estate agent websites to inspire their renovation projects.
The research also revealed that Brits expect to be settling into their ‘perfect’ home by the age of 43.
Top 10 things homeowners did to achieve their perfect home:
1. Re-painted interior rooms
2. Installed a new bathroom
3. A new front door
4. Re-tiled the bathroom
5. Got rid of old wall paper
6. Changed the lighting
7. Installed new windows
8. Installed double glazed windows
9. Landscaped garden
10. A new heating system