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After spending more than a year at home, it’s no surprise renovations and DIY projects are continuing to skyrocket. From paint jobs to kitchen makeovers, many of us have been on a quest to perfect our homes.
According to previous research by GoodMove, 48 per cent of households refreshed their homes last year, spending an average of £1,640 on improvements. It wasn’t just small DIY jobs that Brits dabbled in though, with the findings also discovering that 359,013 households applied for planning permission across the UK.
To uncover more about trending renovation projects, heating specialists Stelrad analysed Pinterest search data from the beginning of 2021 to now, comparing data on different house types, rooms, and period properties.
With UK homeowners fixated on home improvement, some of the most popular renovation trends for this year include loft extensions, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and lean-tos — a brilliant way to give remote workers extra space.
Chris Harvey, head of marketing at Stelrad, comments: ‘Lean-to extensions involve adding a light, bright, conservatory-esque extension onto the back of your house. These can make your house look and feel lighter, brighter and airier. During lockdown, many of us felt claustrophobic stuck inside our homes, which seems to have pushed many of us to desire an extension of this type.’
Elsewhere, caravans were the most searched-for property type in regards to renovations, increasing by 140 per cent in searches since the beginning of the year. This was closely followed by bungalows (12 per cent) and cottages (six per cent).
Busy dreaming up new projects? Take a look at the full list of home renovation trends.
5 most popular home renovations
- Kitchen renovation
- Bathroom renovation
- Same level house extensions/lean-to
- Loft extensions
- Basement conversions
6 most popular ‘rooms’ to renovate
- Kitchen diner
4 most popular property types to renovate
- Semi-detached house
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