Brits are transforming their gardens this summer… with hot tubs, posh sheds & conservatories are top of the list | The Sun
MANY OF us are thinking about how to glow up our gardens now summer is around the corner.
And millions of homeowners are planning some bougie additions to their gardens to make the most of the warmer weather.
According to new research by Checkatrade, 16 percent of homeowners want to install a new garden room to use at their leisure.
Another 14 percent of the 2,597 adults surveyed revealed they planned to transform their homes by adding a conservatory to bring the outside in.
On top of this, 14 percent plan to get a hot tub in the near future so they can enjoy summer evenings in luxury.
Building a posh shed is also high on the agenda for 18 percent of homeowners.
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But it isn't just for play, with many people still working from home Brits want to get outside as much as possible while working during the day.
Despite many returning to hybrid working, 16 percent still intend to turn an existing shed or outbuilding into a home study.
Other external improvements on the list for the near future include giving the garden a complete revamp (28 percent).
But others want to stick to more basic tasks such as repainting the shed or fencing (25 percent).
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Mike Fairman, CEO at Checkatrade, which commissioned the research as part of its wider annual Home Pride Index report, said: “Whether your garden needs a little TLC or a complete makeover, investing in your outdoor spaces can really help elevate the appeal and value of a home and one you can be proud of too.
“When planning your garden revamp, make sure you use a reputable and checked professional to help bring those ideas to life.’’
The study also found homeowners spent £830 on their garden alone in the past year – an annual increase of £106.
Other external improvements on homeowner’s to-do lists include replacing fences (21 percent), fixing the roof (17 percent) and installing solar panels (17 percent).
And over the next year, 13 percent plan to make some sort of landscaping-related renovations to their property.
More than a third (37 percent) of those want to do so in order to give their home a refresh and 30 percent hope to add value.
But 37 percent of those polled, via OnePoll, admitted they’d rather invest in a professionally trained tradesperson than attempt to carry out DIY jobs themselves.
Another sensible outdoor addition Brits want to add to their homes is installing electric vehicle charging points for their cars.
Around 22 percent of the people surveyed revealed they planned to add one to their homes this summer.
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