Everyone can imagine their dream home, but few of us actually get to live in theirs. Whilst we can all dream about our ideal homes, new research reveals that most of us would like to make modifications to our current property.
Our research reveals that nearly a third of people want to make their home look nicer. A substantial 80% of people want to change something about their properties and the number one reason they would make alterations is to make it look better.
The survey casts an interesting light on how homeowners and tenants from across the country would improve their homes. Space, and creating more of it, appears to be a major concern for most people.
“I would change my separate dining room and kitchen into one large, modern, open plan space,” said Karen commenting on the Rosiescribble blog, “The dining room is under used, and it would be so much nicer to socialise while working in the kitchen, and to enjoy a multi-purpose large space. Much more useful than two smaller rooms.”
Cassie Newnham said on Furgalfamily that she would, “Replace the wall in our living room with 4.5metre Bi-folding doors which would open up onto a new deck.”
A number of people commented on a range of blogs about their desire to change their bathrooms.
Commenting on the Beautyandthedirt blog, Lorraire Polley said she would love to change her bathroom. “It’s still got the old white tin bath!! Hubby used some old paint he got from god knows where to paint it the most shocking shade of blue, which really doesn’t go with the yellow/white tiles and grey carpet.”
One person commented, “I hate my downstairs bathroom – I’d move it upstairs!!” on TheLifeEdit blog.
Others are more ambitious; “an indoor pool would be a dream!” said Rory on the fabricofmylife blog.
The research also revealed that some 4% of people want to make their homes eco-friendly and a further 16% would make energy saving changes to their homes, such as adding solar panels.
“I would add solar panels to the roof to make it more eco-friendly and try to cut on the electricity bill,” one user of the Teatimeinwonderland blog said.
Kaye Bagshaw commenting on the LittleStuff blog, said she would add, “Solar panels, photovoltaics and wind-turbines – so that we live as green-ly as possible.”
Sheila Reddy would improve her property to reduce her energy bills. “I would double-glaze my huge sash windows and make them less draughty – the windows are lovely and bright but when the temperatures drop outside, I feel it inside!” she said on the Cookingcarsandchildren blog.
Despite the belief that men typically taking on DIY tasks, the poll found that 5% of women want to fix essential problems within their home, double the number of men who want to make these improvements.
Shaz commented on the Reallyree blog, that she was desperate to tackle longstanding problems at home. “I would love to change my builder boyfriend who keeps starting home improvements and never finishes them.”
“I would have a kitchen makeover. I would like doors that don’t fall off when I open cupboards,” one user of the MeandMine blog commented.Share on Facebook Digg del.icio.us Tweet This