Which rooms are on the UK homes wish list in 2021?
If you’re wondering how UK priorities have changed during the coronavirus pandemic, look no further than the average person’s fantasy home. Naturally, home gyms and offices are up there as must-haves in today’s dream property. But there are a few surprising entries too – libraries, bars and swimming pools, included.
The list has been put together by comparison site, Comparethemarket.com from a survey of 2,000 people and analysis of Google search data. Based on the rooms people would choose if money was no object, the site has revealed UK homeowners’ top 10 wish list.
The list reflects changing attitudes to home buying since the start of the pandemic, with the previously popular large bedrooms and kerb appeal replaced by flexible live/work spaces.
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With gyms closed for extended periods over lockdown, it’s no surprise that indoor exercise rooms come first on the list. And, following a surge in subscriptions to Netflix during the first lockdown, it also follows that home cinema rooms are second. Libraries follow, reflecting a big increase in reading in 2020 – a third of us were more likely to pick up a book during the year.
Next comes the home office, followed by bars, playrooms, conservatories, swimming pools and music rooms. A big increase in hobbies over the year is also seen in position 10 – the craft room.
According to Compare the Market, the popularity of certain rooms can be broken down by age. Says the report: “Those aged 35 to 44 were most likely to want to add a home cinema to their home, while those most likely to want to install their own bar were between 18 and 24.”
Read more about the survey on the House Beautiful website.