Natural lighting, a large garden and an ensuite bathroom are among the top 50 things which would make up the nations ‘dream home’

By Floriane Laroche
Monday, 15th February 2021, 12:55 pm
Updated Monday, 15th February 2021, 12:55 pm

A study of 2,000 homeowners revealed the effect of living through a global pandemic and an almost year-long national lockdown has seen our priorities change when it comes to creating the dream home - with a countryside location, lots of kitchen storage and space for a home office all making the list of key requirements. 

A private driveway, utility room and downstairs toilet would also help to create the dream home. 

Separate dining and living rooms are also important, along with having a large patio or decking for BBQs in the summer.

And four in 10 also want their forever home to be within walking distance to the park and local shops. 

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    Julia Berkin, spokesperson for glass specialist Pilkington United Kingdom, which commissioned the research, said: “Most of us have our dream home in mind, from the small details to the large, essential things. 

    “After the last year, some areas of a home have become more important with gardens and space for an office likely to make any home more attractive.

    “But spending so much more time inside means many now want to bring the outside in – with plenty of natural light topping the list of requirements and favoured by 60 per cent of us. 

    “Introducing options such as bi-fold doors, glass roofs and Velux windows are all great ways to update a property and let in that much sought-after natural light.”

    TOP 50 THINGS HOMEOWNERS WANT IN THEIR DREAM HOME

    1. Natural light
    2. Large garden
    3. Ensuite Bathroom
    4. Downstairs toilet
    5. Utility room
    6. Private driveway
    7. Extra storage
    8. Countryside location
    9. Separate dining and living rooms
    10. Patio/decking
    11. A home near the food shops
    12. A home near the park
    13. Lots of kitchen cupboard space
    14. Guest bedroom
    15. A space for a home office
    16. Double garage
    17. Fireplace
    18. Vegetable garden
    19. Summer house
    20. Social garden space
    21. An island in the kitchen
    22. An open plan kitchen
    23. Big space for a TV
    24. Underfloor heating
    25. Covered outdoor areas
    26. Smart technology
    27. A dressing room
    28. Balcony
    29. Space for gym equipment
    30. House on a quiet street
    31. Loft conversion
    32. Outdoor hot tub
    33. Window seat
    34. High ceilings
    35. Bi-fold doors
    36. Skylight windows
    37. A woodburner
    38. Rainforest style shower
    39. Home cinema
    40. Free standing bath
    41. Wine cooler/drinks fridge
    42. Outdoor swimming pool
    43. Rooftop terrace
    44. Glass box extension
    45. Games room
    46. Playroom
    47. Original floorboards
    48. Home mini bar
    49. Window shutters
    50. Exposed brick walls

    The study also found just 32 per cent feel they are currently in their dream property, with another 21 per cent confident they will one day be living in their forever home.

    Bi-folding doors, exposed brick walls and skylights were also among the top 50 elements of a dream home. 

    Although homeowners are looking ahead towards their dream house, they felt there are several obstacles halting plans with a lack of money the biggest barrier for 77 per cent.

    Searching for a dream home

    The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found 23 per cent felt they would struggle to find the right property in the current market while more than one in 10 simply don’t have time.

    But the average adult hopes to be living in their dream home by the age of 51.

    It also emerged that lockdown has increased the urgency to have the perfect home for 87 per cent of adults.

    Julia Berkin from Pilkington United Kingdom added: “The pandemic has made many homeowners rethink their living situations, and as we spend more time in our properties, having everything we need to live comfortably is more important now than ever.”