Compared to 10 years ago housing trends have changed dramatically in terms of what features were popular with buyers, some may say the industry is greener than ever.
According to Rightmove the desire for a garden office has risen by 1046%, the reasoning behind it could be the cost of living rising. A garden office is a cost-effective way to work from home after the recent pandemic has given people a new sense of freedom within their jobs or a modern way to add extra storage to their homes. Using only premium, natural materials these stand-alone buildings are designed with quality in mind, available in four different sizes to meet your needs. There are many benefits to having a garden office these are only a few to mention:
- Planning permission is rarely needed
- Installation takes only 1-5 days
- No hidden costs
- Multiple uses
You may be thinking, what is an Orangery?
An orangery is a grand structure attached to your home, often confused with a conservatory but the key difference is the amount of glass. It is usually built to look similar to the house with brickwork pillars and long windows perfect for keeping the warmth in as the original purpose of these attached buildings was to grow exotic fruits in 17th century Europe. Unlike conservatories, orangeries are only available in certain shapes with a flat solid roof with a central glass lantern. There are many uses for such extensions in your home; home gym, office, or snug area for those colder nights upon us. Rightmove has estimated that properties with the feature have risen in popularity by 173%.
Second, on the list of popular features, individuals are looking for in a property is Bi-fold doors. Widely known as sliding doors, the door itself will slide open, whilst its panels fold up and stack against the wall in order to make the most of a space. Usually made up of glass paneling and can be used indoors or on the exterior of the house creating more space within the home. Rightmove states that the popularity of bi-fold doors has risen by 589% because people want to make the most of the space they have.
As we all know the cost of our electricity is at an all-time high in the current economy meaning people are looking for ways to cut costs and adding this feature into your home is discrete and energy efficient. Proven to lower energy consumption by 30 percent making this the newest trend for your homes Rightmove has stated that the desire for this feature has increased by 114%.
Living after a pandemic, families have expressed the desire to spend more quality time together in their homes so having an open plan living/dining/ kitchen area allows for cooking, eating, homework, and watching tv to be done by all individuals in close proximity. There are no limitations to having walls in the way meaning an abundance of natural light shines through and you have extra room perfect for entertaining large groups of friends or family. Open-plan living is convenient in so many ways especially if you have children as you can keep an eye on them at all times. The number of properties listing this feature has risen by 74%.