Thursday, 24 August 2017

Pools, ensuites and gyms top wish lists

FOLLOWING the Standard’s recent feature highlighting homes with swimming pools in the area, a survey has revealed that one of

FOLLOWING the Standard’s recent feature highlighting homes with swimming pools in the area, a survey has revealed that one of the items top of most people’s wish list is indeed a swimming pool.

Indoor swimming pools top the list of features that Brits most want in their home, while ensuite bathrooms are also popular.

Research from Ocean Finance reveals that 36 per cent of homeowners — or more than 18 million people — crave an indoor swimming pool which they can call their own. But having the freedom to go for a morning swim or an evening dip doesn’t appeal to everyone, with other luxuries like an ensuite bathroom (33 per cent) or a summer house/garden room/conservatory (32 per cent) also high on people’s wish lists.

A walk-in wardrobe (27 per cent), a bigger garden (25 per cent) and a jacuzzi or hot tub (23 per cent) are also popular “dream home” features.

A gym (21 per cent), an open fire or log burner (18 per cent), a cinema room (17 per cent) and an office or study (17 per cent) complete the top 10. Edward Lucas from Strutt & Parker country house department agrees with these results:

“We often speak to our clients about their dream tick list and these things always feature highly.

“Whilst we always try to ensure that they are realistic about having them all, we also discuss how much value you can add by building them yourselves.

“It is surprising, though, how many people have very modest aspirations — adding an ensuite to a master bedroom or installing a garden shed, for example, can often be quite achievable.”

In addition to a shed (five per cent) some of the more achievable desirable features include a sit-on mower (four per cent) and a garden to grow food (15 per cent).

The research also highlights a difference of opinion among couples when it comes to “dream home” features. For instance, some 39 per cent of women want an ensuite bathroom compared to only 25 per cent of men, while 37 per cent of women want a walk-in wardrobe compared to just 12 per cent of men.

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