Research conducted by Barbour ABI that looks at planning applications around the UK has uncovered the most popular home improvement projects around the nation, as well as highlighting differences between regions.
According to the data, extensions are the most popular way for homeowners to increase the amount of space they have, with these projects accounting for 40.3 per cent of all residential planning applications in 2017, and for 43.5 per cent of applications in the past five years.
The region with the greatest number of applications for extensions last year was the West Midlands, where close to half of all planning applications were for these kinds of changes.
In London, however, loft conversions were particularly popular, accounting for 14.3 per cent of developments – well above the national average of nine per cent in 2017. Extensions were still the most popular change though, with 36.7 per cent of applications last year for this alteration.
Given the lack of developable space around much London property, it’s little surprise that more homeowners are extending up than in other parts of the country.
Whether you’re making the alterations for your own benefit, or to add money when you sell your property, you should consider how bespoke joinery services in London could add something more to your extension or conversion.
When the figures for 2018 are released, there could well be a further increase in various home improvement projects, after Lloyds Bank found that 40 per cent of homeowners wanted to renovate rather than move somewhere new.