2021 Home Improvement Trends
1st March 2021
Over the past year many of us have spent more time in our homes than ever before. Aspects of how we live, how and where we work have changed, and this has ultimately had an effect on the type of developments and improvements we’re choosing to make to our homes. So, what home improvements trends are on the horizon for 2021?
When considering home improvements, it’s important for homeowners to think about what is wanted from the work and what benefits it will bring to their lifestyle as well as their home.
Many homeowners want to add more space to their homes - whether it be through creating an open plan living space or building an extension, there are many ways of creating more space. The Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report: 2021, revealed 25% of UK residents want to move to a bigger property in the next year, and so expanding your home can also have benefits if you’re looking to sell.
2020 saw more people working from home than ever before and for many their home office space wasn’t inspiring, in fact 38%1 of people want to improve their home offices in 2021. This is reflective in Google trend searches for ‘home offices’, which are up by 190%, with people looking to create an inspiring and dedicated space to work within the home.
Gardens have played a significant role in our homes in 2020, giving us outside space to escape to and relax, and 47%1 of UK residents are now planning improvements for their garden in 2021. There are various different projects and improvements which homeowners can make to their garden, but a rising new trend is creating a garden office, which have seen a spike in popularity with Google searches for ‘garden offices’ increasing by a huge 300%. Additionally, the Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report: 2021 revealed that in 2021 having a garden office can add £9,008 to the value of your home compared with adding an office inside the home, which can increase the value by £7,630.
Energy saving home improvements
Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report: 2021 also revealed that 57% of UK residents want to be more eco-friendly or more energy-efficient in 2021.
Creating an eco-friendly home has become simpler and more accessible for all; from installing UPVC windows and UPVC doors, installing under floor heating, improving the insulation in the home and upgrading to double or triple glazing. Eco-friendly home improvements look set to increase in 2021, the Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report revealed that the popularity of solar panel installation is increasing in 2021 by 169%, external wall installation by 166% and thermal insulation by 91%.
Over the past 12 months Google searches for ‘Government grant for windows’ have increased by 250%. The Government’s Green Home Grant has encouraged more people to consider making home improvements which can have benefits to a homeowners carbon footprint, and will also provide the additional benefit of reducing the cost of their energy bills.
Energy saving home improvements look to continue to rise in popularity for homeowners, creating a more eco-friendly and energy efficient home is a clear trend for 2021.
Source: Rated People Home Improvement Trends report: 2021