Tailoring a homes to individual needs is the most popular reason for beginning a self build or renovation project, Homebuilding.co.uk research shows.
The findings, from submissions to the Homebuilding & Renovating Reader Survey 2020, shed light on the reasons why homeowners take on building projects, whether that is building a home from scratch, or renovating, extending or converting an existing property.
44% of survey respondents, said creating a home better suited to their needs was the primary reason for beginning their project.
Improving home comforts has become increasingly important since lockdown. The nation has become accustomed to spending more time at home and, as such, what is required from the home may have changed significantly, for example, many now need a dedicated home office.
Meanwhile, 19% said the main reason for taking on a building project was to gain more living space, and 15% said it was to add value to their home or generate profit once they sold it on.
Other reasons for taking on projects included:
- A desire to reach Passivhaus standards
- Moving to a better location for work and schools
- Retrofitting to meet modern energy targets
- Making better use of a redundant room
Starting a New Project
The Covid-19 pandemic reportedly led to the postponement of around 300,000 residential projects, with three-quarters of residential work halted.
Now though, lockdown measures are easing, and building suppliers have begun to reopen, meaning self builders, renovators and extenders are able to resume or get started on their building projects.