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Report shows home improvement trends

Supplying precast concrete products to UK-based clients in the building materials sector, Longley Concrete keep up-to-date with all developments in the industry.

Recently, for example, the team has been looking back at the findings of Barbour ABI’s ‘Home Improvers of Great Britain 2018’ report with great interest. The analyst’s annual insights are consistently revealing and insightful, but this year’s data gave a real indication as to where the field of home improvements is set to go in the not-too-distant future.

The key points are summarised below:

Conservatories are making way for single-storey extensions

As covered by the Telegraph last year, it is already known that conservatories are not as prevalent as they once were. This, however, is not a reflection of dwindling home improvement application levels, as Barbour ABI point out, there has been a strong rise in single-storey extensions. The construction data experts say they have witnessed a change in preferences among households and that the past five years has seen a clear swing from ‘conservatories’ to ‘living rooms’. Perhaps unsurprisingly, extensions are the most common reason for home-improver applications and make up 40% of the total figures.

People have a desire for more space

Following on from the last point, Britain’s average figure for extensions is one application for every 120 homes. With three quarters of the home improvement applications involving extensions being submitted in boroughs with average house prices above £175,000, there is evidently a link between higher house prices and elevated application rates. In terms of the type of home improvement, loft conversions are still popular, predominantly in London due to space being at a premium. The top ten districts in Great Britain for basement planning applications over the past two years all fall in the capital too, whereas the more rural areas such as South Northamptonshire and South Oxfordshire dominate the outbuilding applications thanks to the larger outdoor areas that they are typically afforded.

A focus on London and Yorkshire

With factories in Kent and Dewsbury, Longley Concrete has a particular interest in both London and Yorkshire. The former makes up 20% of all applications in Britain, and with high land values, there is always going to be a strong home improvement market there. Londoners in fact remain around twice as likely as the national average to improve rather than move. Yorkshire & Humber, on the other hand, joins the West Midlands in showing a huge correlation between the less densely-populated boroughs and a greater chance of home improvements being completed. Despite this, Barbour ABI found it encouraging that home improvements in some of the region’s biggest cities, like Leeds and York, have continued to pick up in recent times.

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The business recommends their lightweight hollowcore flooring, which offers improved sound and resistance for upper floors. This additionally provides an immediate working platform, is eco-friendly and 100% recyclable and can be supported on masonry or steel.

Longley Concrete’s experienced estimating team are available to make recommendations, provide prompt pricing and advise the best flooring options for your project.  For more information on this service, please feel free to either call 01924 464 283 or fill out this enquiry form.