Outdoors

GUEST ARTICLE: 7 in 10 homeowners plan to renovate outdoor space, with environmental impact key

  • 27 Aug 2020

The UK is experiencing a garden-renovation boom post-lockdown, with approximately 7 in 10 homeowners vowing to imminently (in the next three months) alter any outdoor space they have to include more greenery, according to a new study by national construction supplier Burton Roofing.

Despite the cost of materials, 68% cited as a main consideration in any outdoor project, six in ten homeowners (61%) revealed they would actually be happy to stretch their budget a little further and pay more for tools and materials if they were more eco-friendly. 

A third of homeowners (29%) will also consider the long-term environmental impact of their work before commencing with their garden improvement project.

The study of 2,500 homeowners follows chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a £3bn green investment package, that included plans to decarbonise public buildings and cut emissions from Britain’s poorly insulated homes.

The research suggests that 25-34 year olds are particularly concerned with the environmental impact of any outdoor home improvements they make, with two fifths (40%) suggesting they would look into the sustainability of their materials, compared to only 16% of 45-54 year olds.

Men (35%) consider the environment more than women (24%), when planning a renovation project.

Bristolians are leading the charge when paying that little bit more for eco-friendly materials, with 80% willing to pay more for sustainable options. Glaswegians (71%) and Londoners (69%) are also keen, whilst the people of Southampton (35%) were the least willing to spend any extra for something eco-friendly.

% of homeowners who will pay extra for eco-friendly materials and tools

 – Bristol: 80%
 – Glasgow: 71%
 – London: 69%
 – Birmingham: 67%
 – Leeds: 59%
 – Manchester: 59%
 – Liverpool: 55%
 – Norwich: 54%
 – Sheffield: 53%
 – Nottingham: 53%
 – Newcastle: 50%
 – Cardiff: 48%
 – Edinburgh: 45%
 – Southampton: 35%

Homeowners from London (44%) are the most likely to consider the long-term environmental impact of their outdoor home project, with Bristol (40%) and Sheffield (34%) residents also deeming this important. Edinburgh residents (5%) were recorded as being the least likely to consider this.

Paul Hattee, MD at Burton Roofing, commented: “It is fantastic to see so many UK homeowners putting their mind towards an outdoor constructive project during what is a difficult time for everyone.

“Green spaces are vital for our mental and physical well-being, so it is natural that many want to make their outdoor spaces greener.

“Whilst the study has highlighted a positive trend, it is vital that any homeowner looking to modify their outdoor space plan out their project in detail to avoid having to re-do any of the work in the near-future.

“The study demonstrates that the UK is a country of homeowners that take pride in the appearance of their homes and outdoor areas.”

 

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Saint-Gobain Weber

Feeling floored with Saint-Gobain Weber tips

Rob Speke, technical academy manager at Saint-Gobain Weber, offers advice on the dos and don’ts of preparing substrates and applying floor screeds.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Floors, Interiors, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation

Kestrel
IG Masonry Support

IG Masonry Support achieves carbon neutral status

IG Masonry Support is the first masonry support manufacturer to achieve carbon neutral status and is on its way to becoming a net zero energy company.

Posted in Articles, Bricks & Blocks, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Posts, Site Preparation, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Waste Management & Recycling

Ahmarra