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Once regarded the height of sophistication, pebble dashing, crazy paving and coloured bathroom suites now top the list of home improvements we loathe

A separate dining room is high on the wish list for more than half of UK homeowners (56 per cent), proving that the importance of chatting around the table is not a thing of the past for British families.

Despite previous trends for an open plan layout, this now appears to be a less popular choice in our homes, with only 39 per cent of those surveyed wanting an open plan kitchen/diner living space.

And while technological advances in home appliances, telecommunications and IT have made a significant change to the way we live, the majority of respondents ranked central heating as the most positive change to the home over the last 50 years (70 per cent). This was followed by indoor toilets (51 per cent) running hot water (43 per cent) and better insulated windows (41 per cent), demonstrating that warmth and comfort are still top of our priority list.

The survey of over 2,000 homeowners, commissioned by Anglian Home Improvements to mark its 50th anniversary, looked at how our tastes in home improvements and the way in which we use our homes have changed over the past 50 years.

Once regarded the height of sophistication, pebble dashing, crazy paving and coloured bathroom suites now top the list of home improvements we loathe the most.

In addition to a separate dining room, today’s property owners want a state-of-the-art entertainment zone (44 per cent), a wet room (43 per cent), and home improvements such as bi-fold doors and conservatories that improve the indoor/outdoor flow, ‘bringing the outside in’ (58 per cent).

Respondents ranked the cooking space (30 per cent) and washing areas (27 per cent) as the key areas for home improvements 50 years ago, whereas homeowners in 2015 are focused primarily on improving their entertaining space (26 per cent), following by areas for cooking (25 per cent) and relaxing (17 per cent). This would suggest that the role of the home has evolved from a shelter to fulfil basic needs to a multi-functional leisure space.

The main reason cited for why people make improvements to their homes was adding monetary value (47 per cent), while three out of ten (30 per cent) said it was to save costs and a similar number (28 per cent) said it worked out as being more cost effective than moving house.

Looking to the future, respondents predict that homes will become smarter thanks to further technological advances (50 per cent), as well as becoming more energy efficient (30 per cent). Robot cleaners, fridges that automatically do the weekly food shop, self-cleaning glass and walls designed to conserve energy were listed among the innovations predicted to become popular within the home over the next 50 years.

Melanie McDonald, Head of PR & Brand Marketing at Anglian Home Improvements, said, “We commissioned this survey as Anglian Home Improvements heads into its 50th anniversary year to reflect the many changes we’ve seen and heard of anecdotally over that time. It is interesting to observe just how much our tastes and preferences have changed in a relatively short amount of time. One thing is for sure – the desire to improve our homes has increased over the years as homeowners seek to make their homes warmer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.”

Founded in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. As the UK’s leading home improvements company, Anglian has been at the forefront of the nation’s home improvements for almost half a decade, giving it first-hand experience and insight into how our homes have changed over that time. Anglian Home Improvements specialises in products that enhance the home environment and improve energy efficiency, including double and triple glazed windows and doors, conservatories, orangeries and rooftrim.


Notes to Editors

Top 10 most loved home improvements

1. Indoor-outdoor flow (58 per cent)
2. Separate dining room (56 per cent)
3. TV/music/cinema room (44 per cent)
4. Wet room (43 per cent)
5. Decking (40 per cent)
6. Dressing room (39 per cent)
Open plan living (39 per cent)
8. Gym/exercise area (25 per cent)
9. Coloured bathroom suite (20 per cent)
10. Crazy paving (15 per cent)

Top 10 most loathed home improvements

1. Pebble dashing (52 per cent)
2. Crazy paving (43 per cent)
3. Coloured bathroom suites (42 per cent)
4. Gym/exercise area (26 per cent)
5. Decking (23 per cent)
6. Open plan living (22 per cent)
7. Wet room (16 per cent)
8. TV/music/cinema room (14 per cent)
9. Dressing room (11 per cent)
10. Indoor-outdoor flow (7 per cent) and separate dining room (7 per cent)

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The research:

The research for Anglian Home Improvements was carried out by Opinion Matters between 10/09/2015 and 21/09/2015.

Sample: 2,018 UK adults – made up of current homeowners, people looking/planning to buy, and those who are current homeowners who are planning to sell their property in the future.

All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

About Anglian Home Improvements:

Established in 1966 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s leading home improvements company. With almost half a century’s experience, Anglian ensures it is ahead of the competition with a continuing research and development programme. Anglian offers a range of home improvement products, including double and triple glazed windows and doors, conservatories, orangeries and rooftrim.

For more information about Anglian Home Improvements and its wide range of products and options, visit

For further information please contact:

Melanie McDonald at Anglian Home Improvements
01603 405911


Jacqui Green at JGMPR
07885 270349

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