Brits outline dream gardens – from summer houses to pools and veg patches

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During lockdown, people with gardens have been the envy of everyone.

As we’ve all been cooped up indoors, the demand for outdoor space has sky-rocketed.

So it’s no surprise that people have been imagining what they want their dream spaces to look like.

The nation’s ideal gardens are 88ft long, south facing and feature a summer house, swimming pool and vegetable patch, a new survey reveals.

A built-in barbecue, shed and a fire pit are also must-haves, the poll of 2,000 people found.

Half would pick a flat landscape rather than a tiered one, while 32% want stone flooring compared to 30% who prefer decking.

According to research by Onduline, a sizeable 72% of people prefer real grass to artificial turf.

Meanwhile, the average adult's dream garden would appear colourful (48%), inviting (45%) and tidy (41%).

Having enough room for animals, playing sport and fences is also important to some.

Paul Duffy, managing director of Onduline said: "The research proves how important gardens are to residents of the UK and how we all aspire to have a 'dream garden.'

"This has definitely become more apparent during recent months, with increased time spent at home, as we have all been day-dreaming about what our perfect home and garden would look like.

"What was particularly interesting from the research was seeing how much time people spend in their gardens and outdoor buildings and therefore want it to be the perfect space whether for entertaining, working-out or relaxing."

Tim Miller, from Tim Miller Design which created the 3D image to show the perfect garden, added: "Many of my clients are looking for these top 10 garden features and it's lovely bringing them altogether in one project."

It also emerged that on average, those polled think their perfect garden will cost more than £5,000 to achieve.

But a fifth would put environmentally friendly products above the expenditure when planning their dream garden, and 28% believe it's important to use sustainable materials outside.

More than half would get professionals in to create their inspirational garden, while a 30% would take it on themselves as DIY project.

Even though 31% of people are happy with their gardens, only 17% say their outdoor areas are the “dream”.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found sixth are unimpressed with their outdoor space.

And a tenth even went as far as to say they were embarrassed by it.

Paul added: "Outdoor buildings have always been a key feature of any garden, whether it is a shed or greenhouse, but this survey highlights that people dream of being more adventurous with their choices.

"Summer houses or animal pens may seem like very aspirational products but making the dream a reality is much easier than many may think.

"These days innovation in materials means it is much easier to install an outdoor building, and the job can easily be completed in a couple of hours.

"Onduline's lightweight roofing products are made from an eco-friendly robust material that doesn't contain any metal, meaning they will not rust, so once fitted you can rest assured that you won't need to replace your roof for another at least 15 years."

Inside the Radfords garden with hot tub, huge sofas and a fully-functioning bar

Features of Brits' dream garden:

  1. Lots of plants
  2. Vegetable/fruit patch
  3. Summer house
  4. Water feature
  5. Bird feeder
  6. Shed
  7. A pathway
  8. Hanging baskets
  9. Sun loungers
  10. Swimming pool
  11. Raised flower beds
  12. Built-in barbecue
  13. Pond/lake
  14. Fairy lights
  15. Greenhouse
  16. Hot tub
  17. Dining table
  18. Fire pit
  19. A bridge over water
  20. Garden statues/ornaments
  21. Pizza oven
  22. Swing bench
  23. Hammock
  24. Corner sofa
  25. Log cabin
  26. Outdoor heaters
  27. Spotlights
  28. Treehouse
  29. Pergola
  30. Bar
  31. Bee house
  32. Workshop
  33. Orangery
  34. Day bed
  35. Chiminea
  36. Carport/bespoke garage
  37. Sauna
  38. Log storage
  39. Egg chair
  40. Trampoline
  41. Playground equipment e.g. swing / climbing frame
  42. Outdoor gym
  43. Tennis court
  44. Playhouse
  45. Yoga area
  46. Outdoor rug
  47. Maze
  48. Goal net
  49. Five-a-side pitch
  50. Go-kart track

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