Nation’s dream garden is revealed: Homeowners want a 88ft long plot with summer house, swimming pool, fire pit and built-in barbecue
- Research carried out by roofing company Onduline finds Brits want colourful, inviting and tidy outdoor space
- Survey of 2,000 people reveals the 50 things Brits want most to create their vision of a perfect back garden
- Over half of people surveyed wanted enough space for chickens, while others were keen on ducks or goats
- Yoga areas, log storage and pziza ovens all feature on list of Brits most wanted items for the great outdoors
The nation’s dream garden is 88ft long, with a summer house, swimming pool, fire pit and built in barbecue, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 people have shared the must-haves for a great British garden, with space for animals also a popular choice.
The survey has created a 50-strong list of Brits most wanted items to improve their gardens, including features such as pizza ovens, log storage and yoga area.
Half would opt for a flat rather than tiered landscape, while 32 per cent want stone flooring compared to 30 per cent who prefer decking.
After months of lockdown gardening, the survey gathered opinions on all areas of the outdoor space, finding 72 per cent would rather have grass than use astro-turf.
The research and image were commissioned by Onduline and found that overall, the average adult’s dream garden would appear colourful, inviting and tidy.
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”.
A survey of 2,000 Brits was used to design the ‘perfect garden,’ which features a summer house, swimming pool and plenty of space for flowers and animals to flourish
‘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, said: ‘Many of my clients are looking for these top 10 garden features and it’s lovely bringing them altogether in one project.’
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
The research also found a third would border their dream garden with a fence, while 32 per cent prefer hedging.
More than half would like a big enough space to house animals, with 57 per cent of those surveyed after a chicken coop.
Just under a third would like to have their own ducks, with 17 per cent would prefer goats.
From wannabe farmers to active sports players, a tenth would also include a tennis court in their dream garden and another 10 per cent would like an outdoor gym.
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 per cent feel it’s important to use sustainable materials outside.
More than half would get professionals in to create their inspirational garden, while a brave 30 per cent would see it as a DIY project.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found that despite 31 per cent being happy with their garden currently, only 17 per cent feel they have their ‘dream’ garden.
And a sixth are unimpressed with their outdoor space while a tenth even went as far as to say they were embarrassed by it.
Currently, during the typical week, garden-owners spend seven hours in their outdoor space, along with three hours in their outbuildings – 13 per cent have a summer house and 55 per cent own a garage.
More than a quarter use their outdoor buildings for relaxing, 15 per cent have them as their work space and 17 per cent enjoy hobbies in them.
Similarly, almost two thirds use their garden as a place to relax, while a fifth regularly dine outside and 17 per cent use the space to play with their children.
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.’
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