Dream garden revealed: An 88ft plot with summer house, pool, and BBQ

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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