Both a detached home and a house in the country came joint first in the poll to see what type of property us Brits would love to live in. Owning a bungalow was a close second, with many desiring a one-storey home. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this peaked for those aged over 55.
Where we live now
A quarter of the population, 12.5 million people currently live in a suburban semi-detached house. Meanwhile, just over a fifth of Brits live in a flat and slightly fewer live in a terrace house, possibly due to our ever-growing and thriving city centres. However, only 15% of people say they live in the ‘dream’ detached house.
Our dream home
When asked about which features Brits would most like to see inside their dream home, extravagant features went out the window in favour of more achievable home improvements.
List of Dream Home features in order of preference
Top ten features
Bottom ten features
Practice golf green
Close to local amenities
The ‘wow’ factor
Original features in an older property
Within a gated community
Indoor swimming pool
Summer house conservatory
Top-of-the-range kitchen appliances
Perhaps surprisingly, gardens are a big priority in the dream home of young people (aged 18-24) – with 1 in 5 voting that one as a must-have. In contrast, people aged 55+ prefer the comfortable practicality of an en suite bathroom.
All in all…
The results show that Brits are more focused, even in the dream world, on practicalities in their home rather than extravagance. Luxury features were bottom of the list of things people want from their home.
It would seem that most of us have quite modest tastes when it comes to our ‘dream home’ - or maybe we are just focusing on what seems achievable. An en suite is probably not the first thing to spring to mind when asked to describe the perfect property.
However, functional practicality is a blissful idea for busy families in 2016, who may well spend a stolen quiet moment dreaming of a larger, detached home in the country as a possible upgrade to their current suburban semi.