Residents Want The Chance Of The Light Fantastic

Glass in the perfect home

The ability to flood rooms with natural light is the most fantastic feature in UK residents' perceived perfect homes says a survey by Pilkington UK.

In the manufacturer’s poll of more than 2,000 UK adults, two thirds (66%) of respondents agreed that lots of natural light was key to meeting their vision of the ‘perfect home. Meanwhile, three in five (60%) wanted a spacious garden, with half wanting spare bedrooms (53%) and lots of open space (48%), in their dream property.

While almost two thirds (64%) citied natural light as being ‘very important’ for the home, the living room was the preferred space to have the most natural light (73%), followed by the kitchen (57%) and the master bedroom (27%).

More than half (54%) saw double-glazed windows in their dream home, with one in five (17%) wanting bi-folding doors and 14% looking for skylight windows.


Money worries

While 86% agreed that having the perfect home was important during the pandemic, 44% expect they will never achieve their dream house, with money being the top barrier – cited by 68% of those polled.


 “The glass and glazing sector really does hold the keys to UK residents’ perfect homes, with natural light trumping big gardens and huge rooms in the shared vision of an aspirational house.”

– Julia Berkin 

Brand & Marketing Communications Manager, Pilkington UK


Green Homes Grant

“The findings point towards an opportunity for the sector to help homeowners as they expand glazed areas, build conservatories or install skylights in the pursuit of perfection," continues Pilkington's Berkin. “And while money is naturally a barrier to many wanting to make home improvements, measures like the recently launched Green Homes Grant are offering a leg-up to some of those looking to install better performing windows in their properties.

"The new consultation expected on boosting the energy-efficiency of rental properties and social housing also holds promising signs for making attributes of the perfect home, like double-glazing, more accessible to tenants."

Picture: Glass in the perfect home.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
05th November 2020


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