With the last year forcing everyone indoors throughout the pandemic, many of us have decided to use this time to pick up a paintbrush, dust down our toolboxes and give our homes a much-needed makeover.
Reports reveal that 85% of UK residents have undertaken home improvement activities during the lockdown period, with UK homeowners spending a whopping £55 billion on renovations to create their dream property.
In this article, we explore the most common DIY projects that people take up within their homes and the reasons behind them.
While your main motive in renovating your home may be to give you more living space for you and your family, many improvement projects will also boost the value of your home. A home extension can add anything up to 12% to the market value of your property.
Change Your Home Aesthetic
Much like our hairstyles, wardrobes and cars, our tastes often change as time goes on. Swapping our colour schemes or interior aesthetics of the rooms in our homes can be a great way to mix things up to revive your home to give it a new lease of life.
Whether you’re a first time buyer looking for a DIY challenge, or you’ve got a whole family who are itching to get involved, home improvements can be a fun and rewarding activity. Once all the hard work is complete, you can sit back, relax, and admire your handy work for a long time to come afterwards. Certain tasks such as painting have been proven to benefit our mental health by provides significant stress relief, allowing your mind to relax.
What are the most popular home DIY projects?
A recent study by SGS engineering found 123,500 searches for ‘how to wallpaper’ putting it at the top of the list for DIY searches on Google. With ‘DIY Kitchen’ coming in second with 116,900 searches, and ‘DIY decorating’ coming in at third with 96,000. Another popular DIY hack that has been taking our homes by storm recently is upcycling. This sustainable hobby has become one of the top trends of the 2021. Upcycling is simply taking used, vintage, broken or discarded furniture and reviving it, to give it a new lease of life. Repurposing old furniture can come in any shape or form, from painting furniture to creating completely new pieces out of old materials around the house – the possibilities are endless. Why not have a hunt around your home and see if there’s anything you could upcycle before considering throwing it away?