Orangeries & Home Improvement Projects Around the Country
6 April 2018
We often get asked how far around the country do we get involved in new orangery and conservatory projects. The response is everywhere: from Cheshire to Cornwall to the Channels Islands, the chances are, there is an award-winning David Salisbury orangery in relatively close proximity!
Whilst we have always been based in Somerset, we have a nationwide focus and are just as happy working on a new oak building in East Sussex as we are East Devon. Our new page entitled Where We Work, talks a bit more about the breadth of our service in terms of regionality and how sales designers are able to provide their complimentary design visits.
This is borne out by some new research from our friends at Barbour ABI, the expert providers of construction industry for the government and Office for National Statistics, among others – they have just published a report entitled ‘Home Improvers of Great Britain 2018.’
Much has been written in recent times about the phenomenon of people ‘improving rather than moving,’ and this report provides further evidence to that effect. The headline statistic from the research is the number of home improvement planning applications increased by 3% in 2017 for the country as a whole.
What was notable in this report was that London was less of an influence on the market last year as has been the case in previous years. Planning applications fell in most boroughs and across the City in total in 2017. However, this was in contrast to the rest of the country where more areas saw increases in planning applications than saw decreases.
Most interestingly, the biggest growth in home improvement applications came from North West England, increasing by 9.3%. For those of you who think our economy is too London and South East-centric, the growth in home improvement activity was greater around the rest of the country than it was in the South East.
A ‘rear single-storey extension’ is the most popular form of home improvement project, for which an orangery or conservatory falls into this category. Interestingly, the report talks about an increase in demand for extensions as ‘living rooms,’ something we can vouch for over recent years.
Here at David Salisbury, our timber building extensions are designed for year round enjoyment, whether painted or oak framed. They provide hugely versatile living spaces that can be enjoyed whatever the time of year.