What are the ‘must-have’ features of a family home?

An open-plan kitchen diner is the third favourite ‘must-have’ feature for a family home, according to a recent survey.

The study from Origin, a manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds, asked 500 UK adults between aged 25 and 44 what they see as fundamental features for comfortable family living.

The research, conducted via Google Surveys on behalf of Origin, revealed that natural light is the most important factor to consider (26.4%), followed by a large, safe garden for creating a good family environment (19.8%) and an open plan kitchen/diner (16.2%).

Open-plan areas create the illusion of more space in the home, and can increase the levels of natural light, as there are fewer partitions blocking the sun’s rays.

Origin ceo and founder Neil Ginger said: “Light in the home creates a feeling of space and freedom. These aspects are important when bringing up young children.

“As more and more people choose to renovate their homes rather than move, the decision to create areas where more light can enter the home is becoming ever more popular.

“Installing new, large doors and windows is one solution to a problem that this survey shows is increasingly important to homeowners.” Age played a big part in how the votes were cast, with 29% of the older respondents (35-44) citing natural light as the top priority, compared with 23.9% of those aged 25 to 34. The younger audience seemed split on what they found most important, with 22.4% claiming garden size was the crucial factor. The 35-to-44 group showed a clearer split, with just 17% voting for a garden as their number one consideration.
The full results are:

1. Natural light within the rooms (26.4%)

2. A large safe garden (19.8%)

3. Open plan kitchen/diner (16.2%)

4. Downstairs toilet (15.8%)

5. A separate lounge (12.4%)

6. Easy access to the garden from inside (7.2%)

7. Other (2.2%)

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