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Blog July 30, 2020

Homeowners’ online searches for extensions double during lockdown

According to the latest industry research, Google searches for garden rooms and conservatories doubled during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The research by Westbury Garden Rooms compared search volumes for April to June 2020 with the same period in 2019. They looked at a wide variety of keywords relating to conservatories, garden rooms and orangeries.

‘Garden rooms’ were the most sought after extension type with a 165 per cent increase, followed by orangeries (89 per cent) and conservatories (68 per cent).

Experts believe that Covid-19 has led to many of us changing our habits and lifestyles, the most significant of which the level of people working from home who may never return to the workplace life they previously experienced.

As a result of this, there is a greater demand from homeowners for multifunctional spaces in the home such as these.

James Upton, Managing Director of Westbury Garden Rooms, said: “Throughout lockdown, homeowners were using their homes in ways they may have never previously considered and our research bears out the claustrophobia that many people experienced whilst being cooped up for days on end.

“Therefore, it is perhaps of little wonder that many homeowners were not only researching ways to extend their home but that they were specifically looking for a glazed extension, which not only increases square footage but also adds unparalleled natural light and overall space too.

“A glazed extension, such as an orangery, is a striking addition to any home but homeowners should consider the practical use of the space before going ahead. A good designer will work with the family to understand their needs and create a new room that works for everyone whether that be cooking, entertaining, working, simply relaxing or all of the above.

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