Natural light tops the ‘must have’ poll for family homes


NATURAL LIGHT is the most important thing to consider for a family home, according to a recent survey.

The poll of 25–44 year olds also showed that a large garden is thought of as crucial for creating a good family environment.

The research from Origin asked 500 people what they see as fundamental features for comfortable family living.

Of those asked, more than a quarter (26.4 per cent) placed natural light as their top consideration, with just less than one in five (19.8 per cent) citing a large safe garden.

Neil Ginger, CEO and founder of Origin, 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.’

Age played a significant part in how the votes were cast, with 29 per cent of the older respondents (35–44) placing natural light at the top, compared with 23.9 per cent of those aged 25 to 34.

The younger audience seemed split on what they found most important, with 22.4 per cent claiming garden size was the crucial factor. The 35-to-44 group showed a clearer split, with just 17 per cent voting for a garden as their number one consideration.

The full results are as follows:

1. Natural light within the rooms (26.4 per cent)
2. A large safe garden (19.8 per cent)
3. Open plan kitchen/diner (16.2 per cent)
4. Downstairs toilet (15.8 per cent)
5. A separate lounge (12.4 per cent)
6. Easy access to the garden from inside (7.2 per cent)
7. Other (2.2 per cent)

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