Large kitchen tops homebuyers' wishlistIt's more important than a big garden

24 August 2007

 

A big kitchen with space to dine tops the homebuyers' wish list, according to a new report.

Research found that space for a kitchen table was more important than a large garden and a downstairs toilet in the eyes of would-be buyers.

Roomy cooking areas were particularly popular with same-sex couples, with more than a quarter listing it as the most important feature they look for.

Insurer Legal & General quizzed more than 4,000 people about their housing wish list as part of the research.

Big kitchen

They found that overall, 15% mentioned having a big kitchen with room for a kitchen table as their most important want.

Second was a large garden with 13% of the vote, followed by en suite bathrooms and room for extensions with 9% apiece.

According to the research, the people most likely to want a big garden in their dream home are young couples with no children.

The least popular feature listed was a dining room and an attic, both of which only gained 1% of the vote for most important feature.

Family mealtimes

Carina Norris, registered nutritionist and author of You Are What You Eat: The Meal Planner That Will Change Your Life, said: 'After the trend for homebuyers to opt for tiny kitchens, or even 'capsule kitchens' with just a microwave and no proper oven, it is really encouraging to see the pendulum swinging back to large kitchens, with plenty of space for the family to eat together.

This could mean the return of the good old British family mealtime.

Ruth Wilkins, head of communications at Legal & General, said: 'The look and feel of today's homes is changing to reflect the changing demographics of different groups of people. What may be important to some is different to others when it comes to buying their home.'

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