Don’t move, improve! A new kitchen is just the ticket for British homeowners who can’t afford to up sticks

Were you gripped by Bank Holiday DIY fever over the Easter weekend? If a new kitchen is top of your home improvements wish-list, you're not alone...

Over the Easter bank holiday, did you finally get stuck into a DIY project that you’d been wanting to start for ages? Or perhaps the extra few days at home gave you time to think about home improvement projects.

The desire to improve our homes is as strong as ever – and it turns out that what many of us really, really want is… a new kitchen.

According to research from home and garden retailer Kleeneze, a new kitchen was top of the home improvement wish-list for 20% of Brits.
The heart of the home: a new kitchen was top of the home improvement wish-list for 20% of Brits  Brent Darby
As the heart of the home, families spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen – cooking, sharing meals, catching up, or as a place for children to do homework. But the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to revamp, so a redesign is quite a luxury at a time when many us of are cutting back.

If space is your heart’s desire, then you won’t be surprised to hear that 18% of us would love an extension, as the next best thing to moving house.

The survey of 2,000 adults in the UK showed that while 27% of us have had to put our home projects on hold for the time being, the majority (56%) wouldn’t mind cutting back in other areas to afford those dream home improvements.
Need more space? 18% of us would love an extension, as the next best thing to moving house  Robert Sanderson
‘Staying put is the only option for many,’ says Lisa Burke, Sales Director at Kleeneze. ‘But keeping our homes how we like, by making improvements or extending, is still a priority,’ she says.

‘However, it just goes to show how house proud we are as a nation, when we see that many are willing to cut back on other spending if there’s something we want to change in our home.

‘For many, taking on a part-time job can be the answer to funding these improvements,’ says Lisa.

Would you take an additional job to fund those coveted home improvements?

We’re still debating. For that dream kitchen? Maybe.

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