Home Office and Jacuzzi Top Priority for Dream Homes

Survey by Orchard's of London shows surprising priorities for homeowners


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Orchards of London

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Orchards of London, boutique estate agents serving Ealing, Acton and Chiswick, have recently conducted a survey looking into the features and expectations that potential home owners now want in their “Dream” home.

They organise surveys as a way to get data on trends and expectations in the UK and London housing market. A surprising 81% of people surveyed said that they now regarded a home office as a necessity and 48% said that a home cinema/media room was a 'must have' part of a house compared to 5 years ago. This was followed by home gym at 39%, a wine cellar at 7% and a sauna at 6%

Over half those surveyed would want three of more bathrooms in their dream home and for 60% the top feature they wanted was a jacuzzi.

Paul Connolly, Managing Director of Orchards of London said, "As an agent it is important to know not only your area well, but to understand the needs and desires of your customers."

The questions ranged from the mundane, such as “Would a home-office be a necessity?” to the more fanciful, for example “What one thing would you want in your dream bathroom?” where the options were a Jacuzzi Bath, Plasma TV’s built into the wall or a wet room.

“ Trends and expectations are constantly evolving, so it is important to regularly assess the market. Here we can spot that home-movers are very keen on energy efficient solutions as well as home networking systems such as wireless broadband. A few years ago, people would have been more interested in having under-floor heating systems as well as fitted wine cooler!”

The results of the Survey are below:

  • What room would you consider the most important ‘must have’ today compared to five years ago?


  • Would having a home-office be a necessity?


  • If your property had planning permission already in place, what is the most important possible extension?

  • How many bathrooms would you want in your dream home?





Three or more


  • What sort of home networking would you require?

Broadband Connection


The whole house to be wired for smart systems




  • What one luxury feature would you expect from your kitchen?

Built-in Cappuccino/Espresso machine


Extra large fridge freezer


Wine cooler


  • What one feature would you want in your dream bathroom?

Jacuzzi Bath


Plasma TVs built into the wall


Wet room


  • What is the most important feature that the property should have as standard?

Under-floor heating


Smart house technology


Energy efficient heating system




August 21, 2012