Google searches for garden rooms and conservatories double during lockdown
Google searches for glazed extensions such as orangeries, garden rooms and conservatories doubled during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to Westbury Garden Rooms.
The research compared search volumes for April to June 2020 with the same period in 2019 for a wide range of keywords relating to orangeries, garden rooms and conservatories. ‘Garden rooms’ were the most sought after extension type with an 165% increase, followed by orangeries (89%) and conservatories (68%).
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.
“It’s clear that COVID-19 has led to many changes in our habits and lifestyles, the most significant of which is that increasing numbers of people will be working from home and may never return to the workplace as they knew it. As a result, there is a greater demand for multifunctional spaces in the home, a need that can be easily met with the addition of a glazed extension.”