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Revealed: Brits’ most hated home improvements

Written by: Christina Hoghton
Pebble dashed walls or crazy paving on the driveway - we look at the home improvement trends that have not stood the test of time.

We are a nation of dedicated home improvers, but there are some trends that have gone right out of fashion.

A new survey looked at the most loved and loathed home improvements of the past 50 years and highlighted some of the more bizarre choices made in the name of good taste.

Out of date

Pebble dashing has the dubious honour of being the most loathed home improvement trend of the past 50 years, according to the study by Anglian Home Improvements, and was chosen by more than half of respondents (52%).

It was followed by crazy paving, once the height of fashion but now loathed by a significant 43% of Brits. In third place is the iconic seventies coloured bathroom suite, chosen by 42% as their most hated home imporvement.

Most wanted

At the other end of the scale, Brits were keen to show their love for the best trends in home improvements. Top of the list with 58% of the vote came ‘indoor-outdoor flow’ – the latest trend of opening up your home and garden, with huge windows or bi-folding doors.

Separate dining rooms (56%) and TV or cinema rooms (44%) also scored highly in the most loved home improvement trends.

Melanie McDonald, spokesperson for Anglian Home Improvements, said: “The past 50 years have brought about great advancements in the home but it’s clear from this research some trends have more enduring appeal than others.

“Rising house prices and high deposits mean buyers have less cash on hand available to make alterations to their new home when they move in. Features like coloured bathroom suites that may not have previously been a deal breaker could put someone off buying your property, especially if there is additional work to be done.”

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