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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of our summer plans on hold, but there is a silver lining! Being stuck at home has given homeowners the opportunity to renovate their gardens and create a little slice of heaven that they can enjoy all year round.

We asked 400 people to complete a survey about the renovations they'd done in their home since the coronavirus pandemic started. Here you can see the responses to the question: Have you made any additions to your garden because of the COVID-19 lockdown measures? 

We gave 16 options for respondents to choose from and allowed them to tick any number of answers (including none at all). Here are the results...

results from pandemic garden survey

You can see that decks, flower beds and patios are among the most popular, but let's break it down...

  1. Deck
    25% of respondents ticked this answer

  2. Flower beds
    19.5% of respondents ticked this answer

  3. Patio
    18.75% of respondents ticked this answer

  4. Outdoor lighting
    17.5% of respondents ticked this answer

  5. Lawn
    11.25% of respondents ticked this answer

We knew that decks and patios were already popular features of British gardens, but these results show the immense impact that the pandemic has had on people's desire to improve their gardens. Adding a PrimaPorcelain patio is a great way to make better use of your garden whether you're working from home or hosting guests. Our tiles can transform a lack-lustre garden into a stunning, modern low-maintenance space that will last you a lifetime. 

patio in garden

Here you can see a garden room that one of our clients built using our unique Forest Oak Paving. This delightful space will be perfect for a bit of peace and quiet, and can even be set up as a garden office when our client needs to work from home. When you see projects like this, you can understand why patios have become a popular feature of British gardens throughout the pandemic.

Jason Cole, Managing Director of DeckPlus and its parent company Greensquares, said:

"We saw a significant increase in paving orders over the past year, so it comes as no surprise that people have been adding decks to their properties in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"There are a number of possible reasons that paving has become so popular: obviously, we've all been spending more time at home due to the ongoing lockdowns, and adding a deck or patio to your property is a good way to make more use of your existing space. It's also a good place to spend time with friends and family now that we're allowed to meet up with them again.

"Many people were forced to cancel their holidays after the COVID-19 outbreak, so it's possible that some of those people chose to spend the money that they would've spent on a holiday on some home and garden improvements instead."

More about our survey

The survey was sent to Greensquares customers in the UK and received 400 responses:

  • 335 from England
  • 38 from Wales
  • 25 from Scotland
  • 2 from Northern Ireland

75% of people said that they use their garden every day during spring/summer and a17% said they use their garden space every day in autumn/winter. Of course, with the right garden features, you can make better use of your garden during all the seasons!

We've been supplying porcelain paving to homes across the UK throughout the pandemic, and we're so happy we were able to bring a bit of joy into people's lives during this difficult time. If you're interested in adding a patio to your garden, take a look at our paving ranges and don't forget to order your FREE samples

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