Stone, pavers and/or concrete specialists are most commonly hired (19%), followed by patio and decking specialists and landscape contractors (18% respectively).
The 2017 Houzz UK Landscaping Trends Survey of UK homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning, or who recently completed an outdoor project, found that among those with next-door neighbours, one in five (23%) revealed that their new garden had been influenced by a nearby household.
Along with large scale projects, UK homeowners are making significant investments in their gardens. Half budget £3,000 or less for their landscape projects (51%), but only two-fifths spent this amount (42%). Meanwhile, more than half spend more than £3,000 (58%), with only 49% budgeting this amount, indicating that budgets do not always align with spending.
The study also found that British homeowners are building bridges with neighbours following landscaping renovations as 15% of homeowners interact more with their neighbours after a landscaping update.
One in five (23%) however, admitted that their garden makeover was motivated by a lack of privacy, demonstrating that UK homeowners value their own space, too. Unsurprisingly, half (50%) of those updating non-structural features, improved their fence or property border.
UK homeowners spend around eight hours per week in their gardens during the summer, and two hours per week during the winter. During landscape projects, British homeowners are creating comfortable outdoor spaces for entertaining and relaxing with items like outdoor dining and lounge furniture (43% and 33%, respectively), treating their gardens as an extension of the home.
Nearly one in 10 is investing in outdoor kitchen equipment, such as a barbecue and either built-in cabinetry, a sink and/or a refrigerator (8%). Pizza ovens are also popular additions, with 9% prioritising one.
"Our research shows that one in two renovating homeowners make upgrades to their gardens and/or outdoor structures," said Andrew Small, managing director of Houzz UK. "Home buyers are key drivers of these renovations, motivated to extend their living spaces to the gardens and achieve a stylish yet low maintenance surroundings. Outdoor kitchens and elaborate outdoor lighting are key trends to look out for in 2017."