Garden rooms market down in 2010 but to rise 15 per cent by 2015 says report

A New AMA report of the UK Garden Rooms Market says the sector will come out of recession by 2015 after dropping 14% to £110m in 2010.

The report stated:

"The market for garden rooms and buildings was worth an estimated £110m at retail prices in 2010, including value added services such as installation. This was 14 per cent down on the previous year. However, while 2011 is set to be a difficult year, future prospects for the market are more favourable in 2012-2015 as the economy and the sector come out of recession and start to return to growth.

"The volume of units sold is estimated to increase at a lower rate than the increase in the value of the market and is forecast to reach approximately 30 – 32,000 units in 2015 – up over 15 per cent on current volumes."

Following a period of annual growth of 6-7 per cent between 2006-08, helped by a rise in home working, the UK garden rooms and buildings market fared less favourably in 2009/10 due to difficult economic conditions and falling numbers of housing transactions. 

Hardest hit was the lower end of the market, particularly log cabins, and the very high premium and luxury end for timber framed buildings and ‘other’ garden buildings. Although modular garden rooms also declined, the sector performed better than other products, as the number of homeworkers increased.

The market for garden rooms and buildings was worth an estimated £110m at retail prices in 2010, including value added services such as installation. This was 14 per cent down on the previous year and, by mid-2011, the forecasts are that the market would be down a further 5 per cent to around £105m in 2011.

There are three main types of garden buildings: modular garden rooms, accounting for an estimated 43 per cent by value, log cabins at 32 per cent and timber framed buildings at 24 per cent.  But by volume log cabins are the largest market estimated at  over 75 per cent. 

While 2011 is set to be a difficult year, future prospects for the market are more favourable in 2012-2015 as the economy and the sector come out of recession and start to return to growth. The volume of units sold is estimated to increase at a lower rate than the increase in the value of the market and is forecast to reach approximately 30 – 32,000 units in 2015.  This trend is expected to continue in the medium to long term due to growth at the premium end of the market and the increased share of modular and timber framed garden buildings at the expense of lower value log cabins.

AMA Research’s report "Garden Rooms and Buildings Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis" is available in hard copy or electronic format for £665 and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242 235724.


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