Home renovation and design platform Houzz has announced an 80% increase, overall, in UK project leads for home professionals during July, as compared with the same period in 2019.
House builders and architects experienced an increase in demand of 129% and 113% respectively, with Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Essex, Hertfordhire and Greater London commanding the highest growth in project leads.
Insights on the types of projects homeowners pursued in July suggests consumers are looking for more usable space inside and outside the home.
Home extension projects more than quadrupled (up 331%), custom cabinetry tripled (up 263%) and interest in home remodelling grew by 26%.
Demand for kitchen and bathrooms increased by 62% and 55%, respectively.
Managing director for Houzz UK & Ireland Ines Cid commented: “There is an incredible rise in consumer interest for home improvement projects across the country, and people are coming to Houzz to find professionals for major projects such as home extensions and kitchen renovations, as well as for more modest outdoor environments.
“Over the past year, we’ve made significant additions and improvements to how our platform helps homeowners find and connect with the right professional for their project – enabling people to directly schedule video meetings with pros through Houzz Pro is just one example and we’re really seeing the impact of those investments in the number and quality of connections we’re making.”
Houzz has more than 2.5million active home renovation and design professionals around the world in more than 65 categories, including architects interior designers, contractors and landscape professionals.