Home interiors expert Julia Kendell, the designer on television’s DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover and who also runs her own interior design company, said:
“We have a strong emotional connection to our homes and it is no wonder that we are prepared to invest significant sums into creating a space that provides for our wellbeing and everyday enjoyment. We also have strong opinions about our DIY and decoration likes and dislikes and will spend much time and energy planning layouts, design schemes and accessorising.”
“It’s perhaps not surprising that if a much anticipated home improvement doesn’t go according to plan, or achieve the desired end result, it can lead to domestic disharmony and a huge sense of disappointment. It’s good to note, however, that research suggests we tend to laugh off and learn from DIY disasters rather than take them to heart.”
The research also showed that:
- 23 per cent of those interviewed would also sacrifice having a baby or more children to put their house in order
- Men far less likely than women to give up the latest home technology (47% against 27% of women) or a new car (28% of men versus 20% of women).