AMA's latest report into the health of the garden building industry estimates that the market for domestic garden buildings and structures grew by 3.5% in 2015. Following a relatively flat period between 2010 to 2013, it says that growth began in 2014 and into 2015, thanks to improving consumer confidence and spending.
"The trend towards homeworking has continued," say the authors, "and there is a growing need to provide accommodation for parents and children unable to enter the housing market. Also benefiting the market are the increasing uses of garden buildings for leisure activities as well as the trend for upgrading specification and increased customisation of buildings... Homeworking has been increasing since 2011 and it is likely that its popularity will continue to grow, particularly as faster broadband coverage reaches all parts of the UK, which is likely to continue stimulating demand for garden offices. "
The report adds that increasing variation and choice of products also benefits the market which it predicts will grow by 3-5% a year until 2020. One limiting factor it highlights however may be the decreasing size of the average garden size of new builds as well as the large proportion of flats and apartments expected to be built to meet the Government’s housing targets.
An article in DIY Week also points out that sheds are the leading type of building in the sector (35% share), followed by garden buildings for all year use, then log cabins and summerhouses, each with more than 20% of the market.
Garden Spaces, suppliers of contemporary garden buildings, offices, gyms and studios, many of which do not require planning