Do you see your home as bricks and mortar? Or as a sanctuary and a happy place full of memories?
A new study of British homeowners across the country has revealed that just 66 per cent believe they live in a home, with a third claiming the place they live is merely a house, made of bricks and mortar.
But what exactly makes a house a home? 57 per cent said it was down to happiness, a further 50 per cent believed safety and security are what makes a difference, whilst 44 per cent said it was down to the sound of laughter.
Other 'homely attributes’ included a well-stocked fridge, a pet, freshly laundered sheets every Friday, a massive TV, and – a few arguments now and then.
What’s more, in the survey commissioned by of 1,000 UK homeowners, one in 10 said their home is just somewhere they simply 'hang their hat’. But it’s important to note that there really is no right or wrong answer here. For some, framed pictures of family and friends and the smell of cooking makes a house a home, or decorating and home improvements, or for others ,it's more of an emotional connection where they’ve experienced life events.
Take a look at the top 30 things that make a house a home – according to British homeowners:
- Happiness - 57 per cent
- Love - 51 per cent
- Security and safety - 50 per cent
- The sound of laughter - 44 per cent
- Meals with family and friends - 43 per cent
- The smell of good food cooking - 43 per cent
- A comfy sofa - 42 per cent
- A bath AND a shower - 40 per cent
- Freshly laundered sheets each week - 39 per cent
- A well-stocked fridge - 39 per cent
- Framed pictures of family and friends - 39 per cent
- Pets - 36 per cent
- Children - 32 per cent
- Sunday roasts - 32 per cent
- Summer BBQs in the garden - 32 per cent
- Your collections – e.g. books, paintings and DVDs - 31 per cent
- Having a place just for you in your house - 30 per cent
- General life noise - 25 per cent
- Festive celebrations - 25 per cent
- Comfy corners - 25 per cent
- Good cushions - 23 per cent
- An open fire in the winter - 22 per cent
- A big telly - 22 per cent
- Candles - 22 per cent
- Holiday pictures - 20 per cent
- Rugs - 20 per cent
- A TV in your bedroom - 19 per cent
- Family heirlooms - 19 per cent
- Saturday movie nights - 18 per cent
- A few arguments now and again - 13 per cent