The Spare Necessities: Bucks residents make the most of a spare room

A study in a show home at Eagles’ Rest

Residents in Buckinghamshire aspire to use a spare room for their hobbies, a recent survey has revealed.

As the changing demands of working life have potential to cause stress and eat into time people would rather spend unwinding, there is growing need for a room dedicated to a hobby to nurture personal skills and improve creativity.

The survey, conducted by five star developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes* has revealed that two thirds (66%) of people in the county would use their spare room for a hobby or pastime.

As the UK’s largest housebuilder, Barratt and David Wilson Homes provide high-quality homes with spaces suitable to live, work and play and recognises the importance of balancing all three.

If homeowners find themselves with a spare room available, there is flexibility to turn it into a room specifically for relaxing and enjoying their favourite activities after a busy day.

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “It’s no surprise to see residents in the county wanting to use their spare room for hobbies. Being able to unwind after a demanding day is crucial to ensure good mental health and progress with personal development as well as professional development.

“The last year has been particularly hard for many and, whether it’s painting, drawing, sewing, singing or anything in between, having a hobby that you enjoy doing and takes your mind of any worries is essential to maintain positivity.

“For prospective buyers who’d like to see the space they can advance their favourite pastime in, we’d encourage anyone interested to book an appointment with one of our Sales Advisers who can introduce them to their spare room to use in a variety of unique ways.

“Purchasing your own property means you have freedom to decorate however you wish and a spare room has plenty of flexibility since it can be used for any purpose.”

Barratt and David Wilson Homes has a few ideas on how to use a spare room to get creative juices flowing and ensure it will be the favourite room in the house.


Keep on top of fitness goals with a home gym

For those still striving to conquer their fitness goals, using the spare room to create a home gym may be the perfect solution.

Having gym equipment at home means homeowners can maintain their daily exercise and save on expensive membership fees; beginners can also maintain some privacy by working out at home initially.


Keep the silver screen under the roof with a home cinema

One luxury every homeowner dreams of having is a home cinema system, with a large screen, blackout curtains and a sofa deep enough to sink into.

Creating a home cinema would be perfect for all homebuyers and a great way to make the best use of a spare room. People only have a couple of months with a particular film to get the best cinematic experience, but with a home cinema, all homeowners would need is a DVD and some snacks to make that experience last a lifetime.


Have some me-time with a ‘man cave’ or ‘she shed’

A ‘man cave’, or a ‘she shed’, could provide a zone for people to spend some time by themselves, surrounded by everything to do with their hobbies and interests.

A retreat to the specially designed room might involve reading or watching television, however homebuyers might choose to engage in one of their hobbies such as art and craft making, or physical and mental practices like yoga or pilates.


Barratt Homes is currently building properties at the following developments in Buckinghamshire: Brooklands, Eagles’ Rest, Woburn Downs and Fairfields in Milton Keynes.

David Wilson Homes is also currently building properties in Buckinghamshire at Fairfields, Eagles’ Rest and Woburn Downs, as well as at Lavendon Fields in Lavendon and Brooklands Park in Milton Keynes.

For further information about any nearby developments, please call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8481 or the David Wilson Homes sales team on 033 3355 8486. Alternatively, you can visit or