Memories are made of this
Home is where the heart is, but for many of us, it’s the house we grew up in – not where we live now, according to a study.
Researchers polled 2,000 UK adults and found over half of people from the region consider their childhood residence to be their ‘true’ home.
Nostalgia is the overriding reason for this – 58 per cent revealed their affection for their childhood dwellings is entwined with fond memories of their formative years.
Five in 10 said the place they grew up in was special because they were able to spend the most time together with their family and 66 per cent said they felt safer there.
Commissioned by leading door and window brand, Origin, the national research found 38 per cent think their current home lacks the ‘magic’ of their childhood home.
Amid this, almost one in 10 people living in the UK have even taken steps to make their current dwellings more like the home they grew up in – including replicating the décor and furnishings.
Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said: “Our work is centred around creating beautiful homes for our customers and their families, but we were curious to find out more about the stories our homes tell and what special ingredients are needed to really make a house a home.
“Interestingly, our research has shown that it’s the small details that stay with us and it is these little quirks that really make a house a ‘true’ home, even after we have moved on and into a new property.”
The research also found the garden is the most fondly remembered aspect of our childhood homes. Other enduring memories include the view from the windows, mum’s cooking and laughing together as a family.
It also emerged those polled believe homes ‘tell a story’ about the lives of the people living there - whether it be height markings on doorframes, family photographs or holiday souvenirs.
Three in 10 Brits said they would go as far as to buy the home they grew-up in if they could and 42 per cent of East Midlanders said they felt happier living there than at any other time of their lives.