The Vale of Glamorgan sees more home improvements than any other part of Wales according to research released today, with 1.64 applications for every 100 private homes. That's according to research by construction intelligence company, Barbour ABI.
As one of the richest districts in Wales it comes closest to the average across the rest of the UK.
But Blaenau Gwent, one of our poorest areas, is second in the Welsh league of home improvement districts. Much of this increase appears to have been down to energy saving initiatives leading to an increase in improvements such a external wall insulation.
Householders in Wales spend an average of £830 a year improving and altering their homes, compared to £1,000 in the rest of the UK.