When you think about the most popular home improvement projects, things like new kitchens or bathrooms probably spring to mind.

And while these are popular options (fitting a new kitchen is the project most people want to tackle, in fact), so too are garden makeovers.

Ideal Home recently shared research from John Lewis Finance, which found that garden makeovers are the second most popular home improvement project among Brits, with 20 per cent of homeowners hoping to get stuck into their outdoor space.

Only fitting a new kitchen was more popular, with 22 per cent citing this as the first project they want to tackle in their homes.

A new bathroom, an extension and a loft conversion completed the top five. However, the survey also found that we’re better at daydreaming about home improvements than actually doing them, with 22 per cent of respondents revealing that they’ve been thinking about their next project for six years or longer.

With summer underway, now is the ideal time to think about how you could make better use of your outdoor space, even if you can’t make too many changes in time to enjoy them this year.

This could be a good time to get started on your groundworks in Lancashire though, if you’re planning a dramatic change to the layout of your garden.

One thing you might want to include in your space is beds where you can grow your own fruit and veg. In fact, research published earlier this month by Direct Line’s SELECT Premier Insurance found that 40 per cent of Brits grow their own produce.

Herbs and fruit were slightly more popular than vegetables, but it seems that more and more of us are aiming to become more self-sufficient with our ambitions to grow our own.