Recent research from retailer Homebase has shown that consumers perceive small and large projects differently.

The report indicated that people are increasingly creative when it comes to small DIY jobs. However, more than 50 per cent of the sample said they would call on a professional if they needed an extension.

The increasing creativity of people is no surprise, given the popularity of television programmes like Property Ladder and Changing Rooms. Nevertheless, a large project can demand a lot of experience, so a homeowner may need a builder, from Chester to Cheadle, if they want a good result.

Broadcaster and architectural critic Tom Dyckhoff has told The Sunday Telegraph:

“24 per cent of us stencil, 30 per cent can make cushions, while almost a quarter upcycle old furniture.”

While Dyckhoff has presented The Great Interior Design Challenge, he has admitted that his own DIY skills are somewhat limited. He has explained how the Homebase report reflects a change in the way DIY is regarded.

According to the research, the emphasis used to be placed on practical skills. Nowadays, a lot of emphasis is placed on aesthetics. In addition, people are increasingly turning to social media to exchange tips, according to Homebase.

Dyckhoff has also commented on a possible generation gap in behaviour. According to him, young people are unlikely to call on experts for small jobs because of a lack of funds. He has said that he believes people 20 years younger than him are more likely to be skilful with tools.