When you think of how you want to feel in your home, you probably think, “I want to be comfortable”. That is how you want to feel when you first enter your home and how you want to feel as you move through the day and evening in your home. But what does being comfortable in your home actually feel like? Let’s take a look at what it means to achieve a home in which you feel comfortable.
It might be surprising to hear that the quality of drinking water in our country is not very good. After all, most people in this country get their water through municipalities that regulate how the water is treated before it reaches our homes. Unfortunately, the treatment systems aren’t perfect. Sometimes the water supply can be contaminated by outside sources. Chemicals are added to water to treat other harmful contamination. And sometimes the pipes that deliver water from the treatment plant to our homes leach harmful chemicals into the water (think lead).
Healthy indoor air quality is a necessity for healthy living. We breathe in over 15,000 liters of air every day! A lot of people think that outdoor air is the most polluted air we breathe, but in most cases the air in our homes is more polluted than outdoor air. Outdoor air pollution is caused by traffic, farming, industrial practices, and construction. But that outdoor air pollution doesn’t stay outside. It finds its way into our homes through doors, windows, and all the tiny holes in the walls, roof, and foundation. And believe me, even though they can’t be seen, houses are generally full of tiny holes!
Health and wellness are at the top of everyone’s minds these days. And for good reason. You know that eating right and moving your body keeps you healthy and living longer. But did you know that your house can either promote or discourage a healthy lifestyle?
There are many ways that a house can promote wellness including healthy indoor air and water quality, proper lighting, bringing nature inside, and designing spaces that encourage healthy living. If you are designing a new home or remodeling your existing home, the kitchen is the perfect place to start bringing wellness into your home. Find out how to design a healthy kitchen.
The amount of resources on the internet can be a little overwhelming, right? It takes a lot of time to sift through it all, verify that it is trustworthy information, and then make an informed decision. It’s nice to know that there are some websites you can visit that are guaranteed to have reliable, trustworthy information. Below are a few of my favorite online healthy living and green building resources. These are the sites I visit to find the expert, trustworthy advice I need to make informed design and product decisions.
My obsession with wellness focused design began in early 2016 when I was first introduced to the WELL Building Standard. I was at a sustainable design conference and kept hearing the word ‘Well’ in every workshop I attended. I finally sat in on a course that covered the fundamentals of the WELL Building Standard, and I felt as if I just entered a whole new world of impactful design. A guideline for designing buildings that promote health, energy and longer living?! I was sold.