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.
You're ready to start your renovation, right? Once you have your existing conditions plan, the fun stuff can begin! The next step after understanding your current floor plan is to understand what you want to achieve with your renovation and why. Determining your purpose for the remodel will help guide the design and give you a clear path to a successful finished product.
If you are planning or even just starting to think about a home renovation, then this series is for you. The renovation series will take you step-by-step through the process of preparing for your home renovation. Remodeling a home can be stressful and overwhelming, but with some helpful guidance you will be ready to tackle your renovation project with confidence and ease.
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.
Think about how you spent your day yesterday. If you are like most Americans, you woke up, took some time getting ready for work, walked into your garage, drove to work, sat/stood/walked at your desk for 8-10 hours, possibly stepping outdoors for a 10 or 20 minute break for lunch, got back in your car at the end of the day, drove to the gym (good for you!), then drove home, cooked dinner, ate, cleaned up, sank into the couch for a few minutes if you were lucky, and then went to bed. Does that sound like a typical day for you? How much time did you get to be outdoors?