Your home is where you live your life. It is where you gather with friends and loved ones, and where you go when you most need comfort and security. While you may be fortunate enough to build or buy a home that’s perfect for you, you can also introduce upgrades to any living space that will improve your day-to-day life and well-being. Below are three home improvements to consider to ensure your home is boosting your health, happiness, and comfort – and maybe even having a positive impact on the world.
Creating spaces in your home that support health and wellness – and encourage you to be mindful of these – is one of the best well-being investments you can make. This doesn’t have to be a big expenditure of time or money like a home gym, although those are great, too! Just staging an area where you can relax and reflect after a long day can make a positive difference. A small space dedicated to a comfortable chair or yoga mat, or a place where you can go to read quietly can be a haven in an otherwise chaotic world.
While tending to your mental well-being is critical, there are also small actions you can take to support physical health in your home. Ready for a fresh coat of paint? Look for non-toxic, no or low VOC options like Earthpaint or Sherwin Williams’ Harmony line that eliminate odors and the release of potentially harmful gases in your living space. You can also purify your air, and you don’t need an expensive gadget to do so. Houseplants can help, and they might also enhance the “Zen” feeling of your home. Indoor plants like rubber plants, ivy, dripping lotus and date palm trees are especially known for helping to reduce dust in your home. This is especially valuable for those of use living in the Southwest.
Value-Add Home Improvements
We all know that making home improvements can add financial value. But, which upgrades have the greatest effect on your bottom line? Projects large and small can benefit you. If a significant remodel is possible, consider the kitchen – the room that most greatly influences buyers’ decisions. In addition to serious remodels that add or create more usable space, simply paying attention to details like new cabinet hardware or under cabinet lighting can increase the value of a house. Also consider artistic backsplashes or energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances. Or, make the most of existing space with accessories like expandable shelves in cabinets.
Less involved home improvements can also add value to your home…and your financial well-being. Upscale doors – from the front entrance to the garage – can add significant curb appeal. Decks and other accessories for outdoor living are also great investments. They create living and entertaining space beyond your home’s interior square footage. The best thing about these upgrades? You get to enjoy them in the present, while adding value to your home for the future.
“Going green” has become a prominent consideration in all aspects of life, from the cars we drive to the cups and straws from which we drink. Making your home more environmentally friendly has benefits for you and the world around you. Many home improvements addressing energy efficiency recoup initial costs and often save you money in the long-term. Buyers are increasingly factoring environmental impact into their purchasing decisions. Plus, these upgrades often provide benefits in your daily life. Perhaps most important of all, making your home greener is a wonderful investment for future generations who may inherit your space.
For example, maximizing the use of natural light in your home by installing energy efficient larger windows and integrating window treatments that can allow natural light when desired. This can lower your energy bills by needing less artificial light and have great effects on your well-being. Natural light boosts productivity, helps vision, improves your mood, and can help improve your sleep patterns. And, for the Southwest, be sure the energy efficient windows you choose are coated to reduce heat gain. Not only will they improve the climate control in your home but will benefit your wallet and your comfort, especially during the hottest and coldest months.
There are also options to make the water system in your home more efficient and less impactful on the environment. Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, which conserve the amount of water used in faucets, shower heads, and toilets, is a great choice. You can also explore products like tankless water heaters. Tankless heaters provide on-demand hot water instead of continuously heating water that is not currently in use. Rinnai is a leading provider of tankless heaters and offers several rebates for new purchases.
These are just a few ideas to incorporate well-being into your home improvements and design. Once these items are in place, be sure to read how to Keep Them Like New. Structuring your space to enhance your health and happiness is the greatest thing you can do with your home.