Written By: Curtis Fisher
There are lots of good reasons to make upgrades to your home: It boosts your resale value, you can increase efficiency, and of course, there’s the reward of getting the home you’ve always dreamed of. On top of these great reasons, there’s the added benefit of making your home healthier. From the air you breathe to the workspace in your kitchen, each room in your home impacts your health in one way or another.
Let in Some Light
If you want to have the best quality of life, it’s important to recognize that physical and mental health go hand in hand, which is why we recommend improving your home’s lighting. Getting enough natural light is important for emotional wellness; plus, it’s necessary for regulating your sleep. If you aren’t getting enough natural light, one solution is to install additional windows. Simply replacing your back door with french doors or adding skylights will help tremendously.
A smaller project that many homeowners can DIY is to replace outdated or dim light fixtures. The most important thing for any DIYer is to make sure you have the tools to do the project safely. For example, we recommend a telescoping ladder for any project that requires a little more height. These ladders are lighter than traditional designs, plus they fold down and have adjustable heights. Make sure you have a good electrical toolkit too, including basics like wire strippers, wire cutters, and a voltage tester.
Cook Up a Healthier Kitchen
You may think that a kitchen remodel is all about making cosmetic upgrades, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Anyone can appreciate an updated kitchen, and the added benefit is that your design choices can also make it easier to prepare healthy meals.
For many homeowners who want to redo their kitchen, functionality is at least part of the problem. Remodeling gives you the chance to deal with these issues so that the kitchen is more accessible for the entire family. We love these ideas from the blog Balanced Home Balanced Life, such as adding more workspace to make meal prep a snap, along with installing a hands-free faucet to cut down on the spread of germs. They also point out that a good range hood is necessary to distribute the moisture that’s produced while cooking, which keeps it from getting trapped in walls and leading to mold growth.
One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to do a complete kitchen remodel in order to make improvements. HGTV estimates the average cost for an upscale kitchen remodel at around $80,000, but you can do some of these projects much more affordably. For example, a complete remodel may include opening up the room and adding a built-in island. As an alternative, you could add a workspace with a DIY kitchen island.
Create a Spa Retreat
If you’ve been dreaming of a spa-inspired bathroom, here’s the perfect reason to do it: creating a relaxing oasis is the perfect way to care for your mental health, plus you can choose design features that make your bathroom safer. Bathrooms are notoriously hazardous, which is why Better Homes and Gardens recommends choosing tile with some grit to prevent slipping, as well as installing a bench in the shower. Tiling your bathroom is a project some homeowners can DIY, but if you go with a pro, it’s worth hiring a tile expert to be sure the job is done right.
As an alternative to remodeling, a smaller project you can do yourself is to install a larger bathroom fan, which will improve ventilation and prevent mold. According to This Old House, installing a bathroom fan is an easy project and costs around $429 to do yourself.
Changing out your bathroom fan is a perfect example of how even small projects can lead to major improvements for your family’s well being. We spend so much of our lives at home — cooking, cleaning, and simply breathing the air. That’s why it’s worth the effort to know you can rest easy in a home that’s safe and healthy for everyone.