Beyond great design and quality construction, heath and wellness is the biggest driver behind our developments. We carefully consider the design, materials, and systems that can contribute to a healthier living environment in all our homes. Here are some key considerations and recommendations for you to create your healthy home:
- Natural Lighting: Maximise the use of natural light by incorporating large windows and skylights. This helps regulate circadian rhythms, improves mood, and reduces reliance on artificial lighting.
- Indoor Air Quality: Focus on improving indoor air quality by using low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, adhesives, and finishes. Install a well-designed ventilation system with high-quality air filters to remove pollutants and allergens from the indoor air.
- Building Materials: Choose non-toxic, eco-friendly, and sustainable building materials. Avoid materials that contain harmful chemicals or emit pollutants, such as formaldehyde.
- Proper Insulation and Moisture Control: Ensure proper insulation to regulate temperature and prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mould and other indoor air quality issues. Consider using eco-friendly insulation materials like natural fibres or recycled materials.
- Noise Reduction: Incorporate design elements to reduce noise pollution, such as double- glazed windows, acoustic insulation, and sound-absorbing materials. Noise reduction promotes better sleep and overall well-being.
- Water Quality: Install water filtration systems to ensure clean drinking water throughout the house. Consider a whole-house filtration system or individual filters for faucets and showers.
- Biophilic Design: Incorporate elements of nature into your home, such as indoor plants, living walls, or natural materials like wood. Biophilic design has been shown to reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance well-being.
- Outdoor Living Spaces: Design outdoor areas that encourage physical activity and connection with nature. This can include gardens, walking paths, or a well-designed outdoor living area for relaxation and socialisation.
- Smart Home Technology: Utilise smart home devices to monitor and control energy usage, indoor air quality, and other environmental factors. This promotes energy efficiency and provides real-time data for better management of your home’s health-related aspects.
- Wellness Rooms: Consider dedicating specific areas of your home to wellness activities, such as a yoga or meditation room, a gym, or a spa-like bathroom. These spaces can promote physical activity, relaxation, and stress reduction.
Remember to work closely with architects, contractors, and interior designers such as Studio Best in Harrogate who have expertise in incorporating health and wellness principles into home design. They can help you make informed decisions and select the most suitable options for your new home.