Thanks to the pandemic and remote work, many of us are spending more time than ever at home. While this can come with added advantages, like more time with family, there’s no denying that being in the same environment day in and day out gets a little old. Sometimes it’s even detrimental to your health. By giving your home a facelift, you can inject some much-needed newness into your life, improve your wellbeing, and make you (and your family) happier.
Below, The Butterbean Legacy offers some indoor and outdoor home modification suggestions for improved wellbeing and happiness:
Indoor modifications Extra lighting
Human beings need plenty of natural light to be healthy and feel good. When you spend extra time at home, you may not get enough of it. And, as the National Library of Medicine can tell you, it will affect your wellbeing and could even cause depression.
Consider introducing more lighting to your home. Some simple ways to do so are opening the drapes, raising the blinds, and keeping the doors open. If you’re okay with spending some money, you can add recessed lighting, more mirrors, remove walls, add more windows, and install skylights.
A private home office
If you work from home, creating a home office is more than worthwhile. It can help you avoid distractions and focus better, which can do wonders for your stress levels. Furthermore, having a dedicated workspace allows you to slip in and out of “work mode” easier. You’ll be able to unwind easier at the end of the day.
You can turn any corner of your home into an office by using a privacy divider, and you could get ergonomic furniture for added comfort. If you can afford to splurge, you could get good results by adding an extra room to your existing structure or remodeling your basement into an office.
Miscellaneous cosmetic changes
Simple changes to the interior can add up and have a powerful impact on your home’s ambiance. Some examples include getting potted plants, putting up pictures and decorations, giving the interiors a fresh coat of paint, polishing or changing up kitchen countertops, and cleaning and decluttering. Brightside offers excellent suggestions that are cheap and easy.
Outdoor modifications A verdant garden
A beautiful garden can be an excellent addition to your home. Spending time there should do wonders for your overall health. A good garden can be a joy to look at, give you some exercise, and even provide fresh food for you and your family. It’s possible to build gardens in limited urban spaces (like terraces).
For the most optimal results for your unique space, you can consult a professional landscape designer. They can help you design a wonderful garden, after evaluating the space, soil, and sun. They can also create a 3D rendering to help you visualize the final result. You can refine the plan, without having to rely on guesswork.
A deck, patio, or outdoor kitchen
The demand for outdoor kitchens, decks, and patios is climbing – and for good reason. Such spaces are not only aesthetically appealing but also functional and fit for outdoor living. Cooking and eating food outside in an open-air kitchen is great for your appetite and is a memorable experience, for example. Outdoor decks and patios are wholesome living and workspaces, not to mention great if you have guests over and want to entertain them.
Decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens can be simple or complex. It is possible to DIY some simple designs on a budget, says The Spruce. Again, for the best results, you may want to hire an experienced architect or contractor. This is especially important if you’re installing appliances in your outdoor kitchen and would like to avoid weather damage or safety hazards.
Keep in mind that extensive modifications will take time. Get organized and come up with a plan to minimize stress and make sure the changes happen smoothly. If you prefer to DIY, you can make small changes over time to avoid being overwhelmed.
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