4 Practical Healthy Home Projects
Updated: Apr 23
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Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be a place where you can retreat to after a long day, enjoy time with your family, relax, and recover for the next day. It should not be a place that compromises the health of your household. If you’re considering remodel and upgrade projects in the near future, why not choose some that will benefit your health?
Here are four projects that not only will improve the appeal and function of your home but that will also promote the health of everyone in your household.
1. Air Conditioning
Putting in a new central air conditioning system can provide much more than comfort for your household. Since it lowers the humidity of a home, it can prevent mold from forming. Plus, it can improve your sleep and reduce the number of germs circulating around your home, among other benefits.
While there are many advantages to getting a new AC system, it can cost a pretty penny. The average homeowner pays between $3,775 and $7,424 to have one installed, though it sometimes runs north of $10,000. The price you can expect to pay will depend on several factors, including the type and size of unit you choose, the complexity of the job, and the materials and labor involved.
2. New Flooring
If it’s time to upgrade your flooring, why not go with something non-toxic and sustainable? Bamboo flooring is a great choice, with improved quality than in years past. Not only can you rest assured knowing that you aren’t bringing more chemicals and pollutants into your home, but there are many different design options to choose from. Homeowners typically spend $2 to $5 per square foot to have this type of flooring installed.
3. Outdoor Living Area
Spending time outdoors is good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. One way to ensure that you hang out outside more often is to create a comfortable outdoor living area. For instance, redoing your current patio or building a new one can provide you and your family with a place to relax and have fun in the sun, and you can customize your patio to fit your family’s needs. Consider whether you want to enjoy dinners, lounge around a fire, work out, or have a little bit of everything.
4. Home Gym
Another way to boost your overall health is to invest in a home gym. Having the space and equipment you need to stay fit available at your home can prove to be a great long-term investment. No longer will you miss workouts because you can’t make it to the gym! Depending on what equipment you purchase and how elaborate you make the space, you can pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 to build a home gym.
Getting the Right Contractors
Once you’ve decided on a project to undertake, it’s essential to find the right tradesperson for the job. If you simply go with the first contractor you meet, you run the risk of having shoddy work done. This means that you will either have to settle for an unappealing—potentially unsafe—remodel or hire another contractor to fix it.
Neither of these options is ideal. Make sure any contractor you’re considering is licensed and insured, conduct thorough research on them (read reviews, check work history, and speak with former clients), and interview them to determine whether they are right for the project.
Upgrading your home can be much more than merely improving its cosmetic appeal. Consider getting a new central AC system installed, putting in non-toxic flooring, and building an outdoor living space and/or home gym. While each of these projects is an investment, everyone in your household will reap benefits for overall health and well-being.
Curtis Fisher | tradesbright.org