Sometimes culture changes faster than our real world will accommodate. And by that I mean our dream home wishes are crushed by the reality that our houses are small and constrained. It makes us feel like we’re in a jail cell.
As luck would have it, you’re going to stumble on 8 excellent ways to free up your home environment for healthier living.
It’s The Way Things Were Done
In 1950, small and constrained was what people wanted, and could afford to heat. Are builders giving us anything different now? Yes, in the $500k and up market.
Even in the new housing developments you see around York Region, the homes are constrained in size, on small lots. Cheap, economical, yes. Comfortable? Maybe not. And those homes present a lot of issues for home renovators to improve. So these issues may be around for decades to come.
And homes built in the last 50 to 60 years may have been large enough, yet the way the rooms were laid out and built still made them feel constrained. Yet, our culture is moving toward broad, open concept, and expansive. That’s a big driver of home renovations today.
The popularity of HGTV shows such as Property Brothers and Love it or List It is likely due to people wanting modern, expansive homes that make them feel good. Homeowners and home buyers want to feel good.
It’s tough to sell your home if it feels tight, dark and gloomy inside. But hold on, there’s plenty of ways to get rid of that constrained, claustrophobic feeling. A lot of psychology goes into tricking the mind into a feeling of expansiveness. Here’s a few ways you can do it:
1. Bigger, wider windows. Picture windows, bay windows and window walls are the best ways to eliminate wall space and bring in the outdoors. Modern windows are energy-efficient so you don’t have to worry about heat loss.
2. Remove furniture. Getting rid of unused furniture, giant tables, puffy sofas, and bookcases.
3. Buy smaller furniture. Consider shopping at Ikea and go minimalist in your furniture choices. Put your flat screen TV up on the wall and rearrange your furniture to create bigger, uncluttered spaces.
4. Paint your rooms. A different, perhaps lighter colour might give the room a fresh new feel.
5. Install large mirrors. A classic tactic for creating the illusion of space, which most modern gyms use to make fitness people think they’re not exercising next to a wall in a small room with 60 other people. Amazing how a mirror can work!
6. Knock out a wall. If you’re not using that old formal dining or living room, you can get rid of a wall and create a completely new space. Put some new windows in and fashion it into anything you want.
7. Glass showers. This hot trend is mostly due to people wanting to make their bathrooms feel open and inviting.
8. Build a solarium or sunroom. By adding a new room with more floor space, you’re not tricking the mind, you’re creating a bigger home. And solariums or sunroom additions bring in light. These window rich rooms create a whole new lifestyle and become the preferred living area for families.
Find out more about solariums, sunrooms, and the value of bringing warming sunlight into your home. Don’t be afraid of windows either. The quality of window construction now means heat loss is well controlled.