Confession: I lust after homes with great yards!
I love Chez J, my San Diego area townhouse of 10-1/2 years, but its postage stamp-sized, semi-open patio falls woefully short in the realm of outdoor living possibilities. I was in escrow on another home in the neighborhood with a fenced yard, mini outdoor kitchen and firepit with seating around it a month or so ago. I loved those features, and the home’s layout was wonderful. Only problem was that the firepit and barbecue grill didn’t work, the fence was in need of repair and the inspection showed that the house itself was a handyman special. Sadly, I am not handy myself, my favorite local contractors are all busy AF and almost everything needed for home repair right now is either inflated, back-ordered or both. I withdrew my offer and continue to look for a home with the indoor and outdoor layout I crave. (At least I have a great place to live while I look.)
Perhaps you’re in a great spot yourself and are looking to spend the money you didn’t use for a vacation last year on home improvements. Or maybe you’re house shopping too. Here are some insights from the pros on which wellness design features are worth considering for both your well-being and your wallet!
Outdoor living spaces offer tremendous wellness — and wallet-enhancing — benefits
[IMAGE: SCG CERAMICS PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED / GEOLUXE® // WELLNESS BY DESIGN (TILLER PRESS, 2020) (C) J. GOLD]
I’ve created a series of wellness design events for my Wellness Wednesdays club on the Clubhouse app. These will be scheduled for 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific the first and third week of the month. Here’s what’s coming up next. You can check out the descriptions and expert guest hosts at the links below.
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design
- 7/21 Creating Healthy Kid Spaces
If you haven’t checked out Clubhouse yet, let me share why I love it — and why you might too: 1) Imagine being able to ask questions of your favorite podcast hosts in a comfortable setting; 2) Picture yourself relaxing on your couch or doing chores while being informed about topics of interest; 3) You can share thoughts or just listen in — no pressure! and 4) Unlike Zoom or other video platforms, you don’t have to dress up or rig fancy lighting to participate in Clubhouse convos. They’re audio-only, so all you need is your phone.
- I’ll be posting this season about these topics:
- Creating a vegetarian-friendly kitchen
- Is induction cooking harmful to pregnant women?
- Wellness design-inspired Father’s Day gifts
I’ve gotten to really enjoy listening to audio books on solo hikes, rucks and drives. If you do too, you might enjoy this audio sample of my Wellness by Design book from Audible sharing how I got inspired to write on this topic.