What does it mean to have a “healthy” home? Leaders in our field define it as:
“Improving the way people live by developing spaces that enhance the occupants’ health and quality of life.” delos.com
To us, it means designing stylish, creative living environments that also consider health and wellness as part of the design and construction decisions. For example, your choice of fabrics, flooring, lighting and other elements inside your home can contribute to your health and well-being while also protecting you and your family from the unhealthy effects of some materials.
Here are just a few of the ways we work with our clients to create a healthy home:
Test for Formaldehyde to make sure no fire retardants or other chemicals have been added.
Provide a list of healthy materials, down to the glue, used in the construction of the frame.
Select healthy finishes that do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Select healthy options for both carpet and pads (no formaldehyde, jute backing and so on).
Lighting, Drapery and Shading Systems
Help sleep patterns achieve a natural circadian rhythm by planning options for light and dark during a 24-hour period, including providing a blackout option and ensuring proper ventilation for optimal sleep.
Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs)
Carefully plan where products that emit large amounts of radiation are located, including light switches, ultraviolet lighting, power lines and computers.
Select products with no VOCs.
Select brands whose fixtures and fittings contain no lead.
Use a third-party testing company if products don’t fully disclose all materials.
These decisions, which individually seem small, together can help create a healthy environment without sacrificing creativity and style.