Building a Healthy House
It is important to point out that I am using the phrase "building a healthy house" not to indicate the actual construction of an actual building --although that is a good thing if you can manage that-- but I use the phrase to emphasize the necessity to take stock of what is toxic, or potentially so, and make changes. You will also want to be aware of what renovations are going to result in a life-giving and enhancing home and which will result in more problems.
If you find that you have dry rot or black mold, you can definitely consider making changes at a deep structural level of your house. You may also decide to move completely away from these problematic situations. If you rent or are on a fixed income that prevents you from selling up, you might be happy to know that there are actually some evidences of people taking 'natural' measures to make big differences, and to actually end up with a healthy house.
Today when we talk about building a healthy house we might use the phrase "a green home". Many new homes on the market claim to be 'green' and have many smart environmental features (that cost a more than most of us will ever be able to afford).
When I think of a 'green' home I think of my own. Although it is a far fly from fully environmentally-friendly, we are doing things to make it a healthy house for us and for our children and grandchildren to stay.
These are a few my tips for
the DEVISING AND MAINTAINING A HOME THAT SUPPORTS WELLNESS FOR ALL OF ITS INHABITANTS AND VISITORS:
(1)Sit down and itemize what health conditions you and your partner have that can be attributed to your house or neighborhood. Respiratory diseases and mental fuzziness come to mind.
(2)Are there things in your house you have just decided "to live with" even though they are making you or others sick?
(3)What changes can you make? Can you get a new furnace? Convert to natural gas from wood or to electricity?
(4)Can you get under your roof to check the condition there? If you find that there have been birds nesting, are you willing to clear that out and put in a new environmentally-friendly roof that will prevent bird-roosting (and the mites that come with them)?
(5)Are you willing to get rid of the plastic lino for ceramic tile and put down real wood instead of plastic laminate? A healthy house quite often doesn't have old carpets on the floors.
(6)Take a look at the materials you use to clean with. Do they contain harsh chemicals-- words that you can't even read, let alone remember? Can you make 'greener' choices? What is actually meant by organic cleaning supplies?
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(7)Look at your garage and basement.
What sort of toxic wastes do you have stored? What changes can you make so that these are safe havens for small children who visit (or live with) you?
A friend-- I will call her Laura-- visited and made some comments about our 70s livingroom, suggesting that we will want to get rid of the cedar feature walls. At the risk of looking really 'out of the decorator's loop' we will be keeping our wood walls-- almost every room has at least one of them. Wood might be out of vogue right now, but it really makes for a house that promotes our personal wellness. Truth be known, my dream house would be a strawbale home-- properly constructed they are beautiful, healthy, natural, inexpensive, super-efficient, soundproof, and fire resistant. Some sweet day...
I am so happy that the internet has such a selection of great information on 'becoming green' and how to go about having a place to live that is natural and life-affirming. One of my favorite sites is the
the Healthy House Institute
Your Grandbaby's First Home-
You Can Help Make It Safe!
Natural Gran's Organic Bedroom Store--
Healthier Choices for your Sleep Spaces
Cleaning With Essential Oils