From Euphrasia on March 9th, 2009 in General Remodel
The word “therapeutic” indicates healing benefits. When it comes to home remodeling, you might look at therapeutic remodeling from a couple of angles. First, from the process point of view – that process of doing the remodeling is enjoyed in and of itself for therapeutic benefit. Second, the results – the results of certain remodeling projects give the therapeutic benefit once the project is completed.
Here are some examples to consider, if you want either the process therapy or the healing results:
Elegant by Day, Tool-Totin’ by Night
One woman I know is an executive leadership consultant. Each weekday, she dons a designer outfit and goes to her office, where she works with executives in high-powered positions from morning to afternoon. Then, when she gets home, she changes into jeans or sweats and reaches for her tool belt. She’s always remodeling some aspect of her home and does it for the love of it – the physicality and the satisfaction of visual results.
For the Joy of Wood
Whenever I call a couple of friends I know, I invariably reach the wife. When I ask her what she and her husband are up to, she almost always says, “Oh, he’s out in the shop. He’s working on something out there!” He saws, sands, refinishes, stains, and assembles… it almost doesn’t matter what the project is, as long as it’s working with wood.
Painting Murals and Faux Finishes
An artist I know specializes in customized wall painting. She has a big, airy studio where she plays on patches of the walls as she develops her new designs and special effects. Although she uses these sample patches as examples to show prospective clients, she creates them for the sheer pleasure of it.
Spa Bathroom Remodel
Bathrooms can be so much more than basic! You can effect a total transformation by remodeling a bathroom with the emphasis on making it a healing sanctuary. Add a big bathtub with jacuzzi jets and a separate shower with multiple shower heads and handheld sprayers. And don’t forget the towel warmers!
The sound of water flowing is one of the most healing sounds in the world. No matter if you live in the country or the city, the addition of a fountain can transform your outdoor living area into a soothing, melodic space. Fountains are relaxing and beautiful focal points. Birds will come to visit, and the burbling waters will cool the air, too.
Kitchen Garden Window
Replace that plain window over your kitchen sink with a deep garden window. This will give you a place to grow herbs for fragrance and cooking pleasure. Add a few flowers in pretty containers and delight in the way the sun drenches the petals and blossoms, uplifting your spirits no matter if you’re doing something mundane – like washing the dishes. Even that can feel therapeutic sometimes!