August 2020
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Happy August! It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of summer already! School has resumed for some and still pending for others.  For all, we continue to hope you and your families are safe and healthy in whatever is your “new norm.”

Curb appeal is so important for your home. This month we have 11 ideas on how you can make that great first impression, from easy do-it-yourself ideas to professional remodeling projects. We’re ready to help you make those improvements!

We’re also all thinking about keeping our families healthy these days. But you may not be thinking about the role your house can play in protecting your health and wellness. Whether you’re social distancing, working at home or carrying on with your normal life, we all spend a good portion of our days at home.

Continue reading to see how you can make your home a bastion of health…and enjoy the rest of the season!


Tim Ellis and the T.W. Ellis Team


Curb Appeal – 11 Ideas to Improve Your Front Entrance

As the saying goes, there’s no second chance to make a first impression. The front entrance of your home is your first impression to visitors, to neighbors or simply those walking and driving by. And – when the time comes to sell – potential buyers.

Remodeling your home’s entryway is one of the best ways to invest your home improvement dollar. Here are 11 tips on how to improve your curb appeal, ranging from the simple DIY to bigger impact remodeling projects.
Incorporating Health & Wellness Into Your Home
We all want to be healthier. Whether it’s to help protect your family from illness or simply to achieve better overall health, your home can play a big role in that.
There are many improvements you can make to your home that can make a significant difference.

Use natural light
There are many physical, mental and emotional health benefits to natural light. Natural light boosts the vitamin D in your body, which strengthens the immune system and promotes bone health. Studies show that exposure to natural light during the day helps you sleep better at night. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is caused by lack of natural light during the winter and affects millions of American. Exposure to just 15 minutes of natural light releases serotonin, sometimes called the body’s “happy chemical.”

Large windows or indoor/outdoor spaces like sunrooms are a great way to improve your home’s wellness!

Indoor Air Quality
Speaking of windows, it is important to let in fresh air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, inside air is, on average, two to five times more contaminated than outside air. By opening windows, vacuuming and cleaning regularly, changing furnace filters and controlling humidity, you can make your indoor air much healthier. Using dehumidifiers in especially moist areas can help reduce mold and mildew growth.

Bathroom safety
The bathroom is the most common place for household accidents. Hard, wet surfaces can lend themselves to slips or other injuries. Improvements like slip-resistant floors or a curbless shower (to avoid tripping) can make a big difference.

Improve the ergonomics of your kitchen
You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so if it’s not properly designed, it can cause a lot of stress. Ergonomics is the science of designing products and environments to optimize them for how they are used. If you’re spending a lot of time walking back and forth, bending over to find pots and pans and stretching to find the necessary ingredients, your kitchen could probably use an upgrade.

Rethinking countertop and appliance heights, putting frequently used pots and pans within easy reach and adjusting cabinets will improve the workflow of your kitchen. Look at the places in your kitchen where you need to frequently stretch or bend over, or any place where you are uncomfortable. Those are the areas that need to be fixed!

Material choices
Many materials, including flooring, paint, cabinets and more can contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A professional remodeler can help you find the best products and protect you from potential health problems caused by off-gassing.

Create a relaxing space
It’s important to balance the hustle and bustle of life with time to relax. Creating a space in the home for a retreat, even if it’s just a small corner of a room, can help maintain your mental health. It should be an area designed for quiet thought or a relaxing activity like reading or yoga.

Home gym
If “active” is more your speed, investing in a home gym makes sense. Maybe you find yourself working out at home now because of the pandemic, but even as things are opening back up, a home gym has some advantages. Besides the obvious physical benefits, it can also improve your mental health by giving you a release for stress.

Or you can opt to combine your gym with your relaxing space. Consider adding spa-like features, such as a sauna or steam shower. It’s about what’s right for you!
Clean regularly!
Keeping your floors, walls and other surfaces clean is the best way to ensure the health of you and your family. Choosing paints and other materials that can be easily sterilized will make that an easier task.
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