Home improvement isn’t just about fixing what’s broken. It’s also about improving and expanding your home to accommodate your needs as you grow. Whether it’s indoor remodeling, structural modifications or landscaping and exterior beautification, home improvement projects should improve your quality of life as well as your level of satisfaction with your house.

Part of being happy in your home means customizing it to suit your likes, dislikes and general lifestyle. Having functional structure and design is important because it allows your living space to be a place of comfort and enjoyment rather than stress and inconvenience.

Hobbies Are Healthy

According to Psychology Today, hobbies and pleasure activities are crucial to your happiness and wellbeing. Not only are hobbies a great way to de-stress for busy working people, but they can also provide mental stimulation and foster social connections for seniors in retirement.

Today’s jobs demand a lot of mental engagement and substantial time commitments.  Hobbies are shown to help minimize chronic stress and subsequent burnout by encouraging leisurely, non-work related activities and down time.

Bring Your Hobbies Home

So, if you’re sold on the benefits of hobbies, have you considered carving out a dedicated space in your home for them? Having a hobby room or area in your home doesn’t just provide easy access to a favorite activity. It can also serve as a source of inspiration when you’re bored or feeling down. Here are a few examples of how you can bring your hobbies home:

  • Plant a garden: Got a green thumb? Starting a flower or vegetable garden is a relaxing and gratifying hobby. Not only do you get to spend time outdoors, you can also watch your plants grow and harvest veggies for cooking.
  • Retreat to your home library: Ever thought about creating a home library? For bookworms who love to read, it’s the perfect home improvement project. A built-in floor to ceiling bookshelf, a large window for natural light, and comfortable furniture to kick back and relax is all you need—the fireplace and rolling ladders are optional.
  • Create a crafting room: Whether you love to scrapbook, paint, or knit, you know that inspiration can strike at any time. Having a room in your house dedicated to arts and crafts can help you stay in tune with your creativity rather than putting off projects or working in uninspired environments.
  • If you enjoy physical activity, consider creating a space in or around your home that caters to your favorite ways to get fit. You don’t need the space or funds for a tennis court or Olympic-sized swimming pool to be active; consider a lap pool, small addition for exercise equipment, or some advanced landscaping to install your very own putting green.

Ready to create space for your hobby? Home improvement loans from Open Mortgage can help you finance your hobby room or landscaping project today.


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