People who have renovated or remodeled in the last two years say they are happier, more relaxed, tidier and entertain more often. Are we surprised? No, frankly...it just makes sense.
According to a new study by Houzz, those well-designed homes are the key to their owners' happiness.
In its Home & Happiness Survey, they discovered that people who recently remodeled or redecorated are happier and more relaxed. Of the more than 6,000 homeowners surveyed, a whopping nine out of 10 agree with that statement. Nearly one third (31 percent) also entertain more often post-reno.
The study also shows that most homeowners are happier at home than away (65 percent). These findings were consistent across men and women, and across home locations in urban, suburban and rural areas. That percentage was as high as 71 percent for people in newly built homes, but it dropped to 51 percent for those who describe their home as "in need of work."
So what is it about these newly remodeled homes that make people jump for joy? Big windows and
comfortable furniture top the list (74 and 70 percent respectively). The happiest rooms of the home are common areas such as the family/living room (42 percent) and kitchen (15 percent). People who responded that their homes need work, however, say that they are happiest in the bedroom (23 percent).
If you can't afford to renovate or redecorate, there are still ways to live a happier lifestyle. According to the study, homeowners are happiest in rooms that are clean and organized (72 percent) and comfortable (68 percent). However, there are gender differences. For men, comfort is king, while women favor rooms that are neat and clean.