The Benefits of Natural Light — Indoors and Out

We know that natural light and the outdoors are great for overall health, but did you know that the benefits are specific and measurable? Vitamin D that your body makes from natural sunlight is crucial to maintain bone density, fight depression, improve sleeping habits, and keep a number of inflammatory diseases at bay. And the best part? It doesn’t matter if you get your sunlight indoors or out. 

That’s why at Ecraft, we design our homes with large, double-hung, energy-efficient windows in every room that allow for maximum sunlight and fresh air flow. Biophilic design, as it is called, encourages the use of natural elements such as plants, water, air and sunlight inside of spaces to improve quality of life. We keep this design philosophy top-of-mind as we create homes designed for families to be healthy, happy, and thrive. We design the home based on the land and take into consideration house position relative to gorgeous view and sun calculations. Because “light is the art that constantly changes”.

Not only are the interiors of our homes open, airy and bright, we make sure you have access to beautiful outdoor spaces, too. Multiple studies suggest that one of the key indicators of longevity is access to green space. Time spent outdoors improves physical, mental and social well-being. 

Benefits of Natural Lighting at Home

At Ecraft, we’ve long understood the importance of nature and access to the great outdoors. When we prepare land for a custom home, we take care to preserve as many of the trees as possible, so that homeowners feel immersed in the beautiful North Georgia landscape as soon as they step outside. Our homes also have amazing outdoor spaces. From wide front porches and stunning back decks, to dining room doors that can be thrown open to access a private patio, it’s just as easy to live outdoors as indoors in an Ecraft home. Here are more benefits of enjoying the sun!

  • Physical benefits. Living near green space (which North Georgia has in abundance) and spending time outdoors can lower the inflammation levels associated with hypertension, autoimmune diseases, depression, and a number of other diseases, while lowering mortality rates, too. 
  • Mental benefits. Physical activity that takes place in a natural setting improves the memory, increases cognitive function, and has a restorative effect overall. Thirty minutes or more of walking, biking, gardening, or even just looking up at the trees from your front porch, can have a significant effect on moods, stress levels, and mental health. 
  • Socialization benefits. Social encounters that occur during outdoor physical activity have a positive effect on health as well. Jogging with a friend, enjoying a game of soccer in the yard, or even playing cards by the pool are all great for exercising the mind and body, while providing vital interpersonal connections. 

Residents of Ecraft homes enjoy all of these advantages, plus so many others. With a focus on healthy spaces — both indoors and out — our homes are naturally designed to improve your quality of life for years to come. Please contact us to start designing your sunlit custom home today.

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