2.4.2013 Bethany Jenkins
Healthy Home Update: It’s Time For Real Solutions
On The Battle to Take Back Our Homes
How one custom home builder is working to educate others on how our homes can negatively or positively impact our health. An insider’s look at healthy homes and why the real message has only now begun to emerge.
Just do a search on the words “healthy home” and a list of websites emerge that deal with one primary issue: indoor air quality. Clearly this is an area of concern for today’s homeowner; however, luxury homebuilder Jenkins Custom Homes has begun an initiative to educate others on what makes a home truly healthy. By creating a website (http://healthyhome.newhousebuilder.com) as well as a Twitter feed (@HealthyNewHome)
Austin, TX—you needn’t look far for information on healthy homes. The question Bethany Jenkins asks is this: are you really getting the full story? And if the mainstream media provides any clues, the answer is no.
A healthy home means more to award-winning homebuilder Jenkins Custom Homes than just improving the quality of the air you breathe. It means providing homeowners with adequate lighting to help prevent the degradation of their eyesight. It means allowing space for exercise equipment – or even in in-home gym, if possible. It means installing top of the line water filtration systems, which can reduce the toxins present in their drinking water. It means designing a home with a kitchen that is easy to access and a dream to use. And that is just the tip of the iceberg say owners Shan and Bethany Jenkins. “We had a close friend who was undergoing experimental cell treatment. He was not allowed to move home until his home was certified as a ‘Healthy Home’. His was our first ‘Healthy Home’ and we’ve been working with doctors and allergists since then to continually improve the process,” says Bethany Jenkins. With this kind of passion fueling them, it is no surprise that they are leading the way in their industry. And by marrying technology with home building, Jenkins has become not only a top local builder, but a source others turn to for information worldwide, thanks to their new website.
Shan Jenkins, owner of Jenkins Custom Homes, says, “It’s time we consider whether or not our homes are truly the safe havens we intend them to be.”
As proof, Bethany Jenkins asks homeowners to consider these three areas before deciding on what constitutes a truly healthy home:
· What does good health really mean? Most people would define it in broader terms than just the quality of the air we breathe.
· What place has more of an impact on our “whole health” - the overall health of our bodies, minds & spirits - that than our homes?
· How can we call our homes truly healthy homes if they are not our personal oasis, a place where we can truly rest and relax?