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Can Building A Home Affect Our Psychological Well-Being?

October 27th, 2021 • 3 min read

couple holding the keys of their new houseOur home is more than walls, floors, rooms, and windows. It’s our safe haven, the place we come to at the end of a long day. It’s our sanctuary, our comfort zone, playground, workspace, and family fortress. The way we plan our home can have a profound effect on our state of mind and mental health.

When we build a new home, we have a lot of choices to make and those decisions can affect our future health and happiness, as well as the members of our family – even our pets. When you plan and build a new home at North River Ranch, you will be able to choose how your new home expresses who you are and what is most important to you.

It starts with knowing what kind of spaces you need to complement your lifestyle:

  • Will it help your mental state of mind to have a quiet space to read?
  • Do you need a room for your hobbies like crafting or sewing?
  • What about a place for the family to gather and play together?
  • Do you need a space to do yoga, meditate, or exercise?
  • Do you need a workspace or homework room?

When you are able to shape your own environment, you can express yourself even before you choose the interior designs. You can plan your kitchen and bathrooms, you decide where to put shelves, what kind of sink you want, and the style of faucets you want. Tiles, flooring, cabinet styles and paint colors are also selected.
For members of the family that work or participate in school remotely, you will have the opportunity to plan the perfect home office that is distraction-free.

If you play an instrument or like to listen to music in the evenings, you can plan a room that is away from the common living areas. Brand new homes at North River Ranch are also well insulated. Sound, heat, and cold (even in Florida) are better controlled and add to the efficiency of the home.

Lighting is also important to our psychological well-being and mental health. Light pouring through windows, lighting fixtures and outdoor lighting can brighten our mood, make us feel safe, less stressed, and even bring us joy.

Building a new home allows you to show your creativity. Your new home is a blank canvas and you are the artist. Doing this with your family or significant other makes it a team effort. It can bring your loved ones together with the excitement of making all the details of the new home a wonderful project. The house you build may be your forever home and part of your family’s legacy. Make it a place that is exactly what you want and need it to be, a place of safety, solace, and where lifelong memories will be made.

If you are interested in learning more about building a new home that fits your lifestyle, come tour the model homes at North River Ranch in Parrish, FL. Or view the quick move-in and ready-to-build homes on our website at

About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit