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Blog by Alice Irving

Try our 12-hour happiness at home self-care routine

07 April 2022

The 8am to 8pm self-care schedule created for those days you don’t want to leave the house

The idea of ‘living well by design’ is at the heart of every home we create.

We want to disrupt and reinvent the way houses are built in the UK, to maximise the well-being of the people who live inside them.

This means we prioritise oversized windows, high ceilings, and sociable, open-plan floors to give you bright, light-flooded spaces that will make you feel happy.

To help you find your happiness at home, we’re sharing our 12-hour self-care routine designed for the days you don’t fancy leaving the house.

Before you start your day, always make your bed

08:00 –– Wake up and make your bed

The first hour of the day is yours. You can do anything you like with it – but you have to start by making your bed.

Stretch, meditate, and set some intentions for the day, then grab something light for breakfast like a bowl of cereal or some fresh fruit.

09:00 –– Workout

Our homes often feature big, beautiful open-plan layouts with impressively high ceilings – the perfect place for a morning workout.

Work up a sweat and get those endorphins pumping, then head to your closest bathroom for cool, refreshing shower.

Enjoy a technology-free hour in a space that’s filled with mood-boosting natural light

10:00 –– Put your phone down

Put your phone away and do something you love but haven’t done for a while – draw, paint, write, read, practise a musical instrument.

In our homes, we like to offer flexible spaces, so – if you want to – you have the choice to dedicate a room to your favourite hobby.

11:00 –– Go outside for some fresh air

Many of our homes have balconies, gardens, and terraces – you’ll even find rooftop terraces at Birkenhead neighbourhood, East Float, Wirral Waters.

Breathing in fresh air and feeling the breeze on your skin does wonders for your mood, so take an hour out to enjoy those feelings.

Many of our homes are designed with single and double entrance balconies like this one

12:00 –– Prepare lunch (a proper one)

Research lunch ideas or try that great recipe you’ve always wanted to make but never found the time for.

The kitchens we create – fitted with high quality integrated appliances – come in a range of shapes and styles (including the popular island kitchen), so spread out, get a bit messy, be in the moment, and enjoy the process.

13:00 –– Eat well

Set the table in your dining area and treat yourself like the special guest.

There’s more than enough room for a large dining table in the open-plan spaces we design but you always have the option to pull up a stool at the breakfast bar too.

The spacious kitchen island is a great place to let go, be creative with your cooking – and get a little bit messy too

14:00 –– Tidy up

Music on (make it your ‘feel good’ playlist) and spend 60 minutes tidying your home.

Having enough space to neatly tidy away your belongings is important, so our Town House and Row House homes are designed with plenty of room for storage.

15:00 –– Plan the week ahead

Head to your office or working from home station and spend an hour preparing for the following week (it makes like so much easier for your future self).

Write check lists, plan your food shop, organise your diary – or just write down all the things you’re looking forward to.

Create an office set up by one of your home’s big picture windows

16:00 –– Connect with friends and family

Head over to the cosiest spot in your house and make that phone call – ring your mum, check up on the friend you’ve not heard from for a while, or invite some over for a movie night and a glass of wine.

The bay windows in our Town House homes (the best seat in the house) and the rooftop terrace of a Row House were made for these sorts of conversations.

17:00 –– Movie night

Gather your friends and family in the living room area of your open-plan space for a movie night (make it a weekly or monthly thing).

The space is big enough for that giant TV you’ve had your eye on – treat yourself (and pick up some popcorn while you’re at it).

House by Urban Splash homes are designed to bring people together

18:00 –– Order some ‘feel good’ food

The wider neighbourhoods surrounding our homes are overflowing with great places to eat – especially in neighbourhoods like East Float and Port Loop.

Support your local business and order some food (you’ve done enough cooking for the day anyway).

19:00 – Wind down in the bathroom

Time to close the door on the world for a little while and enjoy some peace and quiet in your spacious family bathroom or modern ensuite.

Run a bath, take a steamy shower, and don’t forget your skincare routine (you’ll have tons of built-in storage so there’s plenty of space for all your products).

Bathrooms are designed with plenty of space for storage

20:00 – Early night

Now, for the ultimate part of our happiness at home self-care routine – rest.

Get in bed and count the stars from your floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows until you fall asleep.

Find your brand-new House by Urban Splash home at Port Loop, Birmingham, or at East Float, Wirral Waters, Birkenhead – click here to book a viewing at your nearest show home today.

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