In the decision of whether a home or an apartment is best for you and your family, most people take into account such things as total cost versus convenience. Certainly these two items are important, otherwise they wouldn’t merit such attention. But there is another aspect that is often overlooked, which can contribute equally to one’s perception of ‘quality of life.’ That aspect centers around freedom. Owning one’s own home lends itself to near complete freedom to create the space that you’ve always envisioned in your mind’s eye.
Whether a Harry Potter-esque fantasy themed castle, or a cabin straight out of Little House on the Prairie, a home allows for any decorating style to take shape. Subject only to limitations on the exterior – neighborhoods don’t prefer to witness a particular neighbor’s wholesale creativity – the interior is fair game. That means your imagination is the limit inside your home. And building up one’s own space to look and feel exactly as they envision it pays big rewards.
That’s because one’s residence can have a huge effect on their emotions. People who live in a dank, dark, borderline spooky place aren’t generally known for being bubbly and cheerful! And while living in a skylight filled place is no guarantee of happiness, it can, and does, add to one’s potential for cheeriness. In the same way, decorating as you prefer can lead to mental relaxation. Apartments have pretty firm rules about painting or wallpapering the walls, but owning your own home drops this artificial barrier to creating one’s creature comforts.