Household Amenities for Sane People
Recently, someone asked me if I could help install a cleanroom in his house. I didn’t know what in the sam hell he was talking about. He said he’d seen an episode of “House” where a girl had a cleanroom in her house because she had so many allergies. I told him, you know, that’s a TV show. You probably can’t do that. He insisted that it is possible and he said he needs it because he will sleep so much better knowing that there’s no dust in his bedroom. I am pretty sure he’s just a hypochondriac. I told him that I cannot help install a cleanroom in his house; he should call some cleanroom professionals like Cleanrooms by United for that. (I suspect that Cleanrooms by United will laugh and hang up.)
While you probably don’t have the money (or the need/desire) to install a cleanroom in your house, there are other amenities you can add to your home at a much lower cost.
Who doesn’t love a hot tub? Those of us who are getting on in years and complain about plantar fasciitis all day long really appreciate those jets. The great thing about hot tubs is that they pretty much come in all sizes, so even if all you have is a postage stamp of a backyard, you can fit a hot tub in it. Get some high-quality, weather-treated wood and build a lovely deck around your hot tub, string up some lights in your yard, and presto! You’ll transform your postage stamp into a relaxing grotto.
It’s really easy to add a steam room to your house. All you need is a small steam generator that you add to your shower stall, and a small bench. (This is probably easier in showers stalls that are just showers, with no tub underneath, but you can do this with your tub too. It may drive up your electric bill a bit but if it helps you unwind, it’ll be worth it.
If you have a basement, odds are there’s a dark corner it it that’s full of empty boxes and spider webs. Why not clean it out and put a little sauna in it? Get some top-notch cedar planks and build a sauna from scratch but be careful to ensure that it’s air-tight so that moisture doesn’t get into your walls and cause mold. Or, buy one from Home Depot and install it — easy peasy.
Other things I have not covered in this post include panic rooms, walk-in safes and gun closets. Sorry folks but you’ll need to consult another blogger about those things. If you need one of those in your house, you’re just as whackadoodle as the cleanroom guy.