It's no secret that Drew and Jonathan Scott are home renovation masters—Property Brothers has been a hit throughout its eight-year run, so when they offer advice, we listen. Whether the duo is sharing tricks on how to make the most of a small space, how to breathe new life into recycled pieces, or their affinity for colorful kitchen backsplashes, take notes.
Their latest—and most eye-opening—tip comes from a recent episode titled, "A Dream Home Game," that the editors of Realtor.com caught. The couple in question, Carl and Monique, needs their home finished in a quick seven weeks, but the Property Brothers' main concern wasn't the short time frame. It was their kitchen—the sink, to be exact.
Where your kitchen sink is placed can be a huge factor into exactly how happy people are when they enter your space. The Property Brothers reveal that your sink needs to be placed in front of a window or at least give you some kind of view, be it of the rest of your house or something else.
When washing dishes or preparing food, homeowners like to be able to look at nature or have eye with other people in the room—which can actually elevate your mood. That's why, in a small space that doesn't have a lot of room or windows, builders often put sinks in the kitchen island. Having your sink face a set of cabinets or a wall? A huge no-no.
Not only does this make your sink a focal point in the kitchen, but the outside view can have a positive effect on your mental health. Mardie Townsend, PhD, an honorary professor at the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University in Australia, told Psychiatry Advisor that, “There is mounting evidence that with nature has significant positive impacts on mental health,” she said. “It is associated with reduced levels of stress—which also has huge ramifications for physical health, reduced levels of depression and anxiety, [and] increased resilience."
So if you want to live a less stressful, happy life, make sure your sink faces the great outdoors—you can thank the Property Brothers for that.
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