Marvin conducted a national survey with The Harris Poll – Designing for Happiness at Home” – to better understand homeowners’ view on their homes. The survey surprisingly found that the home ranks second on Americans’ list of things that contributes to their state of happiness (96%). This falls just one point behind their own health.

In fact, to achieve happiness in the home, nearly 3 out of 5 homeowners (58%) are planning renovations within the next three months. Millennials lead the renovation pack and say they are not afraid to spend for happiness. For example, this generation plans to tackle various-sized home projects. Upgrading appliances, adding more natural light, and increasing square footage to their spaces are at the top of their project lists. 

Sight, Air, and Sound Aid in Well-being

Homeowners often consult with builders or architects when it comes to in-home wellness. More than half (58 percent) of builders and almost half (48 percent) of architects surveyed said homeowners either often or always ask specifically for items to improve their health and happiness. And when it comes to feeling happy, natural light and outdoor views of nature/greenery or the world around them top the list. 

Quiet Atmospheres & Indoor Air Quality

But, it’s not just what they see in their space that makes them happy.  It’s also what they hear and the air they breathe. Plus, people would like quiet atmospheres and indoor air quality in their homes. For example, air circulation and outside noises are two factors people consider (95 and 92 percent respectively), especially when purchasing a new home. And light emerged as a top need that people will put their spending power behind. In fact, seventy-seven percent of people are willing to pay more for natural sunlight. 

Marvin Skycove and Marvin Awaken Skylight

Marvin is currently re-investing 3-5 percent of its revenue into developing revolutionary new products designed to help people live better. Two recent launches that embody this mission and support survey results are the Marvin Skycove and Marvin Awaken Skylight. 

The Marvin Skycove (right) is a glass alcove that pops out to allow better connection with nature and more natural light.

The Marvin Awaken Skylight (left and below) is a smart skylight offering more efficient airflow and tunable, supplemental LED lighting.

Skycove and the Awaken Skylight deliver on the company’s promise to imagine and create better ways of living. Both products give homeowners new ways of connecting to and experiencing their homes.

The “Designing for Happiness at Home” survey was conducted online in August 2020 on behalf of Marvin by The Harris Poll.  More than 1,300 people in the U.S. consisting of homeowners, builders, architects, and designers were surveyed. A flash poll was also conducted online in April 2020 on behalf of Marvin by The Harris Poll among more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Photos courtesy of Marvin.

Dining room/outdoor space – Chelsie Lopez Production); Family living area with blue couch – Sara Tramp.