From his perspective, the key is creating a truly custom home for his clients, which includes understanding how they interact with what’s around them and using that to elevate the design.
“The designer and builder need to make that connection with a homeowner, so that you can have a sense of what it’s going to take to make them feel good when they’re in a particular space,” said Farinelli, owner of Farinelli Construction Inc. “That’s with colors, light, amenities, layout – everything across the board. We believe that to build a house in this manner, you’re thinking of the last five percent of details, and that’s all part of wellness.”
Flooding the Home With Light
In this case, the homeowners wanted their design to accomplish several goals: provide plenty of natural light; capture the views of the surrounding landscape; and include transitions that connected the inside to the outside in a thoughtful way.
Achieving those desires means windows and skylights on the home are abundant. The design provides light throughout the home by taking advantage of a gently sloping lot to add larger windows to the lower-level dining area, and spreading borrowed light by means of windows on a front stair tower.
“Other than a storage room in the basement, there really aren’t any areas that you need to turn a light on, even on a cloudy day,” Farinelli said.
This design and build philosophy is apparent in a custom home that Farinelli built among the lush and rolling Appalachian Mountain landscape in central Pennsylvania.
The home, which features exterior products from the Aspyre Collection by James Hardie, was completed in the summer of 2019. Since then, there has been a surge of interest in incorporating wellness in all aspects of residential and commercial design.