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Custom Homes and Well-Being

At Schmidke Construction and Contracting, we aren’t doctors but we build a lifestyle through custom homes that could improve our clients’ health and well-being.


Did you know most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep to be truly rested? And of course, it’s not enough just to be in bed for that long. You must sleep well, meaning get enough deep sleep, or REM, each night. Sleep affects all areas of your health and life including your heart, blood pressure, mental health, mental acuity, and more. Lack of sleep over time can even increase your risk for diseases like Alzheimer’s.


The average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, so working with the right building materials and making intentional decisions for the bedroom based on your best sleep state are important when renovating or building a new home. Custom homes and well-being go hand-in-hand.

Need a cool space to sleep or certain light conditions? Let’s install smart technologies like programmable thermostats and smart switches for lighting. Do you have smart switches but don’t like how they glow at night? Let’s install a system that can be programmed to not be illuminated during rest hours.

Do you like absolute quiet or absolute darkness when you sleep? There are products like QuietRock by @PABCOGypsum that takes drywall to the next level to deaden noise and motorized blackout shades that if built into a track, can block the light at any time of day.

If you use a C-Pap machine, you know it takes a fair amount of space on the nightstand or floor. Let’s build an enclosed space for that into your custom bedside table so the machine is usable and yet out of view.

Does your partner have a different sleep or wake schedule than you do? With a designer, we can tackle this and provide solutions. One interesting solution is a primary bathroom exit passage, so your partner doesn’t have to come back through the bedroom again and wake you before leaving.

Where does your phone charge at night? For many people, it charges next to their bed and acts as an alarm clock. Experts urge us to get an ‘old school’ alarm clock and charge our phones in another room. Let’s plan for that and build a charging station in the walk-in closet for example. You’ll be avoiding unnecessary RF rays which can be damaging, notifications that can be startling, and work or social media that can tempt you to delay rest.


Recently we attended a luncheon with Chicago Luxe Interiors+Design and a panel of speakers hosted at The Luxury Bed Collection on the topic of sleep, home building, design, and well-being.

Here were their three key takeaways:

  1. Install a programmable thermostat and automate your comfort.
  2. Keep it quiet with materials like QuietRock® or HVAC add-ons to deaden noise.
  3. Keep your phone in a separate room.

How much sleep does your environment allow each night? What ideas can you start implementing for better sleep and what can Schmidke Construction help you create?


The custom home building journey should start with the right planning, thoughtful decisions based on your well-being, and knowledgeable professionals that know how to create the space that’s best suited for the homeowner.

Schmidke Construction and Contracting has been building custom homes in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana for over 20 years. The trusted team enjoys meticulously crafted details that reflect a client’s personality, aspirations, and lifestyle. Learn more about us here.

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