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The concept of wellness is dominating the housing industry. Today’s renters are motivated by healthy living and want to live in spaces that are designed to support their lifestyle choices. But gone are the days that wellness was defined by simply including a fitness center in a community plan. For it to be successful, the concept of wellness should extend far beyond the walls of a fitness center, rather, shaping the identity of the community at large.

In a recent presentation for the NAHB, KEPHART’s Director of Design, Bobby Long, and TRIO’s CEO, Angela Harris, discussed how to design communities that are rooted in wellness. Their presentation highlighted the importance of creating connection to the outdoors, using natural materials and biophilic elements, creating spaces that are flexible in use, and allowing for an abundance of natural light and ventilation, ultimately establishing communities that rent easily and people love living in.

For a full recap of their presentation, see below.


This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.