September 24, 2019
Since its founding 20 years ago, Signature Homes has focused on giving homeowners more than just a roof over their heads. Anyone can build a beautiful home, but we build much more than that. At Signature Homes, we build communities.
One of the most basic human needs is shelter, but shelter alone won’t help people thrive. Signature Homes co-founder Dwight Sandlin poignantly pointed out that home styles have changed since the company began. However, “the basic desire of people wanting to live in a place to create memories hasn’t changed in 20 years. I’m not sure it’s changed in 100 years,” he said.
Your home shouldn’t just be a place where you survive; it should be a place where you thrive. In this article, we’ll share some of the benefits of communities and how Signature Homes focuses on building communities first, and homes second.
Communities Are Good for Your Health
Communities provide a support system for people when times are good, bad, or unthinkable. Our triumphs are more special when we celebrate with the people close to us, and our lows are survivable when we have people to help carry us through. Life is much easier when you have others by your side.
We grow and improve as people when we feel like a valued member of a group. We learn from other people and get inspiration from other’s successes. Communities thrive together by raising each other up and inspiring members to rise higher than they would on their own.
Everyone needs to feel like they belong somewhere in the world. Social acceptance matters a great deal to a person’s psychological wellbeing. Regular face-to-face interactions with other people are essential to your mental health. Organized recreational activities with peers can reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognitive function, and can even help you live longer.
Inclusion in a community is especially impactful on kids and teens. When youth feel like they belong, they have lower incidences of depression and anxiety, as well as fewer behavior issues.
Conversely, isolation can be devastating to a person’s health. According to one report, loneliness has the same physical detriment as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, both of which are even more harmful than obesity.
Millennials self-report being lonelier than any other generation, with as many as 54% saying that they don’t feel like anyone knows them well. A staggering 40% say that they lack meaningful relationships. Possible causes of loneliness are high work demands, poor sleep, and not spending enough quality time with friends and family.
What’s the best medicine for chronic loneliness and isolation? Face-to-face interactions with others.
Many young people feel like it’s harder than ever to meet people and make connections. Our goal of fostering strong communities and lasting relationships between people is more significant now than ever.
How Does Signature Homes Foster Community?
After you sign a contract for your custom home, you’re invited to an intimate gathering with others who have also just begun building with Signature Homes. From the very beginning of your custom home journey with us, you’ll feel like your neighbors are your family.
Throughout the year, our communities host sidewalk socials, Easter egg drops from helicopters, food truck festivals, farmer’s markets, and much more. When a community is new, Signature Homes staff plans and facilitates social events. However, community members quickly take ownership of the events and carry on the tradition as the community matures.
Our neighborhoods feature communal areas like wiffleball fields, playgrounds, lakes, canoe launches, community centers, and so much more. No matter where you turn, there are opportunities to meet your neighbors and cultivate strong, lasting relationships.
Join Our Community
Your neighborhood isn’t the only place to find inclusion, but it’s a great place to start. After spending years raising your kids together and building memories, you and your neighbors will have a durable bond. Whether times are good or bad, your community will be there to support you.
Are you ready to join one of our neighborhoods? Get in touch with us to learn more about building your dream home in a community that feels like family.
About Signature Homes:
At Signature Homes, we know that home is more than just the place where you lay your head. Together, we’ll build your dream home in your dream community. For the past 20 years, we’ve been helping homebuyers build not just their homes, but their lives. Want to experience the Signature Homes difference for yourself? Call 888-339-6051 to schedule a visit to one of our communities in Birmingham or Nashville today.