How to Create a Pet Friendly Home
With more than 78 million pets in the United States, there is no doubt the pet industry is booming. Pet parents have options ranging from boutique clothing stores to gourmet and organic specialty food and even holistic medical care. Our furry four-legged friends are so much more than pets, they are members of the family. Most of our clients will go above and beyond to make sure they are comfortable and cared for, and always taking into consideration when renovating or building their dream home.
You may already have the ideal vision for your best friend’s needs or you may prefer to work with a contractor to come up with some out-of-the-box ideas. However you create them, small renovations can lead to the perfect additions for your pet.
We’re sharing our favorite pet-friendly home inspired ideas:
- Pet Grooming Station. From dips in the pool to rainy monsoon days, Fido can get to smelling funky in no time flat. One of the hottest pet-inspired home trends based on functionality and use is adding a pet-friendly bathing area to a laundry or mudroom. By creating a special shampooing area specifically designed for your pet’s size, the dreaded bath time will be a cinch.
- Paw-friendly flooring. It’s important to choose the right flooring for your pet, especially if he is older. Many of our pet-loving clients are opting for wood floors over what you would traditionally think– stone or tile flooring. This is because wood can have a warmer feel and timeless look. Distressed and textured finishes are really popular so any potential scratches or nail nicks, blend well with these current styles.
- Meal Time. Inspiration sites like Pinterest or Houzz can show you some great ideas for functional and hidden feeding areas for your pet. Just like the perfect little nook for your Vitamix, your home’s design can integrate your pet’s feeding area seamlessly. More than ever, we are working with clients to incorporate dog or cat bowls into a laundry room or kitchen cabinet. The idea is that pet bowls and food are accessible, but out of sight.
- Sleeping Spaces. When it’s time for your pet to call it a night, you will rest easy knowing he’s in a safe and comfortable spot. One of our clients recently wanted their pet to feel like part of the family, while still giving him his own special area. So we carved out a creative little space just for Fido, under the staircase, which included his very own window and plenty of space to move around.
Pets bring us a great deal of unconditional love and friendship into our lives, and the best part is you don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort to make your home pet-friendly, as the options today are limitless.