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Design with your Pets in Mind


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Home owners love their pets – and they also love homes with great design with modern function. So it is no surprise that home builders and designers increasingly are being asked to consider pets when developing floor plans and custom amenities. Builders are responding to this demand by offering homes with pet-friendly design in kitchen, laundry room/mud room and even outdoor spaces. Even condos and apartment buildings now feature amenities like rooftop dog parks and self-serve grooming stations. Whether you are in the market for a new home, will soon be remodeling or just need some inspiration for how to use your current space, here are a few ideas to get started.

In the Kitchen

If you have a small or medium-sized pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating area. It can be as simple as using free floor space under the island to create a stylish spot for the food and water bowls. Or, declutter a large lower cabinet by removing the door to create a convenient feeding spot. You also can add a comfortable cushion instead for a cozy pet bed. If a bottom drawer is all you can spare, install a built-in food bowl that easily slides in and out. The water bowl should be accessible to your pet all the time, however. If your pet is a messy eater, keep the feeding station away from high foot-traffic areas and storage areas for people food.  Water spills can be especially hazardous in the kitchen. That is why feeding bowls for larger pets may be better suited for the laundry room or mud room. Short on space? Take a tour of your house with fresh eyes and look for otherwise wasted space that you can transform. Turn an alcove or space under the stairs into a nook just for Fluffy.

Laundry Room/Mud Room

If you have a separate laundry room and / or mud room, there are many ways to utilize that space for your pets. A feeding station for your larger pet can be conveniently located beneath a boot bench. This also makes a great spot for a pet bed. When storing your pet gear – leashes, toys, food – look for opportunities to seamlessly blend in the storage with the rest of your home’s style. For example, stash pet toys in a basket similar to the ones you use for your family’s outdoor gear. Store pet food in a large glass container – instead of its regular packaging – and you won’t mind the kibbles being on display. Home owners also are adding pet-washing stations in their laundry/mud rooms, and even the garage. An enclosed, tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths or simply to clean paws after an afternoon in the yard.

Choose an Approved Professional

Whether you build a new home or buy and improve an existing home, your best choice is to retain the services of an Approved Professional Builder or Remodeler. These professionals meet the minimum standards of membership in the Home Builders Association of Greenville, designed to you identify the best professionals in the area to help with your largest investment.

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By Susan Vernon, 2015 Home Builders Association of Greenville President
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