Pets are an important part of the family; why not design with them in mind–particularly when you have a little extra room to work with? Just like we’d factor in the humans who will live in the household, strategizing in the design phase can make both our pets’ lives and ours easier and more enjoyable. Here are three ideas to get you started.
Whether a cozy alcove near the hearth, a secret spot under the stairs or a built-in crate under a countertop, creating a designated haven for four-legged family members to escape to can provide them a soothing sense of security. Perfect for a great room, an office or even a bedroom, this simple, affordable strategy helps to keep pets off the furniture (if that’s important to you) by giving them a secure spot of their own, and it stops items like bedding and toys from getting in the way of your walking path. Just be sure the space is appropriately scaled for the size of your pet.
As we all know, pets can be messy eaters and their bowls can become tripping hazards if the spot where you put them is not thoughtfully planned. A feeding station with a pullout drawer for the dishes is a common solution and can even be integrated into your kitchen cabinetry. Make mealtime more convenient by installing an inexpensive cold-water tap at ground level so that it hovers above the water bowl.
No More Muddy Paw Prints
To keep things tidy, pet-washing stations are a huge emerging trend in custom homes. Often in the mudroom, laundry area, garage or as a dedicated room unto itself, the space typically includes a basin raised to waist level (to take it easy on your back), a sprayer, water-resistant flooring and a cabinet or built-in shelving for supplies and towels. Often, people will keep feeding stations or litter boxes here, too.