Home building with our furry four legged friends in mind!
Having animals in your life can be very rewarding but with them comes a need for space and storage for what they need, as well as access to the outdoors! The National Kitchen and Bath Association reports 60% of interior designers add pet spaces to their kitchen projects, including feeding stations and food storage! So what are some things to consider when building with Reality?
Pet Friendly Flooring
Animals can be very hard on flooring. So this is an area that can be quite costly if you don’t take your time to investigate your own personal needs. Keep in mind that you don’t have to get the most expensive flooring either. This link is worth the read about your choices
https://www.builddirect.com/learning-center/home-improvement-info/pets/. Also visit our design center to see the pet friendly products we offer.
Pet Feeding Areas
This is where there are many clever ideas that you can incorporate into to your kitchen. On one end of your island you can have feeding station as well as food storage. Take a look on our Pinterest page for great suggestions. To have a sense of order in your animal’s life, this is worth consideration!
Designated Dog Area
Utilize that awkward space in the home for a personal pet space your critter can call their own! How about under the stairs? Could you incorporate a bed in the kitchen cabinets? Bring us your ideas!
Outdoor Hot Water Access
For the dog washing chore a great suggestion is putting hot water that is easily available for your pooch to be warm and clean at the same time!
Anyone who has a dog (or a cat that goes outside) knows that you could be letting them in and out all day long! And thanks to the movie Home Alone we may also think of it as access to thieves! Well this is a subject were you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons. Also knowing your dog, consider if this is something he or she will use. And consider the possibility of other critters accessing your house! Don’t forget, there is the expense which you can go from a simple flap type door to a dog collared sensor that opens the flap when the dog is close. More money of course! It would keep life interesting but here is an excellent blog on what you might think about… https://www.rover.com/blog/dog-doors/