Pets are a growing trend in American households. A 2021-2022 survey found that 70 percent of US households include pets. A pet-friendly home keeps your four-legged family members happy. Plus, your home may appeal to pet owners if you decide to sell. Learn more from these 7 tips!
1. Sleep Nook
Give your dog or cat a cozy space with a built-in bed. Whether under a stairwell or incorporated in a cabinet, your pet can get away from it all without feeling isolated. You won’t have that dog crate or cat bed taking up floor space. Build the bed at floor level or install a ramp for older pets.
2. Feeding Station
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, why not add a feeding station for your pet? You can install it below the cabinets or at the end of the island. Include a bottom shelf for food and water bowls, drawers, and shelves to store food and treats. The feeding station can be located off the kitchen to avoid crowding if you have large dogs or multiple pets.
3. Mud Room With Storage
Connect your front entry to a mud room that can withstand muddy paws and wet fur. Install shelves, cabinets, or hooks to leashes, toys, bags, and towels within easy reach. Pets shake out their fur when they come in from the rain, so the floor and walls should be water-resistant.
4. Pet-Washing Station
Why struggle to lift your dog into a sink or tub when you can have a specially designed pet-washing station? Many people are opting for this pet-friendly home feature. It is about half as high as a shower stall, including a sprayer, floor drain, and storage shelves. The laundry room, mud room, or bathroom are ideal locations for a pet-washing station.
5. Pet Door
When you install a pet door, your dog or cat can go outside and back indoors on their own. That means you don’t have to worry about getting home in time to let them out. Without assistance, your pet can enjoy the fresh air or return indoors if it’s too cold or hot.
6. Screened-In Porch
For a little more security, create a screened-in porch with a comfy bed for Fido or Fluffy. When you’re not home, your pet can safely relax in the sunshine and watch the world go by. Consider installing a tile floor to keep your pet cool. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe and happy when they’re alone.
7. Cat Walkway
Cats love to observe the world from elevated perches. Besides the usual “kitty condos,” you can install a cat walkway with on-and-off ramps. Install the walkway above eye level and the ramps no higher than two feet off the floor. Unvarnished wood is an ideal material because it is less slippery than plastic.
The general contracting professionals at RH Blanchard can make your home a haven for your dog or cat. Contact us today for a free quote.