Pet Friendly Home Ideas
When you build a home, one of the benefits is the fact that you can tailor the home to meet the specific needs of your family members. Yet if you have a pet, it’s easy to overlook the design elements that make a home pet friendly as well as people friendly.
From adding a cat perch to the living room to putting a dog-washing sink in the laundry room, a few changes to your home’s design can make it a great place to live for all members of your family.
Change the Laundry Room to Be Pet Friendly
Your laundry or mud room is a great place to stash dog food and pet-washing supplies. Pet-friendly home designs often include changes to the laundry area that incorporate a pet-washing station and storage for pet food and supplies. You may even want a built-in pet feeding station in this part of your home.
Strategically Place Pet Doors
Pet doors can give pets access to areas of the home that you may not want children to have ready access to, so consider having them built into the home’s design. For example, install a dog door with easy-to-clean flooring, like the kitchen, in case pets track in mud or dirt. Some pets, like cats, prefer to stay indoors, but may like access to dark areas of the home, like a closet or basement, if they need some seclusion. Put a cat door in these areas to give them access without leaving the door open at all times.
Give Pets A Quiet Place
All pets — no matter how social they appear — appreciate having a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of family life. Whether it’s a corner tucked away out of sight in the main living area that serves as a pet nook or a built-in piece of cat furniture with a hidey hole, this design element will improve your pet’s experience in the home.
Choose the Right Materials
From flooring to furnishings, the materials in your new home need to be pet-resistant. Pet-friendly flooring is particularly important, as pet claws can damage delicate flooring materials, and pet fur can get into the carpet — making it difficult to fully clean. Hard, durable floors are the best in houses with pets. Also, possibly include scratch-resistant finishes for window ledges, counters or other surfaces the pets will be allowed to access.
Consider a Pet Room
Whether you have a bird that needs a room to fly safely in; a ferret that needs to get out of the cage and roam from time to time; a dog that wants to watch the cars go by out of a large window with a ledge; or a cat that needs a quiet place to retreat, consider dedicating a room in the home to your pet’s needs. This room can double as a den or playroom — depending on your type of pet — but stock it with those features that will make it attractive and safe for the pet.