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Designing with Your Pets in Mind
Godden | Sudik Architects - November 5, 2019
Pet Design Trends

When you’re building a new home, you need to consider all members of your family, including the family pet. According to a national pet owners survey, 68% of U.S. households have a four-legged friend at home. While designing a home to suit your needs may be stressful, incorporating your furry friend into the new space should not be. Creating designated spaces for your pet not only makes them more comfortable, but also can make your life easier! Design options like dog washes, built-in storage for food and toys, and dedicated kennel space leads to less stress and mess and gives your animal a place of their own to rest and relax.

Dog Wash

Dog washes are popping up more and more frequently as design options for both custom and production housing. Creating a washroom within the owner’s entry or mudroom of the house alleviates the stress of bathtime for your four-legged friend. No longer forced outside or confined to the bathtub, the pet wash areas provide a low-entry threshold that allows your dog to right into the shower thus taking the stress off getting your furry friend in and out of the tub, and eliminates the need to clean up the tub after you’re done.

Designed Food Storage

Built-in storage has seen a resurgence in popularity in homes to keep spaces clean, open, and organized, so why not consider dedicated space for your pet. Generally, feeding areas tend to take up valuable floor space in the kitchen. Adding in a built-in drawer or shelf customized to fit their food and water bowls can recapture floor and counter space and makes clean-up a breeze!

A Place for Your Pet to Sleep

Just like you have your own space to sleep in your home, your pet should have the same opportunity too. Dog crates are popular sleeping spaces for pets but can be unsightly. If you’re tired of seeing them in the living room or bedroom, try incorporating a “den” into your pet area. Kennel areas can be built-up just like shelving and storage nooks. Take advantage of the framed in area under the stair giving your pet the opportunity to burrow in and drift off to sleep!

Whether it’s extra storage to keep their belongings organized or spaces dedicated just for them, designing with your pet in mind makes both of your lives easier! If you’re thinking about upgrading your home, give Godden|Sudik a call!