For most of us, our four-legged friends are more than just furry companions; they are a part of our families. It may seem silly to take your pet into account when building your custom home. However, taking your pet into consideration will ensure your home is one that everyone can enjoy.
Let’s face it. Carpet is a pain for pet owners, especially those who have cats or dogs that leave balls of fur behind everywhere they go. Carpet is quick to trap odors and allergens and is very hard to keep clean. When properly maintained, options like hardwood, tile and laminate offer a smooth surface that is easier to clean and doesn’t hide fur or dirt. If you must have carpet in areas like the bedroom or informal living areas, choose one with a short pile or consider making these spaces off-limits to your pets.
If you have a pet that spends time both indoors and outdoors, consider incorporating easy-to-access entry and exit points. A small pet door can be a great way to allow your animals to come and go as they please. Access to the backyard from the living room, kitchen and owner’s suite are other ways to make your life easier if your pet needs to make frequent trips outside.
It’s also important to consult with your builder and landscaper to make plans for your pet when it comes to your landscaping, perimeter fence, and yard accessories.
A place to call their own
One of the best things you can do, for yourself and your pet, is to dedicate a space in the home for your pet. Whether it’s the mudroom or small closet, having a “home base” for your animal to rest, and a place to keep all of their toys, food, medications, will help keep your home organized.
We specialize in creating unique custom spaces and solutions that meet our client’s needs. We’d love to learn more about how we can build the custom home of your dreams for both you and your pets.