If you are a pet lover and owner and you love your home, you know it can be hard to keep your pets happy and your home looking good. Having a place for them to play, keeping the house clean of debris, pet hair and stray toys and keeping their food put away can be a challenge.
If you are remodeling your current home or looking to build a custom home, here are some animal friendly ideas that your furry friend will thank you for.
1- Durable Floors
The biggest feature is having a durable floor. Flooring that is easily scratched or dented is not the ideal choice for those with pets. This doesn’t mean that every area of your home has to have a durable floor, but in the high traffic areas it is a money smart option to choose tile, laminate or ceramic flooring.
Putting this flooring in areas like your entryway, kitchen, bathroom and living room can keep your home looking high quality and can have the added benefit of keeping your pets cool in the summer.
2- Open Concept Shower Or Pet Friendly Bath Area
Giving pets a bath can be quite the endeavor. Building a custom home gives you the freedom to design a pet friendly bathroom or design a walk in shower, to make it easier to get them to the bath. You could design a separate bathroom with a dog/cat bath, or just add a lower entry shower to your existing bathroom.
Adding this feature makes clean up easier and can help your pet feel cared for. Tile helps for easy clean up, especially after a good post bath shake off.
3- Easy Entryway
Pets and pet owners alike want to have plenty of space. Building a mudroom or entryway that is spacious and easy to access can benefit all parties. Installing cabinets and unique storage can help keep bags of dog food, leashes, play toys, meds, doggy bags and more organized. Entryways can be a good place to wipe down and quickly clean your pet so they don’t track mud through the rest of your home. A small washing station or just a convenient place to store wipes and towels is an additive that you should consider.
4- Pet Feeder Station
Installing new cupboards in your kitchen can be an opportunity to create a hidden pet bowl or feeder station! Creating a space on the side of your island, with cut out holes is another option. You can also create the same cut out style, but put it on a bottom level drawer that pulls out and closes when you need the space.
5- Outdoor Ramps For Older Friends
Older pets often have a hard time walking, especially up and down stairs. Adding even just a temporary ramp to the exits of your home can help your older friends be able to get out to the car or into the backyard. Pet owners want to give their friends the best life while they are here, so installing something to make it easier on their joints can save some energy.
6- Plenty Of Windows
Windows provide natural light to your home which gives your pets and you some Vitamin D. Dogs, cats and other pets love to watch out the windows. Making certain windows accessible will make them happier. A good option is to add lower windows to your doors, or to have floor length large windows so climbing on top of furniture is not required.
7- Quality Textiles And Furniture
Keeping hair and fur off of floors and furniture pieces can be a tedious task. Purchasing the right furniture and décor that can not be damaged by pets can keep your home looking new and clean.
Furniture that has exposed wood can seem like a great chew toy for an excited puppy. Choose metal options when possible. A satin or a semi-gloss paint helps to repel fur and keep walls clean. Furniture pieces that can resist moisture is also another pet friendly option to keep your home smelling and looking fresh.
Building With Cole Val
Our builders are happy to include many features that will make your home functional. Whether you want features to help your pets or your kids, we can make it happen. Choosing the right builder is just as important as choosing the right neighborhood. We treat you like family and want you to have a positive experience building with us.
Cole Val offers pre-designed floor plans and each home comes with specific features that come with every home. These include:
- 30-Year Architectural asphalt shingles
- HVAC system
- Standard 36” fireplace
- Dishwasher, microwave and range appliance package
- Group 1 granite 3CM Quartz countertops throughout the home
- And more!
While these features are included, our team can offer any custom features you can think of. Choosing a custom home gives you complete control and can design anything that is on your wishlist.
Contact Cole Val today to get a quote or talk about what areas we serve. You can check out our recent homes here.