For many homeowners, pets are an important part of the family, so much so that they are looking to add some pet-friendly features into their home. Making it easier on our furry companions not only helps them out, but it helps homeowners stay organized and have a well-run home. Since pet-friendly living has become such a trend in recent years, builders everywhere are looking for ways to appeal to pet lovers when it comes to designing custom homes. Let’s face it…pets rule the home. Here are some of the best pet-friendly features for your home.
Pet Showers & Bathing Stations
It can be quite the challenge to get your pet to sit still long enough for a bath, let alone avoid making a mess in the process. By having a dedicated spot to bathe your pets, it not only makes the whole process easier and quicker, it’s less messy as well. Many builders are seeing the need for these types of features in their homes, which is why many are choosing to include pet showers in the bathroom area. If you’re not sold on a dedicated pet shower, you may also consider an open concept design for your shower area. This makes it easier to take care of your pet’s bathing routine without tripping over the tub or having a door in the way.
Storage Areas & Gate Systems
Storage is a big part of any home and we’re always looking for ways to maximize this in any way that we can. It’s true that pets have a lot of love to give, but they also have quite a bit of stuff. Food, toys, beds and supplies can take up room, which is why it’s important to have a dedicated space for these items in the home. Consider opting for concealed storage spaces in the kitchen for food and treats. Drawers and cabinets that blend in with your home’s design are perfect to house your pet’s belongings, so they’re not taking up space and making your home look cluttered.
It’s also a concern for homeowners about their pets roaming into areas of the home that they shouldn’t be in, which is why builders and designers are installing swing gates in entryways to prohibit pets from entering certain areas of the home while their owners are away. This helps to eliminate issues and keep pets contained.
In the Yard
Your property needs to work for your pet, which means that it must be protected in order for your pet to stay safe. Some helpful pet-friendly additions to the outdoor space include:
By protecting your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about your pet running away or getting into mischief. And by having a designated play area, you are able to design a yard that works for both you and your pet.
Pets are a part of the family. They bring us joy and constantly make us smile. Make sure that they’re included in your home’s design so that your home functions at its highest quality. By implementing some of these pet-friendly features into your home, you’re creating a space that’s perfect for the whole family.
At Frey & Son Homes, our team is ready to help you build the perfect home for your family…pets included! Call (239) 495-8200 or visit www.freyandson.com to learn more.