Pet-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas

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Michael Foster
July 11, 2024
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As pets are considered part of the family, pet owners often consider their needs when remodeling their homes. Whether you have a cat, dog or fish tank, your pet will have a significant impact on your home renovation choices.
When remodeling or gardening, it's important to consider your pets' needs. This can lead to comfortable and safe environments that they'll enjoy. In addition to doggie doors and fences, there are many other pet-friendly renovation options available.

Built-In Feeding Stations

Creating a feeding area under the kitchen cabinets is common, which saves floor space. For added convenience, you can install a water connection and circulating pump to turn the water bowl into a drinking fountain for your dogs.
Having a dedicated cupboard for pet supplies, including food, treats, and medication, is a good idea. Keeping the food storage near the feeding station simplifies meal preparation and helps keep the kitchen organized.
Designing a kitchen with your pet in mind improves their life and makes feeding time easier for you, avoiding tripping and spills.

Washing Stations

Pet owners appreciate dedicated dog cleaning rooms as they eliminate the hassle of bathing pets in bathtubs or laundry tubs and cleaning up the mess afterwards.
The majority of pet bathing stations look like half-height shower cubicles. Smaller dogs usually have sunken tiled tubs at counter height. Replace the tub/shower combo with a walk-in shower for easier access for larger dogs.

Built-In Beds

When designing built-in beds for your pets, it's important to follow a few guidelines to keep them safe and practical. Anchor the structure to the floor and/or wall, keep the opening at least twice the width and standing height of your pet, ensure the bottom material is sturdy and can support 1.5 times the weight of your pet, and make access for cleaning easy with hinged front or top panels.
Also, consider placing the built-in bed where your pets can feel connected to the action in the room even during nap time.

Pet-Friendly Play Zone

Play areas for your pets should be designated where they can engage in their favorite activities. You can keep them entertained and active by providing them with toys, scratching posts, and climbing structures. Pets won't be able to damage other parts of your home by playing in this designated area.