Have in mind your furry four legged friends when building!
When you have pets, it can be very rewarding, but having them may come at a cost. They need space and storage, as well as access to the outdoors! The National Kitchen and Bath Association reports 60% of interior designers add pet spaces to their kitchen projects, including feeding stations and food storage! So what are some things to consider when building with Reality?
Pet Friendly Flooring
Animals can be very hard on flooring. This can raise up the costs if you don't take the time to research what you personally need. You don't necessarily have to go for the most expensive though.. This link is worth the read about your choices
https://www.builddirect.com/learning-center/home-improvement-info/pets/. Also visit our design center to see the pet friendly products we offer.
Pet Feeding Areas
Here you can incorporate many clever ideas into the kitchen. You could put a feeding station, as well as food storage on one end of an island. Take a look on our Pinterest page for great suggestions. This is worth consideration to give your pets life a sense of order!
Designated Dog Area
You can utilize any awkward spaces in your home for a personal space your pet can call their own! How about under the stairs? Could you incorporate a bed in the kitchen cabinets? Bring us your ideas!
Outdoor Hot Water Access
Dog washing is definitely a chore. Make it a little easier by adding hot water that is easily accessible so your pooch can be clean and warm at the same time.
For those of you who have a dog (or a cat that goes outside) you can know that you could be letting them in an out all day! And thanks to the movie Home Alone you could also think of a doggy door as access to thieves! This is a place you can weigh the pros and cons before you decide to get one or not.. Think of the kind of animal you have and if they are willing to use it. There's also a possibility of other critters getting inside! If you're willing to spend a little more, you can change from a simple dog flap, to a dog collar with a sensor that will open a flap when the dog gets close. It would keep life interesting but here is an excellent blog on what you might think about... https://www.rover.com/blog/dog-doors/