For most pet owners, animals are a very important part of the family. So when remodeling your home, why not remodel some areas that both help make life better for your pets and make it easier for you to care for them? According to a national survey conducted by a remodeling referral organization, nearly a quarter of the home remodeling and improvement projects referred by that organization included something for pets. While you don’t need to build your dogs, cats, fish or other pet their own room, there are plenty of ways to integrate special spaces for your pet into your home.
Here are 7 pet (and pet owner) friendly remodeling ideas :
1. The most popular pet-related home improvement, according to the survey, was adding a pet door. But that is just the start of what you can do.
2. Consider a built-in sleeping space for your dog or cat. This may help keep them off your furniture or out from underfoot while they sleep. Popular locations for these sleeping spaces are beneath cabinets and counters, under the stairs, or in bedrooms, laundry or mudrooms, kitchens, or bathrooms.
3. Since feeding your dog or cat is a daily chore, why not install a built-in feeding area to make it easier? Options include either a built-in food and water station under cabinets or a slide-out drawer that holds the food and water bowls. Some pet owners have installed water fountains for their pets that connect directly to their home water line. Adding dedicated cabinet or other storage space for your pet’s food (or toys, grooming tools, etc.) is another great option for pet-friendly remodeling.