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Design with your pets in mind.

Homeowners love their pets — and they also love great design with modern function. So it’s no surprise that home builders and designers increasingly are being asked to consider pets when developing floor plans and custom amenities.

Whether you’re in the market for a new home, will soon be remodeling or just need some inspiration for how to use your current space, here are a few ideas to get you started.


If you have a small- or medium-size pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating area. It can be as simple as using free floorspace under the island to create a stylish spot for the food and water bowls.

Or, declutter a large lower cabinet, remove the door and create a convenient feeding spot. You also can add a comfortable cushion for a cozy pet bed.

If a bottom drawer is all you can spare, put in a built-in food bowl that easily slides in and out. The water bowl should be accessible to your pet at all times.

If your pet is a messy eater, keep the feeding station away from most of the foot traffic. Water spills can be especially hazardous in the kitchen.

Or, if you’re short on space, scan your house with fresh eyes and look for otherwise wasted space that you can transform, like under the stairs.

Laundry Room 

If you have a separate laundry room, there are many ways to utilize this space for your pets. A feeding station for a larger pet can be conveniently located beneath a shoe bench. This also makes a great spot for a pet bed.

When storing pet gear – leashes, toys, food – look for opportunities to seamlessly blend in the storage with the rest of your home’s style. For example, stash pet toys in a basket similar to the ones you use for your family’s outdoor or sporting gear. Store pet food in a large glass container and you won’t mind the nibbles being on display.

Homeowners also are adding pet-washing stations in their laundry rooms. An enclosed tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths or simply to clean paws after coming inside.

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