When designing a home, it is important to take into consideration the space you will need so that everyone is comfortable, as well as how that space is used to ensure that it is compatible with your family’s lifestyle. The home’s design should fit the needs for each family member and any future additions—including your pets. For many, pets are considered a beloved member of the family. Certain design choices and the addition of pet-friendly amenities can enhance your pet’s quality of life while making care-taking just a bit easier for you.
Keep Clean Up Simple
Ensure your pet’s security and safety by choosing non-toxic flooring and wall coverings throughout your home. Flooring should be durable, with hard floors like ceramic tile or oak and mahogany being easiest to clean and able to mask pet hair and tracks. Choose a distressed or matte finish on your hardwood floors and prepare yourself that they may get scratched and worn a bit from your pet.
Similarly, certain wall coverings are more washable and rub-resistant, including glossy or semi-gloss paint and tile that are easy to wipe down if they get stained or wet. Don’t forget to select furniture fabric that also is durable and stain resistant. You may want to consider microfiber or leather for easy clean ups, but be aware that leather may get scratched.
Depending on the type of pet or pets you have, sometimes dander, fur, allergens and odors can detract from the enjoyment you get from your pet. A central vacuum cleaning system and eco-friendly energy recovery ventilation helps to alleviate allergens in carpets, fibers and the air, and helps to exchange stale air with fresh air.
Give Them Their Own Space
When choosing a layout for your home, any room can be designed with a pet station that keeps daily care and grooming simple and contained. Oftentimes incorporated into a laundry room or mud room, imagine a space complete with a pet shower, wash station, automatic feeder, pet bed, litter box, cabinets for food, treats, and toys, and an exhaust fan to alleviate odors. You can even choose to include a special pet door with access to the lawn. Pet suites provide ample space for your pet to roam and be free without adding additional clutter or mess to the rest of your house.
Keep Them Entertained
Extending just above the basic needs of your pet is an excellent start to accommodating them. Moving beyond water, food, shelter, and the occasional belly rub, small changes can be made to maximize the value of your home for your furry friends. Make sure there are plenty of opportunities for your dog to view the beautiful outdoor surroundings of your home with ample windows, or add a scratching post for your cat to alleviate scratch marks on furniture and walls. Discover what makes your pet happy and then use pet-friendly amenities in your home to enhance their comfort. Smart home technology can also add to the quality of your pet’s life, as well as your peace of mind, with cameras and lights that allow you to check in when you can’t be there.
Designing a custom home allows you to consider the wants and needs of all of your family members, even your beloved pets. At Homewood Homes, we offer plenty of pet-friendly amenities to choose from, guaranteeing that you’ve designed a room for everyone in your family. Contact our sales associates to get started designing your dream home today.
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