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    Should Pets Determine Your Home Design?

    Posted by Andy Boldt on January 28, 2019
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    If you are planning on selling a home in the future, one consideration you may not have taken into account, is pet friendliness. Around 35% of Canadians have a dog and 38% have a cat, making us a pet loving nation that sees pets as an important part of the family. While home design is mainly centered on human needs, if you have pets and you are considering including pet-friendly features, rest assured your efforts will not go unnoticed when it is time to sell your home.

    What Are the Main Features of Pet-Friendly Design?

    In addition to choosing soft furnishings that withstand scratching and are resistant to fur (think leather, synthetic fibers and the like), fixtures in the home should be conducive to wear and tear caused by pets. Flooring, for instance, should not be made of hardwood or other materials that can easily be destroyed. Similar effects can be achieved through laminate flooring, stone, or ceramic. Laminate is a good choice if you also have kids and wish to have softer flooring. Fumed oak and other open-grain woods are also ideal because they have a grainy pattern that withstands scratches well. If you prefer carpet, use lower rather than deep shag varieties. Opt for carpets with a sturdy texture to make cleaning up easier.

    Making Storage A Priority

    Dogs and cats tend to take over a home, making their presence felt in almost every space. Pet lovers are attracted by homes with enough storage space to keep items pets use often including toys, training equipment, and similar. Storage furniture that pulls out and snaps back should be present in each room, especially those in which pets spend the most time - including the living room, bedrooms, etc. To hide well loved toys, make the most of shelf space with square rattan baskets, which lend your living space a tidy look.

    Making the Most of Free Space

    Pet lovers go to great lengths to create personalized spaces for their dogs and cats. Areas like the space beneath a staircase (the spandrel) can be used to place a modern luxurious dog or cat bed and steel water/feeding bowl construction. Bespoke beds, meanwhile, can contain pull-out ‘pet bed nooks’ which are ideal if you like to sleep in the same room (but not the same bed) as your pooch. Some cabinets and wardrobes have low-lying drawers that open up and sustain dog bowls. This is an ideal way to keep the floor clean and dogs and cats are savvy enough to know how to ‘pull the drawer open’ when they are hungry or thirsty. Free space on walls can be used to build a designer cat circuit, which your cat will love running across. Designer scratch posts made from tree bark and other natural elements, meanwhile, are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical.

    A Pet Bathroom

    If you have a free space in your home and you don’t know what to do with it, how does a pet shower sound? Having a walk-in shower with a low-lying shower head, pet-friendly flooring and easy-to-clean tiles makes washing your pet less of a chore. This bathroom should have enough storage space for towels, hair dryers, and other items you need to pamper your pooch or kitty to perfection.

    Safety Concerns

    Baby gates at the top of stairs are a great way to prevent puppies and kittens (or older pets) from falling down steps. If door openings or spaces between rooms are wide, fear not; there are extra wide dog fences made of mesh, which can be adapted to the measurements you need. Older pets often cannot see as well as younger ones, so potential accidents can be avoided by removing low-lying furniture and features, and keeping furniture clean. Wagging tails can knock over glass and other delicate décor pieces, potentially leading to injury, so a minimalist space will work better than a cluttered one.

    Real estate experts say that potential buyers have to imagine themselves living in a home before buying it. Pet friendly features can have this effect, by letting buyers know their pets will be as comfortable as they will. Sturdy floors and furnishings will stand the test of time, while playful features such as designer scratching posts for cats will appeal to a buyer with an eye for design.


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    Blog Written by Jennifer Dawson