Some homes are not complete without the distant pitter-patter of clawed feet. Whether it’s a cat, dog, baby pig, iguana, or even a parrot, we cannot help but enjoy the company of our pets. But are our homes safe enough for our furry or not so furry friends? We show you how you can ensure your home is friendly to your pet:

 

Don’t Skimp on Materials

When you come to us, stating that you will have pets in the home, we will advise you to stick with the most durable materials. Why? – to account for the wear and tear. Pets have a way of getting into places they should not be. And before you’ve had the chance to train them, your house will have taken a hit. There are times you’ll be cleaning up after your pup. Or days you’ll be pulling the cat off the floor to keep it from sharpening its claws on your hardwood floors. There’ll always be something you need to attend to urgently. But you cannot always be there running after your pet. Sometimes, you must let things be and trust that you have the right materials in your corner.

So, when choosing finishes and designs, make sure you choose those that align with your pet choices. If you’re going to have a German shepherd scurrying through the house, you must reinforce the floor. If you’ll have a cat climbing the walls, you might want to choose the most resistant finishes. Oh, you also cannot overlook finishes that repel fur and dirt. That’s unless you want to spend hours cleaning up after your pets every day.

What do we suggest? In rooms where your pet spends a lot of time, go with glossy or semi-glossy paint or tile. You can wipe this down easily with a wet cloth and nobody would know the difference.

We will go through your home design and ensure that the materials are best suited to your choice of pet. Be it a hedgehog, fennec fox, or even tarantula, we will know what works for it!

 

Include Your Pet

People often go wrong when designing their homes by not thinking of their pets from the start. So, they plan a whole house and finish building it then start thinking of how they can include their pet. If you already have a pet, we recommend that you factor it into every decision.

How? Think of whether your pet will use each room in your house. Say, for example, that you will keep a dog. Where will you bathe it? A mudroom would be a great choice for this activity. So, as we build the mudroom, we will keep the dog in mind. But incorporation goes deeper than this- you must look into each room.

Where will the dog sleep? How about eating? Where will it play?

These are some of the questions we will discuss with you as we go through the floor plan. It allows us to create a specific pet area where your pet can enjoy some independence. Studies show that these small retreats can help calm aggressiveness in pets. Even they need some me-time.

 

Free Your Pet

You cannot be on standby, waiting to serve your pet’s needs all the time. You have other things to do, even if you are in the house with the pet. So, you must design the home in a way that affords your pet some freedom. Say, for example, you will create a yard where the dog can play. How can it access the yard if you are not at home? We can solve that with a dog door. But what if a yard is not an option and the dog still needs access to the outside world? We can create a window layout that enables the dog to connect to the outside world by sight. We can even create a special pet area for it to sit and stare at the outside from a safe vantage point. These are some of the decisions you must think about when introducing a pet to your home. How can you make their lives more convenient? How can you take the bulk of the work off your shoulders?

Talk to us and we’ll figure out the best options in your case. We’ll even get to storage options for your pet outdoor gear. Your pet should have a pet station where you store treats, toys, brushes, and other items. Its leashes should also be here. If the layout allows, we can create its washing station at this point so you can meet all its needs at the same point. We will ensure that the station has enough aeration to prevent the buildup of odors and can even consider adding fans and vents.

 

Customize the Backyard Too

We often spend a lot of time thinking about the indoors. So, we lay out the pet bowls, bring out the toys, and even lay their beds. But pets need to be outdoors. They, too, must reconnect with nature to spend that pent-up energy and chase away the blues. But how can you ensure that the backyard or other outdoor space is safe for your pet? – by working on it!

You need to carve out a spot where your pet can chill and release that extra energy it’s worked up during the day. Clear any debris that could hurt it and fence the area. Then let your pet run free!

Are you unsure of what the best spot for your pet’s outdoor activities should be? We will assess this as we help you locate the best location for your custom home. That’s two birds with one stone, ensuring that both you and the pet are happy.

 

Choose Suitable Flooring

We would not advise using carpets in the home. But if you choose to include one, go with the one whose tone is on the darker side. Also, match the tone with that of your pet’s fur. It helps conceal the shedding and makes it harder to pick out the stains.

 

Do you have questions about making your custom home pet-friendly? Talk to us about your concerns and let’s find the most fitting solutions for your pet.