Designing a Pet Friendly Home

Our pets are a huge part of our lives, and when it comes to our homes, we want to make sure our furry friends are as comfortable in our homes as we are.  Many times than not homes are designed without the dog or animal in mind.

Houzz

 

A Japanese firm, Fauna Plus Design, realized that homes weren't designed with pets in mind, and they makes dogs an explicit part of their home design.  The firm's dog-friendly design approach is about aesthetics as much as it is practicalities, said an assistant to Keiji Hirose, lead architect at Fauna Plus Design. (Innman)  

Fauna Plus Design

Fauna Plus Design

 

So when designing your home with pets in mind, there are many decisions to keep in mind.

 

1. Transitioning space from the outdoors to the indoors.  Lets face it, our pets will come inside with muddy, wet, and dirty paws from time to time, and we don't want those muddy tracks trekked through the house.  Hence a room designed off the back door area (such as a mudroom) with dog storage, a kennel area or dog shower are perfect.  If you don't have space for dog shower or kennel, storage in a mudroom is perfect for hiding your dog's toys, leash, etc.

PetSugar

 

2. Selecting your flooring.  Cleaning muddy floors can be quite difficult, so I suggest tile/stone floors.  Wood floors are fine, but just remember your pets claws will scratch them; choose harder species of woods and lighter finishes will hide scratches more.  Wood and tile tend to be slippery (especially for those elderly animals),  so I suggest sealing the floors with a non-slip finish if there is an option.  If you want carpet for flooring, select a low-pile carpet for easier cleaning.  Also, many carpet manufacturers offer stain resistant products.

BHG

 

3. Fabric selections.  We all know our animals love to rub their bodies against our sofas and/or chairs.  Select an outdoor fabric which is more resistant to stains.  And if the fabric you love isn't outdoor rated, think of having your pieces fiber sealed.  Many manufacturers offer their products to be fiber sealed, and if they do, I highly recommend you select that option.  Leathers or vinyls are great fabric options as well, easy to wipe clean.

BHG

 

4. Wall Paint finishes.  Avoid a flat paint finish, and select an egg-shell or satin finish instead.  They are easier to wash off your furry friend's oils and dirt rubbed onto the walls.

BHG

 

5. Pet food storage. We all know we have to store our pets food somewhere, and generally it's a large amount.  And most of our animals eat in the same place we eat, so we also need to determine where to store their food and water bowls.

BHG

GreenLeaf Construction via Houzz

 

BHG

 

6. Sleeping arrangements.  Many of our dogs sleep in our rooms, but often they have their own spaces. Wherever, you choose for your dog or cat to sleep, it's best that they have their own bed.  Some clients have custom made dogs beds using outdoor fabrics and cushions.

Apartment Therapy

 

7. Dog rooms.  Crates are often small where the dog doesn't get any exercise or room to stretch out, so designing a space just for your animals is perfect for them to move around in.

Japanese builder Asahi Kasei via Crooked Brains

Japanese builder Asahi Kasei via Crooked Brains

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