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New Home Design Features Pets (and Their Owners) Can’t Live Without

In most homes, is there any place where a kennel looks attractive or isn’t right in the way? Besides the laundry room, where else do people frequently trip over the cat box or feeding bowls?

According to U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2015-2016, more than half (54%) of U.S. households have a dog or cat, yet few homes are available for owners to live harmoniously with their furry companion(s).

Homes are designed with man caves, guest rooms and mother-in-law quarters, so why don’t pets have a space of their own?

By design, love of pet does not have to be at odds with love of an aesthetically pleasing, organized, and clean home. There are many ways plans can be created for a lifestyle that includes pets with special areas that make a home “live” better.

Idea 1

A space tucked under the stair is a terrific place for a dog den and cats like to perch up high, leaving more room for the couch and people on it!

Pet Mailer front

Idea 1: Steppin’ it up

Idea 2

Plans can include an area for owners to kennel, clean and feed their pet(s).

Pet Mailer front 2

Idea 2: A little breathing room

Idea 3

An access door to the back yard or dog run is a plus for owners who don’t always have time to walk the dog.

Idea 4

Pets like to gather at the kitchen island with their owners, so kitchen designs can include pet food storage and eating areas.

Pet Mailer back 2

Idea 4: What’s cookin’?

Idea 5

The utility room is an ideal place for a dog wash and owners will appreciate the convenience after a visit to the dog park.

Idea 6

Cat owners will value a built-in litter box cabinet.

Pet Mailer back

Idea 5 & 6: Caring for the cat box and doggie-locks

Millennial combined with Gen X households make up the largest pet owner age bracket of 18-44 and the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey says another 20% of Millennial households intend to get a dog or cat. The U.S. spent $48 billion dollars on pets in 2010 and is predicted to spend over $60 billion in 2015.

Maybe it makes sense to start building more homes with Fido (and his owners) in mind.