The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says that 68% of American households own at least one pet. Of that 68%, 48% own a dog. Some buyers are even looking for homes with pet- friendly features before kid-friendly ones.
If you are designing your own home you have the advantage of putting pet-friendly features into your home, so that your furry family member will end up loving it just as much as you do. Here are some pet-friendly design features to think about including in your design plans to make life easier for both of you.
As cats and dogs age it is harder for them to move around (we humans run into the same trouble). Aging pets can have a number of ailments that make going up and down the stairs more difficult like joint problems, poor vision, or hip dysplasia. Fewer stairs make it easier for a pet to get around. Or maybe just fewer stairs where they would be hanging out most of the time.
Secure Outdoor Space
A must for dogs that need plenty of time to get out and play and even cats that have been de-clawed. Outdoor living spaces that are fully fenced in allow you to just open the door and let them go have fun. Even better: design an outdoor living area that both you and your pet can enjoy together.
Easy Clean Floors
Adding a pet to the home means adding adventure. The more adventure that happens inside and around your home, the more likely an accident/stain or two. We are not just talking about potty training issues: there is muddy paws, knocked over food, scratching, shedding, etc. When looking at flooring you will want to consider options that do not scratch easily, are stain-resistant, durable, and maybe even slip-resistant.
A Place All Their Own
Some people have created a space in their home just for their pets to relax and call their own. This can include an area to put their bed and favorite toys, it can be a nook to house a decorative crate, or some have even created a room just for their pets.
Location, Location, Location
The place in which you have your home built can also play a big role in making your pet ownership easier. You may want to build on a large lot to allow your furry friends to roam. There are master-planned communities that offer pet-friendly community amenities including dog parks and green spaces. Or you may just want to find a space near city pet-friendly community spaces such as dog parks or hiking trails.
The team at Viking can help you to build or find a pet-friendly and family-friendly home you will love for many years to come. Check out our pre-construction page or contact us anytime for more information.