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  • Koby Bose

Don’t Forget About Your Pet When Planning Your Dallas Remodel

About 69 million Americans have at least one dog, and 45 million households have cats. So keep your pet in mind when you plan your next home remodel. As a pet owner, there are many design strategies and custom home features that can make your pet-loving lives easier. Here are some popular ways to add these attractive yet functional elements to your remodeled home.

Custom Washing Station

No one likes a dirty dog in the house. That’s why homeowners embrace the idea of a dog-washing station in transition areas like the mudroom, laundry area, or garage. This space typically includes a washbasin, non-slip flooring, and specialty cabinets for supplies. Here are a few ideas to discuss during the planning stage.

  • The size of the tub–Make sure it’s deep enough to hold water but not too deep for your doggie to get into.

  • The tub’s height–Placing the tub or sink on the floor is great for large dogs but requires you to kneel on the floor to bathe them. At Texas Belle Homes, we will figure out the most comfortable height for you and your dog.

  • Placement of the faucet–Keep your dog safe and comfortable during baths by installing the shower wand at a height that won't allow your pet to bump its head, yet is still close enough for you to reach it while keeping one hand on your them.

  • Wall and flooring options–All dogs shake themselves excessively after baths, so you'll want to choose wall and flooring materials that can endure moisture. Non-slip tile or waterproof vinyl would work best in areas where water exposure is likely.

  • Storage–While bathing your pet, you want to be able to reach all of the supplies you need. A shelf for shampoo and a hook for towels next to the tub makes things easy. But, you may also want to add additional storage for other pet items like leashes, toys, and food.

Built-in Feeding Station

A custom cabinet that pulls out for feeding time is a great idea if you’re tired of tripping over pet bowls. Or, to keep food and water always available, an alcove under the kitchen island gives your pet a distraction-free area to eat his meal. Custom pull-outs dedicated to pet food storage and treats are another popular way to keep the kitchen neat.

Sleep Nooks Throughout the Home

Pet hair and furniture don’t mix. If you’ve trained your pet to sleep on his own bed, keep it out of the way with a specially designed nook. Better yet, include pet sleeping nooks throughout the house so your pet can stay close to you.

If you're looking for a place to keep your furry friend safe and sound, try looking in unlikely places - like under the stairs or at the bottom of a linen closet. Not only will these areas help your pet feel secure, but they'll also keep him close by for reassurance.

Custom Cabinetry for a Litter box

A problem that many cat parents face is the litter box. No worries! Texas Belle Homes can easily create a unique cabinet to keep the box out of sight and give your cat a bit of privacy. With a cut-out door only a cat could fit through, a lower cabinet in the mudroom, laundry room, or bath is the perfect option. Open the full-sized door to access the pan for cleaning. An adjacent cabinet makes an ideal place to keep supplies.

Install Electronic Pet Doors

Some homeowners shy away from installing pet doors because they fear wild animals invading their homes. Put that fear behind you with an electronic pet door. Activated by your pets collar, these doors unlock when they approach. For increased security, install a timer that limits the hours of operation.

Other Pet Design Considerations

Let’s face it, owning pets can take a toll on your home. That’s why it’s essential to use pet-friendly materials when designing your remodel. From upholstery to flooring, you want your home to stand up to the rigors of life your pet can bring. Here are a few other design tips you’ll like to discuss with your builder.

  • Scratch Resistant Flooring- Pet nails scratch hardwood floors. Consider luxury vinyl planks for a durable wood-look or choose porcelain or ceramic tile instead.

  • Pet Friendly Carpet- Some homeowners prefer carpeted bedrooms, but even the best pet can have an accident. A pet-friendly carpet is stain-resistant with a moisture-resistant, anti-microbial pad underneath. Stay away from loop carpets, which can snag toenails, and choose a shade that matches your pet’s hair, so it’s less visible between vacuuming.

  • Finally, pets love trash, especially with chicken bones in it. Texas Belle Homes can suggest ways to keep the garbage and all its dangers hidden from sight.

Book a Consultation with Texas Belle Homes

Texas Belle is well known for their high-quality workmanship and attention to detail. No project is too big or too small for them, and they always strive to meet the needs and expectations of their clients. Their crews are professional and courteous, and they take pride in their work. If you're looking for a reliable and reputable construction company, contact us today at 214-659-1021!

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