Design with Your Pets in Mind

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The Tour of New Homes features dozens of homes with options for customization. Here’s some inspiration for how to use space efficiently and accommodate your family pet into your new home’s design.

Kitchen: If you have a small or medium-sized pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating area. It can be as simple as using free floor space under the island to create a stylish spot for the food and water bowls. Or, de-clutter a large lower cabinet, remove the door and create a convenient feeding spot.

If a bottom drawer is all you can spare, put a built-in food bowl that easily slides in and out. However, the water bowl should be accessible to your pet all the time.

Short on space? Take a tour of your house with fresh eyes and look for otherwise wasted space that you can transform. Turn an alcove or space under the stairs into a nook just for Fluffy.

Laundry Room/Mud Room: There are many ways to utilize space in laundry room and/or mud room for your pets. A feeding station for your larger pet can be conveniently located beneath a boot bench. This also makes a great spot for a pet bed.

When storing your pet gear, look for opportunities to seamlessly blend in the storage with the rest of your home’s style. For example, stash pet toys in a basket similar to the ones you use for your family’s outdoor gear. Store pet food in a large glass container – instead of its regular packaging – and you won’t mind the nibbles being on display.

Home owners also are adding pet-washing stations in their laundry/mud rooms. An enclosed tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths or simply to clean paws after coming inside.

The Tour of New Homes is presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors, Louisville Realty Group and RE/MAX. For more information, including a list of Tour homes, visit LouisvilleTourofNewHomes.com or Facebook.com/TourofNewHomes.