What’s loud and furry, and likes to make a huge mess?
More and more people are getting pets these days. According to the national APPA pet owners survey, 65% of homes have at least one pet, up from 56% in 2011! Perhaps the expanding middle class is the reason that pet ownership has expanded so rapidly, perhaps the ASPCA is doing a great job getting more people to adopt. Whatever the reasons, pet owners make up the majority of Americans. It would be remiss of us not to talk about pet friendly home designs. After all, you have to keep all the members of your family in mind when designing a home!
6 Keys to Successful Pet Friendly Home Designs
Age determines flooring:
The age of your pet should–in large part–inform your decisions when it comes to choosing flooring. Carpet is a poor choice if you have a puppy or a kitten to train. Up until the age of about 8 months, both dogs and cats are liable to have frequent accidents. Durable flooring such as tile flooring, laminate flooring, or painted concrete are all good choices.
However, if your pet is older in age, they’re probably more prone to slipping on hard floors like those listed above. One solution is area rugs that can easily be replaced. Area rugs that are colorful or earth-toned are good choices, since pet hairs will show up less easily.
Think hard wood, if you want hardwood flooring. One key to pet friendly house plans is recognizing that your pets are playful, and have claws. Some hardwood flooring is too soft for the kind of wear-and-tear it would need to withstand. Oak or mahogany are both excellent choices: just be sure to have some area rugs on hand if you need to muffle noise or aid an aging pet.
Disguise with durable fabrics. Pet friendly interior design starts with choosing durable fabrics, unlike silk, that will not tear easily. As far as color goes, choose colors and patterns that will hide your pet’s hair. If you have several choices, compare them against the color of your animal’s fur, and go with the fabric that shows the least fur.
Avoid wallpaper and matte paint. Nobody has the time to clean the walls everyday. Thankfully, that can be avoided by choosing a semi-gloss-finish in rooms that see a lot of moisture and mess (kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms), and a satin or eggshell-finish in other spaces. Both are easy to clean, and aren’t tempting scratching posts for cats.
Design them their own mudroom. This is one of our biggest pet friendly home design tips. Making house plans with pet rooms might seem a little strange at first, but it’s a great way to save on time and frustration in the long room. A separate mudroom can act as a great transition-place to clean off pets coming in from outside, and it can be equipped with cabinets and hooks to store pet supplies and medicines. It’s not only practical to keep animal/human supplies separated, but it can also help keep any little tikes safe who might be curious about the special treats in the cereal cupboard.
Consider a window seat. Rather than making a cat or dog room in your house (which is possible, of course!), you can make a space that your furry friend can enjoy while still being near you! A window seat with a view is the best gift you can give them. Both cats and dogs alike enjoy watching out of windows, not to mention the delicious warmth and sunlight they can soak up! And while you’re at it, you might find that you enjoy the window seat every bit as much as they do.
If you have more questions about pet friendly home designs, contact HOW Building Services. We’re happy to help the whole family!