Pets become a huge part of your life–as in an overwhelming one. Even when you’re dog isn’t physically larger than some of your friends, like mine, they still take up a great amount of real estate in your home, your car, your life, and your heart.
Now it’s time to make the home part a little more attractive and functional with today’s letter b: built-ins.
After developing an amazing addiction to Pinterest (because after all, who hasn’t?) I was exposed to some amazingly fabulous pet-friendly built-in ideas, such as this super amazing dog bed tucked within a kitchen island:
To avoid stepping all over copyright, you can see the rest of my pins of fabulous pet-friendly built-ins on my “Life with Arie” pin board, or see this compilation from Pawsh Magazine. Most built-ins focus on setting aside a reserved space for pet beds or bowls, food storage, or even litter box hiding places.
At some point, I would love to add these ideas to a home, and I’m definitely not alone. In fact, this trend has grown astoundingly in popularity in Atlanta itself, the city Arie, the cats and I call home. Ili Nilsson, co-owner of the design-build firm TerraCotta Properties, spoke with AJC Home Finder about pet parents and home design:
““For every client that has a dog, we do something specific for that dog,” said Nilsson. “You can fit the needs of your pet very easily with good planning.” That includes the clever location of built-ins for pet items or the installation of a hot water faucet outdoors for mess-free dog-washing.
The American Pet Products Association bears Nilsson’s opinion out. The APPA estimates that in 2011, Americans spent $50 billion on their pets.” – AJC Home Finder
Design decisions by Atlanta area pet parents range from choosing rugs based on their pet’s coat color and shedding to home owners choosing carpet tiles instead of a solid roll so that the squares are easy to replace if chewed or used for an accidental potty break. How far would you go to incorporate your pet into your home design?