Designing for Pets

che5We consider our pets members of the family, so it’s only right, and sensible, that they should be considered when designing our homes.

Architects and designers can integrate integrate animal-friendly spaces that are both useful and natural but don’t take away from the home’s overall design and beauty. It’s the perfect combination of animal space and family space. Here are a few tips:

Tired of bowls and loose kibble littering the kitchen floor? Hide food bowls in drawers that pull out at a dog’s level for easy eating and drinking. When the dog is finished or when it’s time for company to come over, the drawer pushes back into the cabinet. The design incorporates the pet’s necessities so seamlessly that you’d never notice it if you weren’t looking for it.IMG_1992

Keep your pet safe without sacrificing sophistication. Instead of using an unsightly plastic baby gate to block pets from going up and down the stairs, create a short pocket door that slides discretely into the molding when not needed.

IMG_1902-1Give your dog the luxury treatment. When creating a pet oasis in your home, give as much attention and care to your pet friendly elements as you would the rest of the house. Dog crates concealed in the cabinetry give your pooch a private hideaway. Beautiful tiled walls and floors that amaze your guests also allow for easy cleanup in case of pet accidents. Close in the space with a dazzling Dutch door, which keeps your pet secure but affords for an abundance of natural light, as well as an easy reach in for a loving pat on the head.

We hope you’ll consider these innovative solutions to make your home comfortable for you and your pet.

By Wayne Visbeen, Visbeen Architects

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