neo-angle pet washing station makes for an easy place to clean up
Not so long ago,
dogs lived in dog houses. But as we increasingly treat our pets like one
of the family, we want to make space for them inside the house. In
recent years, more dog and cat owners are considering their petsí
needs when building or remodeling their homes, says Rob Radiske,
designer-vice president for Wisconsin Kitchen Mart in Milwaukee.
"There are a
number of ways to incorporate pet dishes into the design of a kitchen,
mudroom or really any room that has cabinetry of some sort,"
Radiske says. "One would be to simply include an open space or
recessed area, say, at the end of an island or on a flanking wall
area." A recessed area could also serve as a petís sleeping area
if a pet bed is added, he suggests. Itís also an appealing way for
your pet to feel close to you when youíre in the kitchen.
If youíve ever
accidentally stepped into your dogís water dish, youíll like this
idea. "Another option is a low pullout drawer or shelf that houses
the dishes and can be tucked away if necessary. You can accommodate
older or larger pets by raising the height of the drawer or shelf,"
Radiske says. An elevated feeder and water bowl is more ergonomic and
reduces the stress on your petís neck and back. The dining niche can
be made of easy-to-clean durable material or even artificial turf to
give pets the feeling of dining in the wild.
cabinet accessories can be repurposed for pet supplies, according to
Radiske. "A pullout peg board with hooks can be used for leashes,
brushes or other grooming items, as would pullout base pantries for food
and treat storage, grooming aids and leashes. This can be as simple as a
dedicated drawer for the pet supplies with dividers for
organization," he says. Tilt-out drawers are also a good option for
food and treats. And, if you have several pets and they all get
different kinds of food, set up a system of clear storage containers in
For the times when
youíd rather not have Fido in the kitchen, consider a built-in gate.
This design element is ideal to keep pets in a specific area when youíre
cooking and donít want to trip over a pet thatís underfoot.
The mudroom can be
outfitted for everyone ó two and four-legged. If youíre installing
lockers for the kids, include one for the dog. It can also be a good
place to hide the litter box.
hiding, is your pet fearful of storms? An indoor doggie door may be what
your pet needs to take cover until the storm passes. Cut a small window
into the door of a bedroom closet and create a cozy den for your doggie.
A pet washing
station helps keep dirty paw prints out of the house, which is
especially handy if you live in a rural area. "Incorporate a large
single bowl sink in the utility room that could serve as a laundry sink
as well as a pet bathing station with pullout sprayer faucet. We have
seen elevated shower bases used as pet bathing areas as well,"
Radiske says. "This can be done with tile or solid surface products
or more economically with pre-manufactured acrylic units. In our
showroom, we designed in a neo-angle shower base in a corner next to a
boot bench with hooks and an open shelving unit on the other side. We
installed a wall mount utility faucet with tile walls. This can serve a
dual purpose as a pet washing station and also be used to clean off
muddy boots from children or from yard work and gardening."