The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Custom Home Pet-Friendly

Avoid being victims of damage and horror stories

If you’re a pet owner, you know that your furry friends are an important part of your family. But when it comes to designing your dream Schumacher Homes custom home, you may worry about how to make it pet-friendly without sacrificing style or functionality. Fortunately, with a few key design tips and considerations, you can create a beautiful and comfortable home that works for both you and your pets.

Choose Pet-friendly Flooring and Materials

When designing a custom home that’s pet-friendly, it’s important to choose flooring and materials that can withstand wear and tear from your furry friends. Hardwood floors may look beautiful, but they can easily scratch and dent from pet claws. Instead, consider options like tile, vinyl, or laminate flooring that are more durable and scratch-resistant. You can also choose materials like leather or microfiber for furniture that are easy to clean and won’t trap pet hair. Avoid carpets as they can absorb odors and be victims of stains.

Create Designated Pet Spaces

To make your custom home truly pet-friendly, it’s important to create designated spaces specifically for your furry family members. This can include a cozy bed or crate in a quiet corner of the house, a feeding station in the kitchen, or even a built-in pet shower in the mudroom. By creating these designated spaces, you can help your pets feel more comfortable and at home in your custom space.

Incorporate Pet-friendly Features into your Landscaping

Your pet-friendly custom home should extend beyond the walls of your house and into your outdoor space. Consider incorporating features like a fenced-in yard, a dog run, or even a pet-friendly garden with plants that are safe for your furry friends to be around. By creating a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for your pets, you can ensure that they get the exercise and fresh air they need while also protecting your custom home to prevent being victims of any damage they may cause.

Consider Built-in Pet Amenities

When designing your custom home, think about incorporating built-in pet amenities that will make your furry friends feel right at home. This could include things like a built-in feeding station, a pet washing station, or even a designated pet room with a cozy bed and plenty of toys. By including these features in your home design, you can ensure that your pets are comfortable and happy while also keeping your home clean and organized.

Plan for Safety and Security

When designing a pet-friendly custom home, it’s important to plan for safety and security. This includes things like installing secure fencing around your property to keep your pets from wandering off, and making sure that any potential hazards (like toxic plants or sharp edges) are removed or secured. You may also want to consider installing a home security system that includes pet-friendly sensors and cameras, so you can keep an eye on your furry friends even when you’re not home. You wouldn’t want to come home to any nightmare horror stories.

Use Pet-Safe Cleaning Products

Avoid using harsh chemicals or toxic cleaning products that can be harmful to your pets. Opt for pet-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products that are safe for your pets and the environment.

Store Medications and Toxic Items Safely

Keep all medications, cleaning supplies, and other toxic items stored securely in cabinets or high shelves where your pets cannot access them. Use childproof locks if needed to prevent accidental ingestion by pets.

Keep Your Home Clean

Regularly clean your home to remove pet hair, dander, and odor. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and pet bedding regularly and use an air purifier with a pet-specific filter to improve indoor air quality.

By following these tips, you can create a safe, comfortable, and pet-friendly home for your furry friends. Remember to always prioritize the well-being and safety of your pets in your home design and lifestyle choices.

Schumacher Homes can help you select flooring and materials that will make your home pet friendly. Schumacher Homes can also customize your home to include any pet friendly features you need.

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