Our pets are an extension of our families. They live with us, age with us, and change with us. Is it not fitting to make the perfect spot for them? Check out the information below for ideas on renovating your home to incorporate the perfect that perfect hideaway.
1. Lucky, a goldendoodle, enjoys his special spot in his family’s renovated kitchen and mudroom. “The small addition, tucked between existing spaces, gives Lucky his own hangout area in the mudroom, and allows the family to easily (and stylishly) gate him when need be,” Jean Rehkamp Larson of Rehkamp Larson Architects says. “The custom metal gate operates like a concealed pocket door, conveniently sliding in and out of the wall when needed.”
2. A dachshund gets a cozy nook in this modern kitchen-dining area in a country house near the appropriately named Petworth, in southern England. The cabinetry doors, drawer fronts and side panels are covered in ash veneer.
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3. Talk about the best of both worlds. This dog gets to keep an eye on dinner prep while lounging in bed.
4. The dog cubby in this kitchen was part of a partial renovation of a mid century house in Los Angeles. The peninsula is wrapped in strips of painted medium-density fiberboard.
5. Dog crates, or kennels, can be an excellent house training aid, and act as a temporary “special retreat” rather than an all-day cage, according to the American Humane Association. But their boxy, chain-link ugliness is a design challenge. The pups open the gate with their noses. The dog den can be replaced with a base cabinet later if desired.
6. These pooches enjoy luxe sleeping digs in custom-made cabinets with a tufted backdrop in the living room. The space includes removable, washable bedding, and a laser-cut metal screen in the kennel door offers ventilation. Toys are also stashed inside.
7. The canine of this house has a view of both upstairs and downstairs from its niche in a stairway landing.
8. This laundry-mudroom got a big upgrade with new cabinetry and the addition of a dog wash area and built-in resting spot.
9. This little dog has a cozy hideaway in the laundry room. In these custom cabinets from Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry, the bench on top of the cubby lifts up for easy cleaning of the bed.
10. This stylish built-in dog crate is in the mudroom-laundry room of an updated Colonial home. The designers renovated the mudroom into a pet area with an integrated kennel. The cage is custom-made from a stainless steel grille of round bar stock welded in a flat C-channel frame. Two hinges allow the doors to be lifted off for cleaning.
11. The builders at Crown Point Cabinetry in New Hampshire designed and built the two dog crates to fit into the custom cabinetry in this traditional laundry room. The clients provided the builders with the size opening required for their dogs.
12. A doggie sleeping area is part of the pet station. The dog crate door is a decorative metal screen from Home Depot. Food bowls swivel out from the station’s toe kick, and a dog wash faucet from Moen is in the dog shower area.