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Making a Pet Friendly Home

Carly Sutherland

Carly Sutherland

What makes a house a home? The bulk of people might think the simple answer to this question is family. Some of our family members don’t quite look like us though. Some come with four legs and lots of fur! Here’s the good news- you don’t have to compromise your sense of personal style and comfort to accommodate your four-legged friends. Here is a list of a few pet friendly home features to keep in mind when building a new home or remodeling your existing home.

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Fresh Flooring

Pets, paws and piddle: your choice in flooring can certainly make your life with pets easier. To begin, you’ll need hard-surfaced, durable flooring to keep pet-occupied rooms unbeaten. Since carpet can be easy to stain and difficult to clean, other options such as laminate flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, painted concrete or scratch resistant wood might be better choices. These floors also stay cooler in warm weather- an especially important consideration for pets with thick fur and for living in the south. Keep in mind, however, that polished planks or tiles can be slippery- especially for those grey-faced senior pets. Slip proof area rugs can remedy an unbalanced four-legged friend, and can also add charm to your home.

If you’re interested in talking more about your flooring options when building with Truland Homes, please contact one of our experts in the design center. We partner with Shaw flooring to provide durable flooring options in tons of styles!

Fashionable Furnishings

When it comes to pets, choosing the right furniture can save time and energy when it comes to cleaning up after your furry family members. Before buying new furniture or reupholstering existing furniture, consider the fabric. Some fabrics to avoid are chenille, tweed and velvet as they are pet hair magnets, as well as delicate fabrics that can be easily torn by pets. A delicate fabric like silk can still be used in the home, just maybe for window treatments instead of furniture. For easy-to-clean fabric options, choose denim, canvas, a sturdy synthetic, or microfiber. These options wear well, rid of hair easily, and are usually easy to clean. An expert tip, according to Home and Garden Television, is to choose fabric colors that mimic your pet’s fur tone. This may save you some precious time spent vacuuming!

Hardy Paint

Pets, like children, can do any amount of damage to our walls. Pets like to rub against walls, especially cats who like to mark as they move about. Dogs- particularly those with saggy jowls- can (and will) spray a wall with drool while shaking their head. If you prefer a matte finish, make sure you choose a washable flat paint. So choose your favorite colors, and make your home truly yours- but just remember to keep a towel ready to wipe away potential drool. For more information about paint choices when painting your new or existing home, contact our experts in the Design Center to hear more about our Sherwin Williams paint options!

Window View

Both our feline and canine friends- particularly those who spend the majority of their lives indoors- will appreciate the entertainment value of a well placed window! A large window perfect for watching the birds out back, or overlooking the street and neighborhood activity can certainly save your pet from unnecessary stress- and in turn save you from it as well. When building a new home, keep in mind that your home can be modified to fit you and your family’s needs. If you’d prefer more floor length windows (or better yet, if Scruffy would), let Truland know exactly what you want so they can make it happen. If the window of your pet’s choosing isn’t low enough, you can remedy this by placing suitable furniture below or alongside of a window to make it possible for your pet to observe the wonderful outdoors.

Keep in mind while decorating your home, that you don’t have to be held captive to every day pet furnishings. Websites like Mod Pet Life, The Posh Puppy Boutique, and Wayfair (just to name a few) sell stylish pet furnishings which will probably go unrecognized as the pet’s. Whether in the form of DIY or a purchase, decorating with pets isn’t only easy, but it can be fun! Above all else, enjoy your pet and all their quirks without sacrificing your home. After all, they will bring you more happiness than you will ever need to forget about those unexpected surprises.