Pet-Friendly Remodeling Trends

by Michael Hamrac, MBA, MRP, GRI 06/11/2019

When it comes to remodeling, some pet owners think outside the box to provide a comfortable environment for their pets. From designing indoor retreats to constructing cat highways, pet owners don’t mind spending thousands of dollars on remodeling just for the comfort of their pets. 

In recent times, homeowners in America and beyond are now keeping their pets in mind when renovating the home. Whether you are remodeling the entire house or just the living room, here are some major pet-friendly trends to include in your plan. 

Feeding Station 

Most pet owners see their furry friends as part of the family and would want them to eat along with everyone else in the kitchen. But the kitchen is often hectic, and it is easy to knock or step over pet dishes. Also, if your pets eat carelessly, water and moist food will be littered all over your kitchen floor, a constructed feeding station is a perfect home remodeling idea to help you to keep your kitchen clean as well as ensure that your pet eats along with everyone.

Dog Washing Station 

This is one of the quickest growing trends among pet owners. Fed up of hoisting their pets into laundry tubs or bathtubs, pet owners enjoy the comfort of areas designated for dog washing. Most dog washing stations resemble a shower stall, but it is half the height. Washing stations feature cold and hot water supply, a ledge for comb and shampoo and a spray nozzle. Including a dog washing station in your remodeling plan is not expensive and it will add more value to your home when you sell it to someone who owns a dog. 

Built-in Beds 

Gone are the days when cats sleep on cardboard and dogs sleep on crates. In today’s world, homeowners have added pet beds in cabinets, shelves, and numerous built-in features. Giving your pet its own bed to sleep will make it comfortable as well as create space in your home. 

Cat Highways 

If you want to bring your kitties outdoor experience into the home, a cat high way is the ideal pet-friendly remodeling trend you need to consider. By nature, cats love to jump and climb so by including perches and walkways in one or more rooms, your kitty will always stay active and you won't lose floor space. 

Indoor Pet Retreats 

This is a room designed for pets to have nothing but fun. It features a drinking fountain, automatic feeders, doggy shower and a lot of space to run and play.

Talk to your general contractor to help you incorporate these ideas into your remodeling plans and make you and your pet happy.

About the Author
Author

Michael Hamrac, MBA, MRP, GRI

Michael Hamrac, MBA, CMR, MRP, GRI, Army Veteran, is a prominent Tampa REALTOR® and strategic leader who combines his skills of real estate with a diversified business background to deliver the highest level of client satisfaction. Prior to full time real estate sales, Michael sharpened his skill for contract negotiation while developing international business relationships for a major Central Florida healthcare organization. His professional career was dedicated to negotiating strategic business affiliations with major hospitals, physician groups, and health insurance companies throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Michael also developed and managed private real estate investments.

A seasoned real estate professional with over 12 years experience, Michael is results oriented, efficient, and quality focused while ensuring customer service remains a top priority. Michael, among many accomplishments, is an Orlando Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 award winner, Keller Williams Silver Award winner, and AmeriVet Top Producer.

Grounded with the core values obtained during his military service, Michael works hard to create a positive environment that fosters teamwork and organizational achievement. As an MRP, Military Relocation Professional, and former Army Infantry Squad Leader, Michael understands military relocation procedures and how they impact our service member's and veteran's relocation and housing choices. He will help in finding the housing solutions that best suit service member needs while facilitating awareness of available VA benefits and support.

Education:

MBA, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

BS, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

CMR, Certified Military Relocator

MRP, Military Relocation Professional Certification, Tampa, Florida

GRI, Graduate Realtor Institute, Tampa, Florida

Expertise:

Home and Property Listing Services, Existing Home Sales, New Construction Home Sales, Income Properties, Luxury Home Sales, Military Relocation Professional, Short Sales, Condos, Townhomes, Vacant Land, and Foreclosures. 

Professional Associations:

National Association of Realtors

Florida Association of Realtors

Greater Tampa Association of Realtors