Monday, January 23, 2012

Charlie's Clues: Home Built Ins For Pets

custom built-in dog bed sleeping area under roof eaves

Saw this post on Atticmag and had to share. Enjoy cool Built-ins For Pets

Clever ideas to make life easier for pets and their families.

Tucked under the eaves, there is plenty of space for a large dog to nap or move around – even windows to watch the squirrels. The wood framed metal screen doors don’t appear to have hinges, which makes me wonder if they are pocket doors – both sliding to the left when hidden.  That would be a great idea, since it would allow the doors to be out of the way and pets could enter anytime.
custom built-in dog bed area with doors under staircase
Another underutilized area in the home is the space under a staircase. An arched doorway makes this dog den even more special.  Remember doors should always be constructed of a material that allows airflow so it’s more comfortable for them.
custom dog bed nook with vintage grate door
The door of this bed nook was crafted from a vintage grate and blends into the decor when closed.  Thinking outside the box leads to one-of-a-kind features.
custom laundry room with built-in dog bed area and grooming sink
Laundry rooms are other good areas to corral pets.  This one features a bed niche alongside their bathing sink.  A doorless niche is perfect if pets don’t require containment and it keeps the bed from being underfoot.  Be sure not to miss the funky dog wallpaper.

custom built-in dog crates and raised feeding station in kitchen
A kitchen remodel is another opportune time to include a kennel and feeding station.  Here the resting spot is built up a step, creating a raised area for meals.  Raised feeding reduces neck and back strain in larger breeds and also promotes healthy digestion.
raised dog feeding station made from vintage childrens chairs
A pair of vintage childrens’ chairs were altered to accept stainless bowls.
custom island with inset dog bowls and dog bone shaped drawer pull cut outs
Look at the adorable dog-bone- shaped drawer-pull cut-outs.

Sources:  Do It Yourself, Funk Design, Detroit Home Magazine, laxsupermom, Gardenweb, The Fun Times Guide, Artisan Kitchens)

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