When Pets Rule!

When Pets Rule!

We have a retriever that loves to run around a nearby lake made by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. She especially loves to roll around in the bait and any dead fish left on the banks of the water. The smell…

When we get her home, it’s bath time—no big deal if the temperature’s above 40 degrees—but when it’s cold, we bathe her in one of the bathtubs or showers. Unfortunately, we have a two-story home and all of the tubs and showers are upstairs on the second floor with the bedrooms, which means picking up the stinky, wet, dirty dog and carrying her to an upstairs bathroom. The struggle and the mess!

Oh how I wish we had designed a rear foyer with a pet center, complete with storage for pet food and other supplies AND a doggie shower! What a convenience to have everything right there and not have to traipse through the house. When it comes to pet centers, there are many ways to design. The photo above shows a pet bath, while the photo at left shows a pet shower. With a larger pet, the shower may be more ideal than an elevated shower for getting her in and out. Also, think about storage needs – bathing, brushing, food, treats, leashes, etc.

Keep in mind, a pet center isn’t just designed for a dog, a cat or other pet needs a place for their stuff, too. And, that shower is handy for rinsing off after working in the garage/yard or dirty kids or equipment/toys!

For more on designing with your pet in mind, visit our resources library for “Home Design Dogma, Creating a Pet-Friendly Home.”

Rear Foyer Design

Rear foyer with white cubbies“Mudrooms” have transformed into “rear foyers,” reflecting buyer’s preferences and the reality that many of us use the entry from the garage much more often than the front door. Seats with shoe storage under, coat hooks above, and a shelf or cubbies for additional storage help organize the family and reduce stress when trying to get out the door on time.

In an effort to control clutter and focus on aesthetics, creative builders and designers are taking the rear foyer concept to new heights with discrete amenities such as hidden message centers, concealed key storage, and other examples of private storage!

Message Center

Where do you keep the family calendar with everybody’s schedules?  Where do you leave notes and pin up reminders (yes, some of us still do that offline!).

Planning for a message center is something you’re sure to appreciate after the remodel or once you’re moved in.  Many people integrate the message center into a planning center or other area where they’ve a desk or modest work space. We’ve also seen them on the back side of wide cabinet or pantry doors, and in rear foyers (remember we’ve eliminated the term mudroom from our vocabularies!).

Charging Station

Cell Phone…laptop…iPod…Kindle…our lives are run on batteries!

Fortunately, these are rechargeable batteries. That’s great for the environment and avoiding battery replacement costs, but there is the hassle of keeping all of those batteries charged.

Recharging center to the rescue! One convenient location for a multitude of devices. One place where recharging is a snap and there’s no spaghetti-tangle of power cords, adapters, etc. One place where you know you’ll find that item you’re looking for–no more “Honey, have you seen my_____?” If the recharging center is for your entire household, locating it in the rear foyer entry from the garage works well.

Learn more about rear foyer design here.

Rear Foyer Drop Zone

Rear Foyer Drop Zone

“After a long day, I arrive home, open the door from the garage only to be greeted by piles of laundry. It’s like I’m starting my second job when I get home and find dirty clothes taking over the laundry/mudroom!”

Studies report for homes with an attached garage, the door from the garage into the home has become our primary entrance. In fact, we rarely use the front door. Designers have typically concentrated on front door entry foyer design, but the entryway from the garage was kind of an afterthought and often defaulted to a little space where the clothes washer and dryer could be placed.

“If you don’t get the sweaty workout clothes or kids’ sports uniforms washed right away, the stench is awful!”

Rear foyer layout
A Woman-Centric™ approach to home design elevates rear foyer design for both practical and aesthetic considerations. And it doesn’t double as the laundry room–keeping your blood pressure in check. “Getting the family out the door on time in the morning with everything they need,” was the inspiration for cubbies and lockers for the kids…and adults. “Having a place to take off muddy shoes,” pointed out the need for a seat.

Maybe your family pet needs his own cubby with toys, treats, and a leash to head out for a walk. Or, your teenager’s friends are over often to practice for their garage band or to shoot hoops–rather than have them coming in and out of the kitchen for beverages and snacks, set up a mini fridge and snack basket for their convenience (and your own sanity!).

At Design Basics, we know that each person/family has their own unique needs and wants. Let our plan alterations specialists help you create that perfect design.

Contact us today by calling 800.947.7526 or Search for a Plan.

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