Homes with ‘Pet Amenities’ the Next Big Thing?

In what is thought to be a first for the homebuilding industry, Standard Pacific Homes is constructing models that offer a pet suite as an optional amenity.

The company, inspired by the results of livability studies conducted with home owners, is promoting the homes in 27 residential developments from Florida to California.

“Devotion to pets is second to none,” notes Standard Pacific executive Jeffrey Lake. “They are family.”

The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial-size pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television.  Your comments?

Source: “Pets’ Amenities Rising Trend for Homebuilders,” Associated Press (July 17, 2014)