More Homes Come With ‘Pet Suites’

Spaces are being carved out for pets today, the trend is inspiring new home designs!

More than half of U.S. households now own a pet, according to a survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Forty-five percent of those surveyed say they treat their pets like royalty, while 44 percent say they’d like to have a dog park within walking distance of their home.

“Pet suites” are a new feature more home builders are starting to offer in new homes. The suites are outfitted with dog wash areas, a bed, storage, and some even have a camera so that owners can check in on their pet when they’re away from home. pet suites range in prices from $1,500 to $16,000 and come either as an upgrade or added square footage within a floor plan. Pet suites are most likely to be located in an enlarged laundry room.

Standard Pacific Homes in Sacramento, Calif., has a model that includes a pet suite within the laundry area but sectioned off. It includes a pet shower and cabinetry. Some builders are tucking the pet spaces under the stairs or other small nooks within a home.

Source: “Increased Pet Ownership Inspires New Design Trends,” John  Burns Real Estate Consulting (December 2015)