The transformation in the Gregors’ home began
when they hired Matt Martini of OnSight Construction
to install a large, automatic Solo pet door. During the
planning, the Gregors had an “aha” moment when they
realized, as Sherry said, that “no one uses the living
room, and the pool and the only grass are in the side
yard right outside the living room.” The idea for Max
and Gusto’s bedroom was born.
Martini ripped up the carpeting and installed a
hardwood floor. He built two custom beds to match
wood cabinets used for storage that include large roll-out containers for kibble. He then added a low shelf for
food and water bowls that are filled from above by a
wall-mounted pot filler.
Like a couple of guys on spring break,
Max and Gusto can trot out their automatic door and head to the beach-access
pool where they “like to stomp around in
the shallow end,” Sherry said. Magnets
on their collars activate the door—when
the dogs approach, the door opens for a
few seconds and then closes.
“Humans can fit through it,” Sherry
said, “but if someone were to come in
and see my 150-pound dog on the other
side, they’d turn around. I’m not worried
Best of all, she said, “we never have
to rush home to let the dogs out.” When
the Gregors aren’t home, they check in via
PetChatz, a phone app with a wall-mount-
ed device that lets them get face time with
the boys—and dispense treats.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2016 Trends Survey says “fully
half” of its members included pet-friendly features in kitchens in 2015, and 35
percent of its members are expecting
to do more of them this year—from
hidden dog food and water bowls to
marble-lined dog crates and custom
dog-gate pocket doors.
A good first step that’s also relatively inexpensive is to get dog bowls out of
the way by putting them at the base of
a cabinet or installing a pull-out toe-kick
drawer. The end of a cabinet run, under
an island or under banquette seating are
ideal spots for a dog bed. Wellborn Cabinet Inc. makes a pet center designed to
hold a dog bed and bowls.
As a practical solution to muddy
paws and dirty coats, washing stations
often make the top of the remodeling
Brent Gunsbury, president of Bercher
Design & Construction in Baxter, Minn., recently completed a bath for clients that includes an open shower in a laundry room.
Leroy Johnson, co-owner of Four Brothers
LLC in Washington, D.C., built a wash station adjacent to dog “bunk beds” in what
was once a hallway and laundry area.
Todd Whitney and Linda Axnick of Caledonia, Wis.,
were tired of carrying muddy dogs upstairs to the bathtub
and of dealing with all the feeding bowls in the kitchen.
So Whitney and Axnick, both veterinarians, hired S.J. Janis
Co. of Wauwatosa, Wis., to revamp their mudroom for their
two golden retrievers and four flat-coated retrievers.
S.J. Janis custom-built a 3-by-5-foot raised
dog-washing station with a one-piece base made of
Vikrell, a nonporous composite material.
“It’s low-maintenance and has no grout to clean,”
said director of sales Nathan Wachtl.
The basin is surrounded by a durable, nonporous
acrylic solid surface known as Hi-Macs with a seamed
corner and no grout joints and sits on top
of a custom cabinet from Plato Woodwork.
A retractable step pulls out for easy access
to the waist-high station.
“This way the homeowners don’t have
to lift the dog or bend over to wash them,”
Article and photos originally appeared on wkkyc.com, the website of NBC-owned and -operated
WKYC Channel 3, based in Northeast Ohio.
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