Your Pet Deserves a Treat

by Joan E. Diamond 07/14/2019

Moving to a new home or modeling the one you’re in means finding room for the entire family. When your family includes the furry variety, think about more than just a corner to toss that doggy bed. Make your home truly welcoming for all members of the household by installing a doggy spa or pet room.

We know our pets help keep us happy, grounded, and healthy; but the constant upkeep of cleaning up fur, scrubbing up muddy paw prints, and wiping all that hair out of the tub after giving your furry friend a bath might just wear you out. Savvy designers and renovation experts can add a pet-friendly area to handle some of the mess so that your time together cuddling and playing takes precedence over the cleaning and vacuuming.

Transform a mudroom

Install a pet entry in the wall or door into the mudroom. Keep a mat in front of the entryway to collect the worst of the mud, and debris Fido brings in. For feline friends, install the pet door in a window above a counter top—so long as the outdoor approach is accessible to your pet. Place a warm (but washable) pet bed near the entry so your dog or cat can snuggle while drying from a trip through the mud puddles. Removable pet doors made to install alongside sliding glass doors work best for patio entries.

Since pets might get even muddier than humans, consider turning part of your mudroom into a pet shower. Install a portable pet-wash enclosure—available from pet stores and online retailers—near an existing sink or faucet, or go all the way and create the pet spa of your (and their) dreams with a custom-built shower enclosure. You can create your own custom one with a standard utility shower pan and subway-style tiled walls. If your mudroom finishes are higher-end, opt for decorative tile that matches the theme. Complete your design with removable decorative paw prints or a repeating pet-patterned wallpaper for a stunning look.

Easy care appliances

Combine the dedicated pet space with a laundry room for even easier cleanup. For homes with multiple pets, consider designating a heavy-duty washer/dryer combo just for your pets. That way, pet hair won’t transfer onto the rest of the family laundry. Take care to wipe the washer tub regularly and clean the dryer filter after every load.

If you’re planning to sell soon, removable pet doors and portable tubs let you easily and quickly return the room to its original use. Your real estate professional can help you determine if a permanent doggy spa or pet shower increases the sale value of your home.

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Joan E. Diamond

BUYING A HOME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND? START HERE Welcome to my website. I am Joan E. Diamond, a Hilton Head Island Real Estate Professional, who has been selling condos and luxury homes on Hilton Head Island since 2010. In 1973 we came to Hilton Head as resort guests and were touched by its beautiful beaches, live oaks, bike trails, tennis and golf facilities, and the friendly family charm of the Low Country. We returned every year until 2006 when we made Sea Pines on Hilton Head our permanent residence. We have watched the island grow and know it well.

I became a realtor on Hilton Head because I love the island and its lifestyle and enjoy showing people this wonderful place to live. I can advise you on restaurants, schools, boat rentals, and places to play golf and tennis. And when you are ready, I will show you condos, and homes in a wide variety of prices. So you, too, can call this island home. 

In 2018 I was certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and awarded Million Dollar Guild recognition based on outstanding performance in our Hilton Head market.