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It took 3 years for my boyfriend and me to find the house of or dreams. We started when the market was hot, continued through the decline, and bought right before interest rates dropped below 4% (dammit!). We viewed our home 15 minutes after it went on the market, we put in a full price offer an hour after we left, and we’ve never been happier.
This is why our home is perfect:
- We’re on 5 usable acres – we can easily access our entire property; it’s perfect for dogs
- We didn’t have to do any updates – the house was 4 years old when we purchased it; although Johan is planning improvements this year – sheesh!
- The house is huge – we love our space; I hang in the living room with the dogs, Johan has his big TV in the family room and his stupid, really terrible taste in programs
This is why our home is perfect for dogs:
- We live on 5 acres plus there’s a ¼ acre fenced dog yard with access to the house through a doggy door
- The downstairs is mostly hardwood floors making it easier to keep clean
- There’s a main floor ¾ bathroom where we can bathe the dogs (or rinse paws) easily
- The Centennial Trail borders our property so we can take the dogs for long (or short) walks
- Marysville is a dog friendly town with tons of stores, shops, trails and events for dog lovers
With all of that, if, as a dog parent, I were given the chance to design the perfect house, I would still make some changes (which we’re in the process of doing – sheesh!). The changes aren’t huge, but they were inspired by our dogs.
The Pet Friendly House Project
I was recently introduced to a site called Professor’s House, which is where you’ll find The Pet Friendly House Project that involves a group of people are designing and building a home that takes into consideration the needs and comforts of a family with pets. They are looking at the structure, flooring, paint, furniture, everything that goes into building and designing a house and making it a home! It’s all about “quality of life” with dog parents, right?
Now just think about it. If HGTV showed up with $100,000 and told you to change your home to make it more comfortable not just for you, but for your pets, what would you do? I really want to know so please respond in the comments below!
The Professor’s House is going to deal with the problems that dog (and cat) parents live with, because it’s just par for the course…
- Scratched floors
- Access to the yard
- Stains on the furniture
- Allergies / dander issues
- Storage (food, toys, supplies)
- Learn more about what makes a house “pet friendly“
The idea was inspired by the creator of the project who underwent a kidney transplant in 2009; with his new lease on life, he came up with this amazing idea that I love. The project is going to help promote the Kidney Foundation of Canada and Transplant Awareness, while giving dog parents a fun site to submit ideas (see below) and track the progress.
I popped over to the site and learned that the house is going to be built in Canada, it’ll be worth a little more than $500,000, and it’ll be 2,200 square feet (a little small – hee hee). The house isn’t just for dog parents; the family living in the house (it’s not being built to be sold) has a dog, cat, and lots of fish. Although this will be their home, they’re going to open it up for viewing for up to 2 months after completion. I so wish I could check it out!
Submit Your Pet Friendly House Ideas
One thing that I’m truly stoked about is that we get to submit Pet Friendly House Ideas. It should be easy for us, because on a daily basis there are things that we deal with that we wish we had the money, time, or know how to fix or improve. Here’s my list…
- Increase the dogs’ yard size to 1 acre
- Install 6’ high, black fencing system – black, because I think it looks sleek
- Replace 1st floor flooring with tile that looks like hardwood – you have GOT to check this out! We’re installing this in the living room this summer.
- Fencing/gate system at the entrance to the Centennial Trail to keep the dogs in and the strangers out
- A shop for Johan to move his projects OUT of the garage and we’ll turn one of the bays into a doggy day care for our three pups with agility toys, orthopedic beds, and more.
I can go on and on, but this is the start to our list. What would you add? Remember that $100,000? How would you use it to improve your home?
Disclosure: this is a paid sponsored post; I was compensated by the people of the Pet Friendly House Project to help them spread the word about their amazing project and cause. My thoughts are my own and genuine.