Remodeling a kitchen is rarely a simple undertaking, but it can be an exciting one. If you're getting ready to remodel your kitchen, you may be looking for ways to make your kitchen a more comfortable and pet-friendly environment. Many pet owners overlook some really convenient additions to their kitchen remodel that can make the entire environment more convenient with pets. Here are a few features that you should talk with your remodeling contractor about.
Built-In Dog Crate
With the latest movement in furniture-style dog crates, there are also options available to have a dog crate integrated into your kitchen cabinetry. This is especially convenient to do if you're having a center island installed in the kitchen because that center island provides a great environment for the crate. That being said, you can incorporate a crate into any under-counter space that you prefer. This is particularly convenient for those pups that insist on being with you all the time but can get underfoot and pose a safety hazard in the kitchen.
Slide-Away Trash Drawer
There are options out there for most cabinet styles to create rolling, sliding cabinets where you can hide things underneath countertops. Cabinets designed to hold garbage and recycling containers are no exception. If you want to keep your trash can out of the open area, and away from temptation for your pets, cabinets like these to contain them are much more convenient and safe. Talk with your remodeling contractor about the dimensions of it, though, to ensure that you have cans that fit properly.
Non-Slip Flooring Solution
Pet owners understand the struggle of slippery floors for their pets. The last thing you want is for your pup to slip on the floor and suffer a hip or leg injury. However, carpets are a bad fit for kitchen areas. That's why you should consider a non-slip flooring solution for your kitchen. For example, you should think about something like epoxy flooring with texture chips. That way, you have traction on the floor and far less risk of slipping and falling. This helps to protect your pets from injuries, too.
These are some of the most important things to think about if you're remodeling your kitchen and you want to create a pet-safe space. Talk with your kitchen remodeling contractor about these options and any other features that might make your new kitchen a more comfortable and friendly environment for your pets.