Add Pet-Friendly Elements to Your Renovation

Although we have fallen far behind in our 30 Days to the Best Pet Home challenge, we are still moving forward with each of the posts as promised (and everything will be released as an ebook). Although life may get in the way of our schedules, I will not let it get in the way of valuable information!

Today, I want to talk to you about adding pet-friendly elements to your renovation. Each weekend I spend some time on Pinterest looking at the different ways to decorate or improve the functionality of our home. I recently came across some amazing ideas for integrating your pet’s needs seamlessly into your home. However, many of these upgrades require renovation or major structural changes. Therefore, if you are looking at an upcoming renovation or move perhaps, these ideas are for you!

Doggy Window


Built in Pet Door


Kitchen Island/Pet Crate


Hidden Cat Litter Box


Laundry Room Dog Bath Station


Pet Crate with Windows

Message to my readers: There will be lots of changes coming in the next few weeks to MKHP. I might be adding some more lifestyle content (because as a dog mom, I am also going through daily life and there are elements I would like to share). Additionally, there is some great photography coming to the site from Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography!

I will continue to focus on pet health and living a healthy life with your pet. However, if there are any topics that you would like me to research or include, please send me an email at Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read our blog!

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    July 6, 2016 at 8:32 am

    The kitchen island crate is absolutely wonderful, and I love the hidden litter box! I feel like a house like this would make any pet happy.
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      July 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Totally agree! Plus, you get to keep the design of your home very seamless!

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    Groovy Goldendoodles
    July 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

    As we are about to embark on a huge remodeling project of my husbands parents home, there are three on your post that I must pin and try to incorporate. Thanks so much – this was impeccable timing for me.
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      July 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      So glad! I look forward to seeing pictures!

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    July 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Love everything except the kitchen island crate. 1) I don’t like my fur-babies in the kitchen because of the shed factor; it just seems to stick to the tiles making it difficult to sweep up. And 2) I think it is kind of mean to crate them in the kitchen while you are cooking because of the strong aromas! However lots of great ideals. I think I am going to tackle the hidden litter box for sure!

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    July 17, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I don’t like the kitchen crate idea. Yuck! Unsanitary. I like the bath idea, but in a mudroom. The hidden litter box I’ve done just by putting it in the existing bathroom cabinet. I do love the windows for dogs!

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    July 17, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I LOVE the looks of these, how ever, make sure you have tempered glass in the windows. I see way too many dogs that have attempted to go through windows. Also, make sure you are not setting up a bark fest because they can see out. That will annoy your neighbors and can really frustrate your dogs.

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    July 17, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I love these ideas. I have wished for years someone would incorporate pet beds, litter boxes, food storage, etc into the home design. I cant wait to see more. Dont forget birds. (Thought I would throw you a little challenge)

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      July 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Great idea Michelle! I will take a look at some ideas for birds! Wouldn’t it be great if these things became standard in home design? I could just see a realtor saying, “Here are the mouldings, and here is the hidden litter box”!

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    July 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Love the window ideas …. except would be too much nose-print cleaning for me!! 😉 Cat box drawer is awesome!!

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      July 20, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Hi Heidi! That is a good point! Rooney would definitely put some nose prints on those windows for sure!

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    sandra sullivan
    July 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    One suggestion I always make when owners are installing dog doors is to make sure the entrance and exit is off a hard surface –eg from paving outside, not lawn, and onto tiles etc inside not onto carpet. This gives the greatest chance of clean paws before your dog gets to a carpet area. Also you can have an outside dog kennel concealing the dog door (eg hole in back or side of kennel leads to dog door) to foil burglars.

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      July 20, 2016 at 5:06 am

      Thanks Sandra! I really like the idea of connecting the doggy door to a dog kennel! I bet burglars are probably a concern for many who have doggy doors.

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