Designing a Pet Friendly Condo Home

Designing a Pet Friendly Condo Home

Things to Consider When Living In A Condo With Pets

It’s the end of the holiday season and we’ve successfully gotten through thanksgiving, the holidays and new year’s, congratulations!  As we put away the decorations, try to plug into those post-holiday diet resolutions, get back into that groove you left at work, or get ready to go back to school it seems like everyone is settling back into their regularly scheduled programming. But the holidays for many is a time when new loved ones are introduced into the family.

Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, lizard or hamster, many families in the city are made up of more than just two-legged members!  In an urban environment, how can we not only accommodate, but thrive, with our furry family members?

Pets can be messy. Find ways to keep things neat and tidy.

Thankfully the same technologies that are making our lives easy to organize (I’m talking about you Alexa), are also making it easier to keep our homes clean. A smart vacuum is one of the easiest ways to keep the floors free of pet hair and dander between bigger cleans.  Usually, you can program them to operate while you are not at home,  so you don’t have to worry about hearing it or stepping on it. You might also discover that your cat loves sitting on them while they go about their business cleaning the floors.  That’s just an added benefit for you Instagram stories.

Pets are kind of like babies.

If you have a pet that uses a litterbox, a pee-pad, or that lives in an enclosure that has woodchips or hay on the bottom, having a diaper genie is lifesaving. It will lock away odors between smaller cleanings and ensure your pet has a happy and healthy place to live. It will also help keep the room that it’s in free of any unwanted pet smells, which is important if you are short on space and the enclosure or litter box is part of the main living space.

Select materials that last and hide wear.

If you’re purchasing a new home and you know that you are going to have pets, selecting a floor that is mid-toned (not too light or dark), will help hide regular wear-and-tear better then very light or very dark finishes. Selecting a flooring with a matte or slightly textured finish on it will also help with nail marks, especially if you have a larger dog.

Find an easy place to hide the toys, treats, food, etc.

There is a lot of paraphernalia with pets, so having a place to stash things when you want to tidy up is important. A coffee table or ottoman with built in storage is a great solution.  Just another strategy borrowed from designers with expertise in tidying up after kids.

Buy quality over quantity.

Not all pet products are designed or made equally.  Getting a dog bed, cat tree or litter box that is both stylish and well made, will ensure that it works better and blends in seamlessly with the design of your new space.

Pets are an integral part of the family for many Torontonians.

Whether your home comes with a yard or a view of the skyline from 30 stories up, pets present an unique set of challenges. That’s true whether or not you’re a new or seasoned dog or cat parent.  But a little planning can go a long way to ensuring your furry family members can successfully share your home.

Jim Stoops

Director, Design Services

Jim believes in ignoring the rules and creating spaces that are personal and tailored to the client.  His design style leans toward layered, saturated spaces with an identifiable history. His pro-tip: In small, open concept spaces, make the kitchen as seamless and integrated as possible.