We spend a lot of time talking about floors and fixtures and paint colors and messy kitchens and interior concrete popping up where you’d never expect it. Trends and budgeting are important, but sometimes you have to deviate and talk about something truly lighthearted and luxury – building a custom home Springfield, MO and designing it around your canine companions.

Our dogs have become equal members of our families, and it’s only natural that we’d want to make their lives in their new custom home as comfortable as possible. A National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that 81% of respondents would take their pets’ needs into account in considering housing!  

If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’re familiar with their affinity for all things noxious and dirty. If bathing them in the bathtub makes your heart sink, think about including a dog-washing station in your mudroom or garage when building a new home Springfield, MO. Clean dog, clean bathroom, mud and foul odors down the drain where they belong. You’ve probably also watched your precious pupper attack his or her food and water bowls with a veracity that almost can’t be believed, leaving puddles of soggy kibble and bowls miles away from where they started.  Think about an easy-to-clean, built-in, stationary feeding area that keeps things in their place.

Those are all rather functional, but if you want to really go over the top, what about an elevator to the second floor, based solely on your dog’s needs? Or a bedroom, for your puppy alone, complete with synthetic turf carpeting and a door to the outside? There are whole communities planned around dogs; think parades, parties, “yappy hours”, and butlers dedicated to your fur baby.  You’re only limited by your imagination and budget (and the puppy dog eyes).