Given the unusual amount of time spent at home over the last year, an increasing number of families are bringing home new furry little friends to keep company with. And, if you just so happened to be building (or designing) your dream home, it’s important to consider how your new family member will impact your new home. With that in mind, here are the best house designs for man’s best friend:

Dog Wash Station

A dog wash station rightly earns the first place on our list. Having a separate place to bath, clean, and groom your furry child will save you the heartache of a dirty kitchen, bathroom, and well, entire house. In your dog wash station, consider including a bath tub with spray hose and storage cabinets for cleaning supplies and toys. Here you can also house their kennel or crate to keep it out of the way.

Doggy Door

Doggy doors might not be anything new, but today’s high tech options are. Electronic doors connect to sensors on dog collars to only allow passage for your pet, while others provide double insulation and heavy duty protection from pests and bugs. Doggy doors aren’t simply doggy doors anymore- they’re so much more.

Built-In Dining

In your new kitchen, consider the addition of built-in cabinets for your pups’ water and food bowls. You can create this space at the end of an island or bottom of the kitchen cabinets. These seamless designs keep the bowls tucked away to prevent eye sores, and more practically.. tripping.

If you welcomed a new furry friend home recently and are building/renovating a home, include your pup in the planning. If you do, we guarantee you’ll save yourself time, money, and inconvenience, while giving your dog the best home he could ever ask for!