Pet-Friendly Home Features: Designing Your Knoxville Home with Pets in Mind

Pet-Friendly Home Features: Designing Your Knoxville Home with Pets in Mind

Knoxville is filled with pet lovers, meaning more homeowners are looking to build homes perfect for their furry friends. At Red Door Homes, we know that your pet is a loved central part of your family. Here are some of our best tips on designing a pet-friendly custom home that meets all your needs.

Pet-Friendly Features

There are several things you can add around your home to make it more comfortable for your pet. Here are some of our favorites:

Built-in Pet Beds and Crates

Nothing says “home” to your pet quite like a cozy spot to curl up in. Custom built-in beds and crates can be designed to fit seamlessly into any room, providing a private space for your pets without sacrificing style or floor space.

These beds not only spoil your pet but also keep your home organized and stylish. Consider incorporating these into the family room, under staircase nooks, or even in a sunny corner of your kitchen.

Pet Washing Stations

If you’ve ever had to chase a muddy dog through your home, you know the importance of having a spot to clean them up in before they romp all over your clean floors. Installing a pet washing station in the mudroom or garage can be a game changer.

Make sure you equip these stations with hand-held sprayers, sturdy tiles, and soft towels to make bath time convenient and contained.

Feeding Stations

Built-in feeding stations can significantly enhance your kitchen or utility room, as well as feeding time for Fido. These stations help keep feeding areas tidy and can be designed to hide bowls when not in use. This setup also prevents spills and keeps meal areas isolated from main foot traffic zones.

Food and Toy Storage

A well-organized home is a happy home, especially in a pet-inclusive one. Custom cabinetry can be built to store pet food, leashes, toys, and grooming supplies. Having special cabinets for organization not only keeps things neat but also makes pet care items easily accessible.

Outdoor Play Areas

Dedicating a portion of your yard to pet play can be a fantastic way to encourage exercise and fun. Consider installing features like agility equipment for dogs or a secure cat patio (catio) that lets your feline friends enjoy the outdoors without the risks of roaming free.

Flooring Options for Pet Owners

When you have pets, you know how hard they can be on your flooring. From dirt and grime from the yard to sharp claws, your floors can take a beating. That’s why it’s important to consider your flooring options when building your custom home.

Durability and Comfort

The right flooring makes all the difference in a pet-friendly home. Materials like ceramic tiles, luxury vinyl, and high-quality laminate are excellent choices as they are durable, easy to clean, and less prone to damage from claws and accidents.

These flooring options also come in various styles and colors, so they don’t just stand up to wear and tear but also complement your home’s overall aesthetic.

Style Considerations

Choosing pet-friendly flooring doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style! Modern flooring is designed to mimic the look of natural wood or stone, offering elegance without the vulnerability to scratches and stains associated with softer surfaces.

Talk to your custom home builder to discuss pet-friendly flooring options available to you.

Pet Safety Features

Nothing is more important than safety in your home! Make sure you consider these factors to keep your home safe for both you and your furry friend.

Fencing and Outdoor Safety

A fenced-in yard makes a safe space for your pets to explore and play. Consider materials and designs that offer durability and security without blocking views.

Whether it’s a classic wood fence or a more modern iron option, make sure it is tall enough to keep your adventurous pets from hopping over and resilient enough to withstand all weather conditions.

Indoor Hazards

The inside of your home needs to be pet-proof against potential dangers. Make that all your plants are non-toxic to animals and hide small objects that could be swallowed. Cabinets containing cleaning supplies or medications should also have child-proof locks to keep curious paws out.

Landscaping Considerations

When planning your garden, choose plants that are safe for pets and consider softer, paw-friendly ground covers like buffalo grass or clover that are easy on their feet.

Make sure you avoid using harmful pesticides or herbicides that could harm your pet, and look for natural alternatives to keep your outdoor space as pet-friendly as possible.

Pet Technology

Yes, even pets can enjoy the benefits of smart technology. Here are some of the most popular ways technology is making pet parents' lives easier.

Smart Pet Doors

Technology has simplified pet care significantly. Smart pet doors, for example, can be programmed to recognize your pet’s microchip or a special collar tag, allowing them to go in and out while keeping the house secure.

This technology makes sure that only your pets have access to your home, and prevents wild animals and strays from entering.

Health and Activity Monitors

Consider integrating pet health and activity monitors into your home. These devices can help you keep track of your pet’s fitness, eating habits, and even their whereabouts within your home. This is especially helpful for elderly pets or pets with special needs.

Final Thoughts

Designing a pet-friendly home is all about incorporating features that cater to the unique needs of your pets while maintaining the style and integrity of your home’s design. Whether it’s choosing the right flooring or installing a custom pet washing station, every detail counts in creating a comfortable and safe environment for your furry friends.

Red Door Homes is ready to make your dream home (for you and your pets) a reality. Reach out today to learn more about how we can help you build.


What are the most important pet-friendly features to consider when building a new home?

Durability, safety, and cleanliness should be your top priorities. Think about easy-to-clean surfaces, secure outdoor spaces, and integrated pet care stations.

How can I make sure the materials I choose are safe for my pets?

Look for non-toxic materials and finishes, especially for flooring and any surfaces your pet may come into frequent contact with. Always double-check plant choices and other small details pets might access.

Are there specific pet-friendly upgrades that are particularly popular in Knoxville?

Outdoor play areas and mudroom washing stations are highly sought after in Knoxville due to the area's great outdoor opportunities and variable weather.

Can pet-friendly features increase the resale value of my home?

Absolutely! Many homebuyers are pet owners themselves and will appreciate these thoughtful additions, potentially increasing interest and value in your property.


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