Aside from having a space to call your own and the opportunity to build valuable equity, owning your own home means you're free to have your own pet. And, since new condo developments in Edmonton are known for their pet-friendly atmosphere, you know you'll be able to find an affordable new home both you and your four-legged friends can enjoy.
So, if you've been thinking of purchasing a new condo, here a few pet-friendly design ideas for you to consider.
1. Durable Flooring
Durable flooring is important for any pet owner. For example, vinyl and laminate are particularly good choices due to their durability. Your dog’s nails won’t scratch the floor as he walks around, and they're both easy to clean and maintain.
Consider having this type of flooring throughout the entire condo. Yes, it might be nice to have a warm carpet under your feet in the bedrooms, but you can warm things up with area rugs instead. Area rugs are also easily replaceable in the event of any accidents.
2. A Rear Patio or Balcony
Pets like the fresh air, and you can easily take them outside if you have a rear patio that opens up to walking trails and/or green spaces around the neighbourhood. But this doesn't mean you need to opt for a duplex or townhome. Modern apartment-style condos will include balcony areas that a cat or small dog is sure to enjoy.
Some people opt to use patches of fake grass on their patios. This is a bonus when you don’t want to go all the way outside in the winter months, but your little guy is telling you he has to go. Be sure to check with your developer regarding pets and condo bylaws to see if this is an option.
3. Room to Move
Speaking of outside, it's important to remember all pets need exercise. In fact, many people enjoy having pets as they help them lead a more active lifestyle. Here too, Edmonton winters aren't always the friendliest, so you'll want to ensure you have enough space for pet exercise inside the home as well. An open-concept floor plan is ideal for this, but make sure you don’t fill the space with too much furniture.
4. Built-in Pet Items
You may also want to consider having pet-designated areas. For instance, the cat litter box doesn’t have to be a big plastic thing sitting in the middle of the laundry room. There are stylish cat litter boxes tucked inside end tables that could be in the living room or bathroom.
Some pet owners also choose to include built-in areas for pet food and dishes - such as in the kitchen island. This way, there's no need to worry about your pet making a mess on the kitchen floor.
5. Bulk Storage
As you look at various layouts, you’ll also want to make sure you have adequate home storage for all pet-related items. Most people like the convenience and cost savings of buying pet food and litter in bulk, but not all condos have the storage space to keep these items out of sight. Look for a design that has a walk-in pantry or a large closet in the entryway for this reason.
You can also look for built-in storage in these areas to house leashes, collars, and other accessories so they're easily accessible when you need them.
In short, working with a good developer means you'll be able to choose the perfect model, floor plan, neighbourhood, and finishes for the ultimate pet-friendly environment. Get in touch with StreetSide to see how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your best friend.