More Homes Come With 'Pet Suites'

December 29, 2015

More spaces are being carved out for pets today, and the trend is even inspiring new home designs.

More than half of U.S. households now own a pet, according to a survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Forty-five percent of those surveyed say they treat their pets like royalty, while 44 percent say they'd like to have a dog park within walking distance of their home.

"Pet suites" are a new feature more homebuilders are starting to offer in new homes. The suites are outfitted with dog wash areas, a bed, storage, and some even have a camera so that owners can check in on their pet when they're away from home. The pet suites range in prices from $1,500 to $16,000 and come either as an upgrade or added square footage within a floor plan. Pet suites are most likely to be located in an enlarged laundry room. 

Standard Pacific Homes in Sacramento, Calif., has a model that includes a pet suite within the laundry area but sectioned off by a high table. It includes a pet shower and cabinetry. Some builders are tucking the pet spaces under the stairs or other small nooks within a home. 

Source: “Increased Pet Ownership Inspires New Design Trends,” John  Burns Real Estate Consulting (December 2015)