Many new home builders are now paying attention to the needs of pets as they design new homes. If you are working with a home builder to design a new house for you and your family, consider talking with your builder about how you can design the house to meet the needs of your dog as well.

Here is a look at just a few of the fun features you should consider asking your builder and designer to add to your home:

1. Step-in wash station

If your pup doesn’t like to be taken to the groomers or if you just want to be able to easily wash him on your own, you need a step-in wash station. A step-in wash station features tile floors and walls, and it has a convenient handheld sprayer.

With this amenity in a new home, you never have to worry about washing your dog in the kitchen or main bathrooms again. If you ultimately decide to move and you don’t end up selling the house to another dog lover, the new owners can use the walk-in wash station for muddy kids. To make this transition easier, most new home builders put step-in wash stations in mudrooms or entryways.

2. Built-in automatic feeders

Many new home builders can also add places for your dog to snack. Pull out drawers fitted with food and water bowls make it easy to hide away the feeding area, and small shelves built into islands invite your pooch to join you for dinner.

3. Bunk beds or other cozy sleeping areas

Even if your dog regularly sleeps with you, built-in bunk beds and other cozy sleeping areas provide him with a spot to rest for naps during the day.

Talk with your home builder about where your pup typically likes to rest, and then, your home builder can find a way to discreetly and stylishly work that idea into your house.

4. French doors to dog runs

If you plan to have a dog run outside your home, make the doorway majestic by installing french doors. If you like, you can ask your home builder to combine all of the amenities above into a fancy dog suite, and the french doors can lead out of your dog’s suite into the yard.

The possibilities are endless, and some of the other features you may want to consider include shallow stairs that are easy for dogs to climb, secure automatic dog doors, built-in commercial pet dryers to use after baths and more. Talk with home builders like R.T. Simpson & Sons Pty Ltd to get more ideas about what features are possible and how they can be integrated into your new home’s design.