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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-15-2006, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for Building a House

Ok we are about to start building a house.

I am putting in a room for the dogs. Not back by the laundry room, but off of the den. It will have glass doors so I can see in, and have a doggie door to outside. I will also put a big sink for bathing and a grooming area.

AND the house will have NO carpet! Not a spec of carpet in our house, thats the rule!

Does anyone have any other tips? Anything you wish you had or you would have done?

Im thinking wood floors now. Maybe the distressed ones so you cant see scratches?
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We have distressed wood floors and I love them. We just did an addition and remodel and the one thing I wish I had done, but didn't think of, was to put a 'wash area' in the dog room. We have a deep utility sink in our mud room but it's on the other side of the house. The dog room is between our kitchen and laundry room with doggy doors to the outside fenced yard. There is an area in part of that room with a black concrete floor. If I had been smarter, I would have put a drain in the floor right there with a shower head/hand held thingy on the wall above so I could just wash 'em right in their little room.
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I just recently built an addition to our house for the dogs. The dogroom is 16x22. They have a dogdoor that goes out onto a 16x40 covered veranda which is attached to a small fenced in yard that can be closed off from or open to about 1/4 acre of hardwoods, that's fenced in, with moss covered ground.
The veranda is really nice so that they have a place to go outside when it's raining. The fence on the long side of the veranda also serves as a part of the pasture fence, so we can pet dogs and horses at the same time.

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The drain is a great idea!
Im going to put one of those big farmers sinks in.

Still dont know what to put on the floor.
Tom, your room/area sounds like doggy heaven.
I never thought about the covered area for when it is raining.
Of course they would be out in the rain, Goldie would be out in a hurricane if she could.
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Cru does not like rain. He doesn't like to get his feet wet. Hmmm. The dogs do have a covered area in their yard, it's like a little minature barn that matches our big barns, but he would have to walk across wet grass to get there. I have to carry him on to the grass to potty if it's wet. He gives me a very dirty look when I do that, too.
Tom, sounds like you have a GREAT setup.
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A photographer friend gave us a 2x6 foot stainless steel sink. I put on one of the commercial kitchen faucets that you squeeze to shower the dogs with. Petedge sells a 2' wide plastic grating that's raised on a stainless steel frame that seems like it was made for our sink. On one end we can put various sized tubs to emerse the various sized dogs in to make sure they are soaked or rinsed well. Underneath the sink I built a cabinet that has huge drawers on ball bearing slides that hold gallons of shampoo and such, and another one that holds towels. Beside the sink is a washer and dryer.

We used a utility sink on raised legs for years. The new setup is a real pleasure to use.

We use a Oster dryer for the puppies and the big Edemco for larger dogs. The Edemco is a bit intimidating for a puppy but it saves a lot of time on the adults.

I tried to post pictures but they were too big.

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Melissa - we have the handscraped wood floors. They hide everything!!

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I used an industrial "moisture cure urethane" on our wood floors and have had no scratching problems from dogs in the 10 years we've had Havanese.

This stuff looks pretty interesting for the dogroom:
http://www.kieferfloors.com/store/sport_impact.html

We have the old standard square Armstrong tile that you see in hospitals and such now, but I would like something a bit softer, that also helps with noise.

I'm also trying to find more info on this stuff:
http://www.design4design.com/product...V=26514&page=1

There's also this stuff, but it's $15 a square foot for a large job like a barn:
http://www.abacussports.com/equinesystems.htm

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Very cool links Tom, love the stuff in the second one you posted.
We got our plans today, we only made a couple of changes. Made the dog room bigger and added a studio upstairs.

I was thinking tile in the dog room, but they may be slippery.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 09:21 AM
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I love tile...you have to keep the grout clean, but the dogs do fine on it!!
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