Design Ideas for Pet Owners

Design Ideas for Pet Owners

Last week the Wall Street Journal had an article about luxury home owners building and upgrading their homes to suit the needs of their pets. The article, In the Dog House: Pet-Friendly Luxury Design, with a subtitle: With pet ownership at an all-time high, builders and developers are pulling out the stops to please residents of the four-legged variety.

Steamboat Springs real estate for sale, dog
A chocolate lab sits outside of his Steamboat Springs, CO home.

I am all for making Fido and/or Kitty comfortable at home, and actually, a lot of the design ideas in the article are good ones. For instance, I like the idea of incorporating the dog’s bed, storage for dog toys and food bowls into built-ins.

Built-in cabinetry with cubbies for canine. (Photo credit:

Here in Dog Town, USA, our canine family members go just about everywhere with us. Yes, you read that right, Dog Fancy crowned our fair town Dog Town, USA this past fall stating, “Steamboat Springs is a mile-high mecca for dogs and their owners, embracing a love for canines in daily life and activities year-round.” Steamboat offers fantastic trails and open spaces perfect for exercising your dog, but come mud season these jaunts can be messy.

Does this photo need a caption?
For the love of mud!

This is when an in-home dog washing station would come in very handy. Like the terrazo one in the heated garage of this stunning Old Town mountain contemporary at 11 E. Spruce Street.

This Old Town home features a built-in dog washing station and heated window seats.

11 E. Spruce Street also features heated window seats next to the fireplace, perfect for keeping small dogs warm as they watch for visitors.

Telluride gold, buff sandstone
Heated window seats flank the gorgeous Telluride gold & buff sandstone fireplace.

Windows that go all the way down to the floor are nice for smaller dogs. Like the ones wrapping around the living area at 15 E. Spruce Street. Not to mention, this home’s yard is a dog’s dream – over 2 acres in the middle of Old Town (downtown), with Butcherknife Creek running through it and property backing to Stehley Park. What more could Fido want?

15 East Spruce Street, Steamboat Springs, CO
Abundant windows to the floor for the short-legged furry friends.

If the larger animal varieties are your preferred choice in furry companions, then take a peek at this picturesque 35-acre estate in Stagecoach just south of Steamboat Springs. Its beautiful grounds have been home to a working alpaca ranch but would be perfect for equestrians and artists alike.

35-acre property near Steamboat Springs, CO

Have you made upgrades or built your home’s design around your pets? If so, please share. If you would like to see any of these homes or other pet-friendly homes for sale here in Dog Town, USA, please contact me.



Charlie Dresen
Real Estate Associate Broker | Sotheby’s
Local Knowledge | Global Exposure | Defining Service
970-846-6435 |
610 Market Place Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487



Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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