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Bonus spaces go to the dogs

Some bonus spaces are planned with pets in mind. Chip Greth, Jr., general contractor and owner of Innovative Kitchens and Baths partnered with Lifestyle Design in the greater Philadelphia area to remodel a high-end laundry room that includes a pet washing station. The team won a Northeast Regional CotY award for the project.

“Our clients had two English boxers that they wanted to keep contained in the kitchen and laundry room areas,” Greth says. To accommodate their client’s beloved pets, Greth and his partners converted a half car garage into the laundry room and added a small bump-out addition. In addition to a new laundry area, the room featured a 5×3-foot dog shower, complete with a shower wand, and custom cabinetry that could store laundry detergents and pet supplies.

The homeowners didn’t want it to look like a shower, so Greth installed louvered doors in front of it to mimic the look of a closet. Slate-look porcelain tile, known for its high style, easy maintenance and durability, dressed up the floor in the space. “This was the finest laundry room we’ve ever done,” Greth says.