Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/ Standard Pacific Homes, A.G. Photography, Anthony Gomez). This May 13, 2014 photo provided by A.G. (AP Photo/ Standard Pacific Homes, A.G. Photography, Anthony Gomez). This May 13, 2014 photo provided by A.G.
(AP Photo/ Standard Pacific Homes, A.G. Photography, Anthony Gomez). This May 13, 2014 photo provided by A.G. (AP Photo/ Standard Pacific Homes, A.G. Photography, Anthony Gomez). This May 13, 2014 photo provided by A.G.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

    Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:37:11 GMT
    Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.
    Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.
  • Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:30:47 GMT
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
  • Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

    Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:30:42 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
    It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a...
By SUE MANNING
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs.

Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.

The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television set.

Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners. Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.

"Devotion to pets is second-to-none," he added. "They are family."

The American Pet Products Association reports that 68 percent of Americans own pets and contribute to an industry worth more than $55 billion annually.

Real estate officials say building homes designed to cater to pets is a new concept, but that remodels for pet owners have been available for some time.

Adam Cowherd Construction in Ozark, Missouri, installs pet-friendly additions to homes. Cowherd said he recently finished a job where there was an open shelf on the end of a kitchen island to hold pet bowls.

"Owners want it uniquely functional, very contemporary and something that catches the eye," Cowherd said.

However, only once in the last 10 years has he been asked to build a whole room for a pet, he added.

Melanie Dean lives with her family near Dallas in a Standard Pacific home with a pet package for their dog, Lola.

Lola's room "makes life much easier," Dean said. "We don't have to use the kitchen sink to wash yucky stuff anymore."

Standard Pacific Homes' newest community, called Avignon at Blackstone in Brea, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, features homes that start at $710,000. The pet spa option adds $35,000 to the price, Lake said.

Only the largest suite is available in Brea, but in some of the other communities, there are smaller sizes and prices, starting at 60 square feet for $8,000, he said.

During some of the model grand openings at different communities, several potential buyers brought their dogs to look at the homes, said Danielle Tocco, the company's director of communications.

Around 70 percent of those looking for a home have pets, said Mollie Carmichael, principal at the John Burns Real Estate Consulting firm in Irvine.

Pet adoptions were also held at some model grand openings, Tocco said, just in case somebody didn't have a dog but wanted one.

For cat owners, things can be rearranged and swapped out, like a scratching post for the dryer. And if no one is using the bath, it can be used for sporting equipment, like golf clubs.

Those looking to sell their homes may find their pet additions to be a benefit.

Laundry rooms and mud rooms toward the back of homes are popular, said Amy Bohutinsky, chief marketing officer at Seattle-based Zillow. Pet washrooms can also be used as multipurpose mud rooms, which may attract buyers.

___

Online:

- www.standardpacifichomes.com

- www.adamcowherdconstruction.com

- www.zillow.com

- www.realestateconsulting.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Lufthansa cancels another day of Tel Aviv flights

    Lufthansa cancels another day of Tel Aviv flights

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:46:10 GMT
    Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns.
    Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns.
  • Plane crashes in bad weather in Taiwan, killing 51

    Plane crashes in bad weather in Taiwan, killing 51

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:01:26 GMT
    A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.
    A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.
  • New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers

    New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:07:29 GMT
    A senior army official said Wednesday that the leader of Thailand's ruling junta is allowed to serve as interim prime minister under a new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping...
    Thailand's new temporary constitution allows the leader of the ruling junta to become interim prime minister and gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, a senior...