According to an article by the National Association of REALTORS®, ‘Barkitecture’ is a new home design movement that prioritizes property features that create comfortable and stylish spaces for humans and their four-legged friends. While a fenced-in yard is a no-brainer, ‘barkitecture’ takes it a few steps FURther… Before I get to the trends, did you know I have an easy way for you to search for homes with fenced-in yards? Start your search here.
Pet-Friendly Home Features
Images courtesy of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery
‘Barkitecture’ is all about making your pets king of the castle while also adding design elements that are pleasing for humans too. Some of the top ‘barkitecture’ design features are:
- Dog-washing stations in mud rooms
- Hidden food and watering stations in the kitchen island
- Under-counter refrigerators for fresh foods
- Special kitchen cabinetry to store food and treats
- Dog-friendly hand showers and attachments
- Custom-made furniture
- Luxurious pet lounges
See more photos and ideas at NAR.Realtor.
Let’s Talk About the Effect on Property Value
The good news is, incorporating more pet-friendly features throughout your home can add value and interest to a property and perhaps improve the odds of a sale. According to National Association of REALTORS® data, 43% of households in 2020 indicated they’d be willing to move to better meet their pets’ needs.