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Developer offering homes build with a pet suite

A private room just for the dog!
A private room just for the dog!
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The Denver Post and Newsday.com posted articles sharing Standard Pacific Homes is the first homebuilder in their industry constructing models that offer a pet suite as an optional amenity. The builder is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California.

Their 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-size 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.

Standard Pacific 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." Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.

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

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."

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.

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 Chicago-based Zillow. Pet washrooms can also be used as multipurpose mud rooms, which may attract buyers.

Source: "Pets' Amenities Rising Trend for Homebuilders," Associated Press (July 17, 2014) and Newsday.com

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