Published at Thursday, April 04th, 2019 - 14:57:37 PM. Home Decoration. By Adal Meier.
Home layouts can also be optimized so animals can comfortably hang out with their human owners. Spring Creek Designs Smutko found that she and her husband were constantly needing to walk around their 60-pound German shepherd, Tess, in the kitchen. When the firm redesigned the room, she requested a larger aisle between the work island and sink. “We wanted Tess to be with us, but without being stepped on,” she says. She selected a hard quarter-sawn floor that would withstand Tesss claws. Technology and internet-enabled products can also help. Smart cameras and lights allow homeowners to keep tabs on pets and ensure theyre comfortable when alone in the house. New electronic collars can activate pet doors so that homes remain secure. Winter Park, Fla., architect, builder, and licensed interior designer Phil Kean incorporated that technology when he designed the New American Home in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders. He also used an artificial turf called K9Grass that is designed specifically for dogs and eliminates the challenge of muddy paws and dead spots on the lawn.
Find out about other transportation options. Some buyers happily hop on a bus or take a subway, especially if a stop is near their home. Others will rent a Zipcar or take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. Make sure you fully understand whats available on a regular basis and the average costs to use each service to help buyers gauge all expenses versus owning, insuring, and parking their own car. And just because the neighborhood is dense doesnt mean you should assume these options exist. Downtown Albuquerque may be walkable, but Beecher says there are few car-sharing options and a lack of reliable public transportation.
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