Published at Thursday, March 21st, 2019 - 07:28:30 AM. Kitchen Room. By Adela Weber.
As more research emerged that nature can boost healthfulness, the idea of having a therapy garden at home has gained traction. How they look, smell, sound, and feel, and what theyre called beyond the umbrella “therapy” term—healing, meditative, spiritual, sensory, sanctuary, or pain management—varies to reflect specific client goals. But a universal goal unites them, according to Carole Aine Langrall, a Baltimore and Santa Fe–based master gardener whos designed many therapy gardens, including one for herself: “Frustration and fear can be replaced by tranquility and hope.”
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.
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