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Is your outdoor living space designed with your pet’s enjoyment in mind?

Dayton outdoor living with pets“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
— Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, we strive to design and build outdoor living spaces that can be enjoyed by every member of your family. This includes the four-legged members and special pets that are also a huge part of your family! According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA), it’s estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. There are also millions of US households that own birds, rabbits and other unique and exotic pets.

Pet friendly outdoor living spaces encourage good healthSpending time with our pet(s) is not only relaxing, it has been shown to improve our health! An article published by WebMD points out that your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. This is because dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you if you already have heart problems. Studies indicate that heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets. stroking, or petting, your pet can lower your blood pressure and help your body release a relaxation hormone, and it reduces levels of a stress hormone. Taking into consideration all the ways pets improve our lives, from both an emotional and physical standpoint, it only makes sense that the outside of our homes should be as conducive to spending time with them as the inside!Cat Friendly outdoor living spaces

During our design consultations, it is not uncommon to be greeted by a friendly dog or two at the door or see a cat peeking at me from around a corner or napping in a sunny spot nearby. Since most of our  clients count at least one animal as a member of their family, it only makes sense to give them some thought when you are designing your new outdoor living project. You may be surprised by exactly how many Archadeck customers incorporate pet-friendly design details into their custom outdoor space.

Dog and kid on deck

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has customized many outdoor structures to make them more pet-friendly. This includes fabricating the rails of a deck closer together to ensure pet safety, installing gates to keep pets safe and sound, pet access doors and using pet screen such as SCREENEZE.  As a SCEENEZE stocking dealer we have upgraded screening available that better resists tearing as opposed to traditional screen. Another feature we often implement into our outdoor room designs to make them more pet-friendly is using a solid kneewall rail to eliminate screens on the lower part of the porch wall, altogether. Just listen to this testimonial from our customers whom we built a screened porch with their beloved parrot in mind…

If you are in search of the perfect outdoor living space for your family, including your furry friends, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our custom designs are the cat’s meow!  You can reach us at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”