Design Trend Going to the Dogs

Posted by RE/MAX of Boulder on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 9:51am.

Daily Camera At Home article by Realtor Laurie Kaufman, RE/MAX of Boulder
August 10, 2018

Here’s a “creature comfort” that keeps your home and the family pup clean while adding that something extra home buyers love: a dog wash. Having a dog wash in your home is becoming as common place as a powder room or upstairs laundry.

Homebuyers find value in features that make life easier. Any dog guardian knows, dogs love to get dirty on their daily hike or swim. My dog Kali loves rolling in “I don’t want to know what” when we are out at Cottonwood Trail and Coot Lake (the stinkier the better). When it comes to washing Kali, she whines and squirms like a two-year-old child during a temper tantrum when I wash her with ice cold water from the garden hose. Having a dog shower in my home is a much-needed convenience.

The demand is growing for designated showers for dogs in homes, reports the New York Times. For example, the national luxury home builder Toll Brothers offers a dog shower option for many of its home designs. Sign me up for this option! Kali won’t be too thrilled, but this guardian who provides her with two squares a day and a roof over her head sure will be.

Read on for tips on installing a dog wash station, suggested by

Installation Needs

Adding a dog wash is similar to installing a human-style shower or tub. You’ll need a general contractor or you can create the design yourself. Either way, plumbing is needed to drain the water and connect the fixtures. Tile installation is needed whether you opt for a free-standing tub or a more elaborate solution.

Shower or Tub?

Generally, step-in showers work best for big dogs. Elevated tubs make it easier for the homeowner to wash ergonomically, but work best for small dogs that can be lifted. Adding steps or a ramp to a raised tub can provide access for larger dogs. However, many dogs are afraid of steps and resist going up and down them. In a step-in design, an area for the dog guardian to sit can be included.

Handy Features

The goal is making dog washing as easy as possible. A flexible handheld shower head and wall clip for tying the dog during bath are musts. You’ll also want a shelf or cabinet to store supplies conveniently. To prevent slips, place a rubber mat in the tub and a nonslip rug on the floor. And, don’t forget the hook for towels and a rubber apron. You can expect to be the next one who will need a shower once your dog shakes off the water – to get you back for washing them with that smelly shampoo and conditioner. 

Custom Builds

New builds and remodels are the easiest way to add a dog washing station. Some dog wash rooms are as stylish as the master bathroom. From a ceramic tile-lined tub to a dog spa-shower, homeowners nationwide are jumping on this design trend.

In resale value, even if a prospective homeowner doesn’t have a dog, a dog wash can serve as a “gear” wash for outdoor enthusiasts and even kids’ sporting equipment. Or, designate this the kids’ shower when they are a muddy mess after outdoor activities like soccer practice or mountain biking at Valmont Bike Park. 

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RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Laurie Kaufman has lived in Colorado for 20 years and began her real estate career in 1999 when she purchased her first investment property. Having grown up in Michigan, she attended college in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated with a degree in media communications. Laurie earned her master’s degree in counseling while managing a portfolio of residential properties in Boulder County for a local investor. Laurie's extensive real estate experience and knowledge coupled with her background in counseling and communications make her uniquely skilled at helping her clients navigate the home buying or home selling process.

In her spare time, Laurie enjoys attending CU-Boulder sporting events and often sees films and performances at the Dairy Arts Center. Besides real estate, Laurie’s passion is helping animals in need. Laurie donates a portion of her home sales to a number of organizations such as Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Longmont Humane Society, and Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue where she adopted her sweet black Labrador, Harley.

Feel free to call Laurie for a friendly chat about real estate at (303) 579-3738, email, or visit





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