Drool-Worthy Digs Designed Especially for Dogs

Spaces designed for playful paws, wagging tails and sweet, slobbery kisses. 

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March 06, 2017

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A Dog-Lover's Dream

No need for a trip to the kennel. Constructed by Washington, D.C.-based Four Brothers Carpentry, this built-in dog kennel and spa is located in a spacious mudroom that includes the family’s laundry facilities. Two comfy cages hold large dogs, while a bottom drawer reveals a hide-a-way bed for a tiny pooch.


What once was an underwhelming, lackluster mudroom was transformed by design deity Joanna Gaines. The result? A total pooch's paradise! JoJo outfitted the room with a canine-sized shower, lined with classic, white subway tiles. For a final charming touch, she used newspaper wallpaper to line the walls.

Custom Doggy Digs

HGTV designer Vern Yip gave HGTV Magazine a peek inside his dogs' room. Four plush beds line the walls, which feature playtime action shots in black and white. Above the photographs, Yip uses orange paint to pose the question, "Why wag a little when you can... WAG-A-LOT?"

Dog Treats in Glass Jars

Vern Yip's dog-room includes plenty of tennis balls and chic treat storage via glass canisters. The deep sink comes in hand for the occasional (inescapable!) muddy-paw-moments. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine

Couches for Canines

Sofas for dogs? Yep! For decades, furniture manufacturers have been offering everyday furniture scaled down to toddler scale, a size which is also ideal for small and medium breeds. So hit your local thrift store or consignment shop for an inexpensive, secondhand kids' sofa. Then have it reupholstered with pooch-friendly fabric.

Coastal Cottage

This breezy blue and white doggie cottage sits in the backyard of HGTV Dream Home 2016, located in Merritt Island, Florida. Its beachy charm and roomy interior make it the perfect place to rest your paws after a long day of sun and play. 

Stylish Storage (That Slides!)

Um, organization goals. This sleek, sliding storage cubby stores tons of tasty treats and keeps tug-of-war toys within paws' reach. 

Tufted Turf

Pretty poodles are pampered with an extra-luxurious hideaway, courtesy of Pineapple House Interior Design. Their spacious crate looks tidy and chic tucked beneath a glamorous bench and its matching, tufted-velvet statement wall. 

Mini Martha's Mansion

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts boasts the most stunning homes on the east coast, but none quite as charming as this mini mansion. Located a bone’s throw from HGTV Dream Home 2015’s back-patio, these doggie-dream-digs feature crisp white window trim, handsome shutters and loads of coastal character.

A Retro Trio

This yard boasts three times the cool with a trio of unique, retro-inspired dog houses. Even better? Cousins Undercover, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri designed each house with a personal pooch porch that grants pups optimal sunbathing opportunities.  

Hydrant Heaven

Vibrant-colored hydrants and a gigantic red bone set the tone for serious fun in the puppy play pad. 

Intimate Alcove

A secret space for the family fur-baby makes HGTV Dream Home 2014 all the dreamier for dog owners. The nook is outfitted in stylish white shiplap and offers plenty of space for an afternoon snooze!

Sleep + Play

Give your four-footed friends a cozy spot to sleep using a dismantled shipping pallet and plump cushion. The painted deck and iron patio chair add a splash of color to the pet-friendly outdoor living space.

Cozy Nook

White-washed wood and plush, coral pillows make for an especially relaxing landing spot for sleepy pups and owners alike. 

Pooch-Friendly Patio

Designer Kim Lewis created a pet-friendly porch, highlighted with pretty pops of color. The bohemian built-in bench serves as a comfy spot for owners to stop and smell the roses, while the dog beds beneath allow their pups to keep them company.
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Plaid Pup-Pad

If your dog appreciates preppy design, they will beg you to replicate this beauty by designer Brian Patrick Flynn. This plush, plaid escape is a seamless addition to a traditional living room and works double-time as a functional end table. What’s not to love? 

Kitchen Corner

Built-in pet areas are a growing trend in kitchen design. In this traditional space, a “dog house” with room for a bed is nestled under the countertop.

Modern Mountain Views

This pug scored big-time with a miniature replica of HGTV Dream Home 2011 — a modern, mountainside lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Designed by carpenter David Brown, this “Doggie Dream Home” is spacious enough for two small dogs and has a killer view from the master bedroom. 

Soaking Spot

Long days of playing fetch call for an adequate, aquatic cool-down! This tired pup finds some much-needed R+R on a tier of his family’s beautiful backyard waterfall.

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