A Durable, Dog-Friendly Den

Inspired by their dog, a dynamic duo turns a cluttered basement and porch into a pet-friendly play room.

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Cluttered and Cramped

In its existing state, the basement was covered in wall-to-wall carpet, had poor lighting and was used as a place for things that seemed to accumulate over time.

A Basement for the Trio

Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.

Custom Shelving

Determined to put dead space to good use, the homeowners had custom-built bookshelves installed behind the basement's spiral staircase. To keep this portion of the project budget-friendly, the couple opted to have the shelves built from stain-grade plywood at $28 per 4-by-8-foot sheet, then use 1-by-2-inch poplar trim as the fascia for the front at $1.12 per linear foot.

Smart Storage Solutions

To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.

Bentley's Belongings

Inside the drawers of the vintage console, the homeowners keep extra leashes, bones and lint brushes, stored neatly and out of Bentley's reach.

A Drafting Area

Since Williams needs a place to draft his landscape designs, he and Landers picked up a 1950s drafting table from a vintage store, selected mostly for its small scale and proportion. The table is a perfect fit because the base and coordinating stool are made of metal, which prevents Bentley from chewing.

Detailed Upgrades

Landers and Williams decided to upgrade their retail-store drum pendant by using a hot glue gun to attach blue and grey decorative trim around its perimeter.

Adding Space

With space at a premium, it was important to use every inch of the den to its capacity. The steel tanker desk, which was updated with a powder-coated steel blue finish, came with two extra pullout work surfaces that double the amount of desk space.

Functional Flooring

Originally, the pet owners envisioned the remodeled den having hardwood floors, but the cost for materials and installation would have been more than $2,000. Instead, they opted for vinyl plank flooring, a much more durable and maintenance-free option, which cost a total of $425 including installation. Since vinyl is easy to clean with a sponge and hot, soapy water, it's not a big issue should Bentley have an accident in the den.

Extra Stylish Lighting

After their fabric drum pendant was installed, more light was needed, particularly for the space over the drafting table. To add extra lighting without incurring extra electrical costs, they chose a smoked glass stylish pendant that was attached to the ceiling with a swag hook, thereby avoiding pricy and laborious hardwiring.

Dog-Friendly Draperies

While the majority of the den is dark and made up of different shades of brown, the space was lightened and brightened with blue and white geometric draperies. Made from durable, easy to clean indoor/outdoor fabric, the draperies can resist any messes Bentley may create.

Walls that Wow

To give the walls and ceiling new life, vinyl crocodile print was used to effectively wrap the entire room with texture. The couple installed three letter-shaped coat hooks near the door to the garage to hold their jackets as well as Bentley's leashes.

A Porch for the Pooch

One of the biggest issues with the porch in its existing state was the unattractive air-conditioning unit. To keep the air-conditioning unit hidden from view, the contractor created a hanging partition from pressure-treated 2-by-4-inch boards as well as lattice and pressure-treated plywood cut into the shape of a bone and painted red. The floor of the covered porch was updated with a roll of faux turf. To cut the faux turf to size, all that was required was a utility knife.

Doggie Windows

Once the porch fence was completed, the homeowners decided to have their contractor use a circular saw to cut three rectangles directly into the fence, then inset clear acrylic fastened to the fence with screws and pressure-treated 1-by-2-inch pine trim. This created fence windows for Bentley to peek outside at the yard.

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