Homeowners love their pets and they also love a great design! We are increasingly being asked to design a floor plan with their pets in mind. Pet friendly designs in the kitchen, laundry room, mudroom and even outdoor spaces such as rooftops are increasingly popular. Here are a few remodeling ideas to get you started. Kitchen: if you have a small or medium sized pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating station. Perhaps under the island, to create a stylish place for food and water bowls. Or use a large lower cabinet, remove the door and create a convenient, comfortable spot for a cozy bed. If your pet is a messy eater, keep the feeding station away most of the foot traffic. Water spills can be hazardous, but please remember to keep fresh water accessible all the time. Feeding stations for larger pets may be better suited for the laundry room or mudroom. Maybe turn an alcove under the steps into a nice little nook for Fido. If you have a separate laundry room, or mudroom, a convenient station for your larger pet can be under a boot bench. When storing your pet gear, look for opportunities to stash pet toys in a basket. Store pet food in a large glass container, instead of it’s regular packaging and you won’t mind the nibbles being on display. Homeowners are also adding pet washing stations in their laundry/mudrooms. An enclosed tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths, or simply a paw washing station. For you own custom design call us at Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We would love to design a custom spot for YOUR Spot! We can handle the carpentry, tiling, plumbing etc. The best handyman in St. Louis!! We make YOUR space a better place! 314-307-8355
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Loose or broken floor tiles can be tricky. I hope you saved a few extra tiles so that one can be replaced if it gets broken. First you will need to remove the bad one. Use a hammer to break it up. (Be sure to wear safety goggles) Cover the area with an old towel so that the chips will be contained. Once the tile is broken into pieces, begin using a scraper to get all of the tile, grout and mortar out of the area. You will then use new mortar to set the new tile. Be sure to let the tile dry and set for a minimum of 24 hours. During this time make sure no one steps on it. (block off the area) Once the tile mortar is set you are ready to grout. Be sure to follow the directions on the grout, don’t use too much water, this can cause it to crack in a short period. Mix the grout and wait for a short period before mixing again. Then apply the grout. It is a good idea to use an old paint brush and wipe the area around the tile with a small amount of water, so that when the new grout is applied the dry areas surrounding it don’t take the moisture out of the grout. Again, keep the area blocked off for at least 24 hours. That should do the trick. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repair, you can always call on us here at Andy’s Home and Business
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