Sunday, November 01, 2009

Home Projects

Project ONE...

With the arrival of Winter we needed a warm shelter for the pups to stay in while we are at work during the day. They can't be trusted in the house yet, and it's too cold to leave them in the outside kennel - even with the igloo dog house.

Here is what we came up with: The furnace room in the basement has a window that is under the deck - on the section of patio that we made into an outdoor kennel. We put a doggie door in half the window so they can go from indoor kennel to outdoor kennel.

We then gated off 1/2 the furnace room and doggie proofed the walls with brick paneling & the floor with tile. Next we (when I say "we" it really means my sweetie) built steps for the dogs to safely access the window with.

They can speedily (white lightening) go in and out, and we can close gates on the outdoor kennel and/or indoor kennel as needed. I think they like to lay on (or probably wrestle on) the window sill and top shelf during the day, but they have plenty of floor space to play as well. We still need to paint the top walls...
Project TWO...
There is one unfinished room in the basement that I have been using for storage. We are going to finish it into a craft/sewing room. We have taped off the areas that will be cupboards and counter tops...
Hopefully I can show an update of this project before too long! Cool, huh!

11 comments:

Cathy K said...

Blogger ate my last comment, so here I go again. LOVE your clever solution to the furkid play area. And your studio-to-be looks like it's going to be huge and airy. I'm looking forward to seeing it develop! Hugs, Cat

Naturegirl said...

Cat how loved and lucky are these dogs! The thought that went into making their day fun and safe!! I am so impressed..but then you are a creative spirit!
Loved that last two stiched items!!
hugs

Gerry said...

Awesome play area for your furbabies! I love the protective covering for the upper levels. And the window. Nice, nice job.

WOW - what a studio space to die for! I think I remember that room, don't I? Of course it didn't look that big before. Must have been the storage. LOL.

Rebag said...

Oh my....Love the area for the dogs....they are sooo lucky and I bet they love it too.... your to be craft area is gonna be awesome! I cant wait to see updates!!

Linda said...

Those must be the luckiest pups ever!!!

Judy Hartman said...

This is more than cool, Cat.
What a wonderful thing to do for your pups!
They are indeed lucky!

Shopgirl said...

This is so wonderful, they are so loved and you care for them in such a special way. Our Mattie Anne and LB live in the house with us. Our barn is to cold for them so they sleep in their bed together. And Baxter joins in sometimes if they give him space.
I guess you could say they too have it made.
I can't wait to show Arney what you are doing.
Hugs, Mary

Werna Gail said...

I really liked that last bit of art work, and your new craft area is going to be wonderful. Not sure who is more blessed, you or the pups with their new space.

Phyllis said...

What a great place for them to stay while you're at work!!

I love your previous stitchery too :) Hope you have a good weekend!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Cat, you are such a good doggy mommy! I love this!!! What a cool idea. I'm sure the pups are thrilled to pieces with their new playroom!...Can't wait to see the sewing room!!! Hugs, Paulette ;)

Bethel of Bethania said...

Woow your fur babies will love their new playroom I'm usre & hopefully be a little tuckered out by the time you get home with the running up & down the shelves/walkways entertaining themselves...
You craft room will be lovely too... looks like nice big benches too... B