For more than a decade I have been writing for magazines about remodeling and construction, small business, home design and lifestyle. I live and work from my home near Rochester, N.Y.
“It all started with a pet door,” Sherry Gregor recalls.
She and her husband, Keith, wanted an easy way for Max, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and Gusto, a Cane Corso, to go outside their Cincinnati home. One thing led to another, and now the living room is the dogs’ bedroom, complete with raised beds, a deck and pool access, storage for toys and food and a treat dispenser.
The Gregors are not alone. According to a recent survey by Houzz.com — an online platform for design and remodeling — more than one-third of homeowners have done some pet-related remodeling in the last two years, including upgraded flooring and reconfigured room layouts....
If you're going to stay in the house for at least 15 years, you don't need to worry about getting a return on investment or ROI. But if you know you'll move in the next two to five years, you should know that some projects pay off more than others