DOG DESTACADA 300x138 Dog Feeding Station: Yellow Brick Home Review

Dogs are –in most of the cases- the first pet in American households, and in most of the cases are consider family members. While some have dogs for companion purposes, safety reasons, or just for fun motives, dogs are not only an unconditional love source but also a connection to nature in the sense that get the best of humankind and compassion.

Dogs are far relatives of wolfs, which are well-known for being strong canines, that even though they like to haunt in groups, wolfs are recognized for its self-determining sense of leadership and self-sustainment. Through the eras human race and this creatures began to establish alliances where, both parts benefit and work as a team. As you see, nowadays, we are not that far from that ancient agreement, they provide and we provide.DOG 2 300x300 Dog Feeding Station: Yellow Brick Home Review

I personally love dogs, and at FinishBuild I have had the opportunity of writing about what are best flooring options materials, which are the best and new dog bed accommodations and now, I would like to share ideas regarding dog feeding stations. When it comes about best man’s friend, spoiling is a natural habit that most of us develop when we establish a solid connection. So, whether is buying a cool rubber toy, food snacks, or a nice bed cushion, there are always more in order to spoil these little fellows. I happen to own three dogs, each one of them come from separate families and two of them were rescued. Even though they are not inside home or an apartment, they are very attached to every single member of our family.

DOG 3 300x300 Dog Feeding Station: Yellow Brick Home ReviewWhen it comes about feeding our dogs, we have managed to do it outside in order to avoid messy or spill situations. Nevertheless, they all have its own personal bowl when lunch-time arrives. It is very cool to see, how repetition has helped my dogs to recognize which spot is their own. You can make you dogs eat in any place you virtually have imagined. Patience is vital to train your dogs, therefore in case you happen to have them inside your house you can also make it happen. Choosing a spot is very important, with dogs you cannot swing between spots. In order to learn, dogs must own a permanent feeding spot. This is precisely when spoiling and creativity get together. Dog feeding stations are an original way of setting your dog’s spot, so whether is installed in a customized island kitchen or even in an assembled kitchen drawer, we can always find a way to add a dog feeding station.

DOG 4 300x300 Dog Feeding Station: Yellow Brick Home ReviewYellow Brick Home on its blog offers a very interesting alternative, not to mention creative, regarding a dog feeding station for a DIY project. This project embraces the idea of founding a functional dog feeding place in a corner with bowls, subsequently assembled in plywood boards into a personalized corner. It is important to mention that ergonomics plays a vital role for dog comfort, since they do not have to bend over, Jack and CC definitely notice the difference.

Let’s take a look of plywood, this material has a lot to offer when it comes to modular additions inside the house, due to the fact that sizes are unlimited and thickness can fluctuate, you can find just the one your project might require. In the case of a dog feeding spot, plywood boards do not have to be too thin. In the case of the corner yellow brick home panels are 2 – 1″ (2′ x 2’/each).

What I personally enjoy as part of FinishBuild team, is that this article besides offering me a well-specified review -about the materials and tools used in the project- also teaches me how to do it in such an easy way that, I almost believe I could do it myself.

Another important fact that I also consider important to mention is that empathy is key in order to really catch the attention. People need to feel there’s more outside, that there are people who cares about the same things you feel passionate by.When I started to seek for creative ideas for FinishBuild news, Yellow Brick Home came up with its genuine touch which I found charming, however what really got me was the fact that they love dogs as much as me, and this was what actually kept me reading. Since my dogs live outside home I have come with some suggestion in case any other dog lover might want to apply this Yellow Brick Home idea but in an outdoor area.

Dog Feeding Station: What to take into account for an Outdoor Plan

  1. DOG 1 300x300 Dog Feeding Station: Yellow Brick Home ReviewIn the case you might want to use leftovers for any other occasion or even weak fixing, I suggest you to try with 3/4″ panels. In addition since this structure might be in contact to harsh nature elements, I think it would be cool if this corner dog feeding station is built in a solid compacted way, as a corner box addition.
  2. Dog bowls can vary and play some nasty tricks in the installation process, therefore I believe is very important to measure and double check this holes in the plywood boards. On the other hand, if you really want to be sure of the bowls fitting in, when drawing them in the plywood leave a small space between the guideline and cut it around. This, in the case you use other materials such as Laminate flooring products can actually be useful, since temperature influences in decreasing and increasing boards, there would be no troubles with your dog’s bowl.

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At FinishBuild we always keep the eye on those partners that are always aiming to make us feel loved. Dogs are a significant part of American homes when it comes to own a pet, and for this reason we value them as a family member. While some homeowners opt for small breeds, others decide to go big owning larger dogs. But when it comes to bedtime, some owners might let these companions to crush in their sofa, while others provide them a cozy dog bed.

You might be surprise on how frequent society spoil their dogs in order to provide them a warm and sometimes luxurious relaxation area. FinishBuild is happy to explore and share a more detailed approach what are nowadays bed options but also unique designs for puppies.

Side Bed for Dogs: The woof side of comfort

Dogs nose friendly materials

According to  Randy Kidd, in “Sniffing out the source of our dogs’ remarkable ability to smell” article, the canine sense of smell and his collection of scents is, after all, at least hundreds of times and perhaps more than a million times more accurate and more expansive than humans. Dog noses collect scents by air-scenting (sniffing volatile oils that are traveling in the air) and sniffing the ground. A dog’s nose is ideally made for sniffing. When a dog sniffs, he inhales the scented chemicals into his nasal cavities, where they are trapped in mucus and processed by the sensory cells. Expiration forces air out the side of the nares so that its exit doesn’t interfere with odors still in the air or on the ground.

For this reason FinishBuild suggests you to go for recycled materials, in order to avoid strong odors on his bed, otherwise they might reject it.  Even though there are a number of dog beds available that are made from recyclable materials, take a look of the P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle bed, for instance, which is manufactured from recycled plastic bottles.

Beware of those friendly odors that come with your bed´s dog, if your dog is allergic finding beds for susceptible noses can be tricky, and you might have to go further more on what is your dog is allergic to. On the other hand, prevention is always a good policy; you might want to try a worthy alternative on hypoallergenic bed shelter.  Covers like these are usually made of 100% waterproof Nano-pore fabrics and they are also a barrier against dirt, dust, mites and fleas.

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to picking the best dog bed, so whether you want to go for comfort and expense, comfort and affordability, or have special needs, there are so many varieties of dog beds on the market, FinishBuild shares and explores a few interesting options at the present time to let you know what is the best for you.

The bending dog bed

Our number one option is the majestic smart idea of Murphy’s Paw Design on saving space but also with style. Modern Fold-Out Pet Bed for the spoiled dogs and the stylish modern owner. This is an outstanding option for large dogs or multiple smaller dogs when it comes to bed-time and when the sun raises you to save space in tiny living-room areas with a touch of glamour.

The cot dog bed

Does your dog happen to have a really thick haired or long-haired? dogs have an unfortunate tendency to overheat, and when the hair is abundant these beds can definitely cool them down. If your dog tends to overheat while resting, therefore the finest bed choice for your puppy would be the cot style bed. A cot bed usually features a mesh or net material for the dog to lay on in addition to legs that elevate the bed off the ground for plenty of air circulation around your dog as they sleep. No to mention, that regarding care & maintenance cot beds are also great because of the ease of cleaning. Another tip on this dog bed is that if you own older dogs with incontinence issues, cot beds can do the job due to the fact that they do not retain odors after cleaning.

The useful cabinet

This is our favorite and more achievable than buying a manufactured bed, that might cost you a couple of bucks. If you are looking for a cozy but also hiding place, cabinet can easily do the job. So, whether you want to spoil your dog a little bit or just provide him a room as any member of the family, you could just allow your dog to hide under any cabinet in your house. The location options are endless; you can adapt dog bed areas into closets, kitchen cabinets, garage cupboards. Any hiding spot in your laundry or kitchen, or beneath your staircase, is a great way to give your dog that cave-like feeling.

Keep into account that building a dog bed area, it does not necessarily means that you have to replace the entire cabinet to give your puppy a nice spot, you can easily add a piece of fabric with sparkly and fun colors to recreate a door, or just decorate a corner under a counter. The laundry room, for example is the perfect dog-friendly location because of its tiled flooring.

Think big, but be creative!


puerta destacada 300x138 2016 Backyard doors: Sliding or Hinged?

Did you know when Queen Victoria died the Irish were ordered to paint their doors black as a sign of grief. Doors symbolize hope, opportunity, communication and liberation. To rebel, Irish painted their doors in all different colors. When it comes to pick a door for interior areas the task is easy, but when you have to choose a suitable door that divides a space from your backyard, options are endless. We would love to offer you a brief review on the options you can think of.

Give it a meaning

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Our first suggestion is starting on the purpose of your backyard. A place like this can have several uses; therefore by sketching which ways you would ideally like to use your exterior, you can define the style you need. With a settled resolution you can begin on creating an interrelated look.  So, whether is a garden, family reunion area, kids’ recreational space or a simple personal favorite place, once you have chosen the meaning, the rest is a guiding process. Keep in mind that whatever is your purpose, compromise is determined and unclutter is vital. Simplify your design by keeping decor items on a slight side. Additionally, since backyards are outdoor areas, make sure that your green sides stay well-maintained with regular cuttings and proper plant care. Keep into account that any aspect of our life’s that we pay attention to receives power, therefore, if you are not that into taking care of plants, do not have them. Perhaps you might prefer a plush seating area, perfect for relaxation or even a fire pit. Depending on how much space is available, you can consider sticking with one main function or breaking your yard up into a few distinct areas.

puerta 5 300x300 2016 Backyard doors: Sliding or Hinged?On the other hand, it is important to preserve the harmony between spaces, for example, if your home is based on cedar looks, try to use a solid wood or high-end wood finishes on the frames of your door choice. French sliding doors offer the most design options, because you can select the door style, accessories and glass. If you want your patio door to have the same architectural style and feel of your front entry and garage doors, than a hinged or French door can do the job.

Backyard doors provide open access and allow interior spaces to embrace natural light. Generally, we tend to think that patio doors are only suitable for houses with a backyard, a swimming pool, or for breathtaking views. Not necessarily. Doors of this type are used for exterior areas, which can be easily installed on balcony facing towards a beautiful view. What we really enjoy about these exterior doors is that catches the eye of anyone entering the room and it is one of the most defining style signs of your home.

Sliding Doors

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 Nowadays, frames and glass are more energy efficient now and many products incorporate multi-point locking mechanism. Sliding doors are also known as gliding doors and besides being operational they also allow people to get a clear view into another space, which add an air of glamour to the interior and exterior of a home.. Regarding function they are very practical and the fact that offer a clear, minimalist design allows you to match it with almost any style you like.

Sliding doors let in a lot of natural light and you can create a dramatic effect by combining colors on a colored curtain for instance. They are made from reinforced glass or plastic, polycarbonate in some cases. Even though might seem made of thin glass this feature makes of sliding door a charming but strong door.

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Sliding doors are energy efficient, since they are able to remain open, ventilation is constant, and therefore, rooms would receive excellent airflow. On the other hand, on some specific models, the glass provide excellent insulation from the extreme weather of the desert. Another plus is the external screens placed on the sliding doors which gladly provides defense against unwanted bugs and insects.

Another outstanding feature is the space, sliding glass doors provide a large doorway which is highly appreciated when moving big items between rooms or in and out of your home. With its sliding mechanism, there are no external hinges which could damage the items being moved. Nevertheless, if you live in a cool weather area, extreme conditions including ice, tornados and wind storms might cause damage to the glass in these doors.

Hinged Style

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Nowadays, technology developed new hinges models and at the present moment is found almost everywhere, in the aerospace field, military, and computing. In fact, the desk on which the average reader’s computer sits probably has more hinges than one might expect. Hinged patio doors are the classic look for most of homeowners. Generally manufactured in pairs, two doors connected by a hinge in a continuous sill frame where one is fixed, and the other is active and swings in or out. Double-hinged patio doors are often used to create expansive views from interior spaces.

Hinged patio doors are commonly the focal point of a room due to its glam and elegance consists of panels that have large glass areas. The in-swing door has interior-mounted hinges. The out-swing door has tamper-proof exterior hinges. Its screen is on the interior side of the door. If security is one of the things that concerns you, most of hinged doors come with multipoint locks offering you a distinctive locking system that secures the door in three locations for your mind peace.

When it comes to outdoors areas, backyards never overestimate the power of visual points. Subsequently we encourage you to add some color to ornament your outdoor areas. Just the same as you would do it with your interiors, bring some color through chairs or benches. Nonetheless, seek inspiration from nature as well; there are some flowers that can live happily without much of attention, such as, lavender, jade or black rose if you are on a busy schedule.

“If opportunity doesn´t knock. Build a door”

Milton Berle

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