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Aha! Design: The Kitchen Feature Every Pet Owner Should Have

Our dog’s feeding/drinking station is positioned on the floor at the end of a row of cabinets. It’s pretty inconspicuously placed and not in a highly trafficked part of the room. And yet. A few times a week, I find myself kicking over his water bowl—which results in having to mop up the puddle from the floor, the tray on which it sits, and under it too. And change my socks.

I recently came across this genius idea, a recessed pet food area built into the kitchen island, while looking through old Remodelista posts. (See The Ultimate Starter Apartment, Cobble Hill Edition.) Anyone who has a cat or dog and has the same water-bowl-kicking gene as I do should consider this clever feature before their next kitchen remodel. You could even add a shelf in the alcove to store pet food.

Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, from The Ultimate Starter Apartment, Cobble Hill Edition.

Cobble Hill Duplex by Oliver Freundlich Pet Bowl Niche
Above: Architect and Remodelista fave Oliver Freundlich designed this kitchen for clients Mollie Cohen, Andrew Berman, and Cash (their dog). Cash’s food-and-water niche is located on the right side of the island.

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