Dog being bathed in canine washing station.
Photo: Bob Stefko

Worthwhile Investment

If the idea of bathing your pooch in your pristine claw-foot tub gives you pause, or if he simply won't suffer the indignity of being hosed down in the backyard, a dog-washing station might be the best home improvement you'll ever make. “It's a great addition to a mudroom, so you can clean your dog before he tracks in dirt,” says architect Healy Rice of Wilmette, Illinois, who designed the one shown here. Though this project can cost $1,500 or more, Rice's clients say it pays for itself in savings on carpet-cleaning alone. Here are her tips for designing this handy spot.
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