Posted 3 months ago ago
A Berkshire Instagrammer documenting her home renovation has shared the stunning shower area she’s built - just for her dogs!
Zoe Marquis recently transformed her four-bed Windsor home and shared her DIY journey on Instagram at @homestuffonly.
Zoe and her two dogs, Martell and Henry, moved into the property during the pandemic, in October 2020 - and the savvy PA knew she needed somewhere to shower muddy paws after enjoying walks in the local park.
So, she transformed an empty garage corner into a stylish walk-in shower for her pups!
The 33-year-old told bathroom company Drench: “We bought our house at the end of 2020 and knew it needed a full refurb before we could move in. When planning a project like that you have to think ahead, decide what you need from your home and imagine how you'd use each room.
“I love to take my two dogs on walks in the local fields whatever the weather, and them coming home muddy is inevitable so showering them is a regular occurrence.”
Zoe had designed her family bathroom around a free-standing stone bath, so cleaning 13-year-old Martell and Henry, three, in there became a ‘no-go’.
She added: “I'd been combing Instagram for months looking at home accounts to gain inspiration and saw a lot of American homes have dog washes.
“At first, it was just a wacky idea but I soon realised it was actually possible and not at all expensive to create.
“Our garage was integral and we'd have never used it to store our cars, so once we decided to convert it into a utility room the idea was even more attainable; there was this huge void under the stairs that needed filling.
“Several people suggested making it a storage cupboard but we really didn't need another cupboard in the house and let's be honest, cupboards are boring. I thought to myself 'That's where the dog wash will go!'
“Every tradesman laughed at the idea and it's still a running joke today, but now it's built and they've seen it in use they all agree it's been a good and creative use of the redundant space.”
Best of all, the sophisticated shower space only cost £500 to build, as Zoe bought her materials directly from the builders’ merchant. It even has a recessed shelf to store their doggy shampoo and pamper products.
Martell (left) and Henny (right) now have their own modern stylish shower, including a recessed shelf for all their puppy products.
Zoe said: “A close friend of mine is also a builder so his 'mates rates' for labour were a godsend.
“Other ways we saved money were by finishing off the smaller jobs ourselves like grouting the tiles and silicone sealing the dog shower instead of hiring a mastic man.”
“This isn't our 'forever home' so I did wonder if installing something so niche would be a hindrance when we do decide to sell up and move house but with something crazy like 33% of UK households including a dog I highly doubt that will be the case. In fact, it'll probably be a good selling feature!”
Dominic Lees-Bell, bathroom expert at Drench.co.uk, added: “A walk-in shower is perfect for animals, but one built specifically for your pet washing is genius. We love what Zoe has done for her two furry friends. For anyone looking to do the same we recommend purchasing a removable handset shower too as it makes it a lot easier to get all of the shampoo out of their fur.”