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Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not 27. The story also reported erroneously the starting price of the homes. They start at $1.3 million, not $710,000.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

Homebuilders focus on family pets in rising trend of catering to furry friends

By SUE MANNING

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.

Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling these homes in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.

The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television set.

Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners. Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.

"Devotion to pets is second-to-none," he added. "They are family."

The American Pet Products Association reports that 68 percent of Americans own pets and contribute to an industry worth more than $55 billion annually.

Real estate officials say building homes designed to cater to pets is a new concept, but that remodels for pet owners have been available for some time.

Adam Cowherd Construction in Ozark, Missouri, installs pet-friendly additions to homes. Cowherd said he recently finished a job where there was an open shelf on the end of a kitchen island to hold pet bowls.

"Owners want it uniquely functional, very contemporary and something that catches the eye," Cowherd said.

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