Stage 1: Preliminary outside work getting done.
This area will be filled with gravel - it is much better for dogs than cement. Yes, cement is easy for people to hose down, but harder on the dogs that live on it - their joints - it is cold and takes the heat out of their bodies - when laying on it in the winter. Gravel may be a bit more work for us, but we want to do the best for our sweet dogs. There will be a step down from the dog doors, and each will have an eave out over the top of their dog door - so they can go outside and not be rained on, if it is raining. Between inside and outside space - our dogs will have minimum 100 square feet - for the smaller breeds - for our Cocker Spaniels on up - there will be 156 sq. feet. Jeff is not here for me to check these figures - so don't hold me to it. :o) Anyway, lots of room, in and outside.