I wonder if this could work for outdoor kitties too? How to Build a Dog Potty Area -- A designated potty spot would make it easier to keep the lawn clean for the kiddo, and keep Kiley from getting as muddy when she has to pee on rainy days.
Solve the problem of storing the dog crate. Dog crate under kitchen counter/island. ***Yes, because I really want dog hair in all my food! I think a better idea would be to put the built-in crate in a laundry or mud room.