Published at Saturday, March 30th, 2019 - 09:23:17 AM. Home Decoration. By Adela Weber.
Model homes and condos are a different breed. Custom homebuilders and developers are showing how much more important this niche has become by creating the illusion that a pet lives on the premises of their show homes. Toll Brothers, a custom builder of both single- and multifamily housing based in Horsham, Penn., stages swank models with plush pet beds and fancy dog showers that feature designer tiles. ICI Homes designed a “pet condo” under a stairway, a place that typically represents dead space, in one of their model houses. The area measures 4 by 4 feet, has a large opening with a gate, and room for a bed, bowls, light, and electric outlet. “The outlet can be used to plug in one of the newer self-cleaning litter boxes,” suggests sales assistant Sabrina Bosarge. Staging expert Kristie Barnett, founder of Expert Psychological Training in Nashville, Tenn., says builders arent risking much with these add-ons because they can easily be reimagined when needed—a shower can be used to rinse off small childrens feet or water plants, and a space under the stairs can become a play area or storage space.
Many cat walks are readily available through online resources or at pet stores at minimal cost, says Peter Cohen, who owns the custom homebuilding company Trillium Enterprises in Santa Barbara, Calif. To build multiple custom walks can be far pricier. Cohen says that one job he handled cost $35,000. In his own home, he has multiple tunnels, bridges, scratching posts, and 300 feet of walkways for the 24 cats hes rescued. For owners wary about resale, Stan Williams, CEO and owner of Stanton Homes in Raleigh, N.C., says cat walks can often be used by catless buyers as bookshelves or an area for displaying collectibles. Some also like to include a “catio,” a small enclosed screened porch that often juts out from the home above the ground, so a cat can enjoy fresh air but remain safe indoors, says Peggy Lynch, vice president of professional development and compliance for the Richmond Association of REALTORS® in Richmond, Va.
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