Published at Sunday, March 31st, 2019 - 01:19:07 AM. Home Decoration. By Aili Otto.
Local weather conditions may dictate certain precautions as well. Furniture may need to be bolted down so it doesnt fly away with strong wind gusts. Flooring needs to be durable to withstand the elements. Nissim likes ipe planks, a dense wood decking material that snaps together and doesnt require repainting. Theres also less costly porcelain pavers that are hard and durable yet not as heavy as paving stones. A good irrigation system should be available since water tends to evaporate faster up high versus on the ground. “Look at what grows well on a mountain and thats often the best solution for a rooftop or high garden,” says Freda.
Home layouts can also be optimized so animals can comfortably hang out with their human owners. Spring Creek Designs Smutko found that she and her husband were constantly needing to walk around their 60-pound German shepherd, Tess, in the kitchen. When the firm redesigned the room, she requested a larger aisle between the work island and sink. “We wanted Tess to be with us, but without being stepped on,” she says. She selected a hard quarter-sawn floor that would withstand Tesss claws. Technology and internet-enabled products can also help. Smart cameras and lights allow homeowners to keep tabs on pets and ensure theyre comfortable when alone in the house. New electronic collars can activate pet doors so that homes remain secure. Winter Park, Fla., architect, builder, and licensed interior designer Phil Kean incorporated that technology when he designed the New American Home in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders. He also used an artificial turf called K9Grass that is designed specifically for dogs and eliminates the challenge of muddy paws and dead spots on the lawn.
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