Published at Friday, April 05th, 2019 - 11:06:57 AM. Home Decoration. By Amett Krause.
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.
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.
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