Published at Sunday, April 07th, 2019 - 10:27:31 AM. Home Decoration. By Alberta Krämer.
As with other home improvements, costs to fashion pet-friendly spaces depend on the size of a room or area, level of finish, and labor costs. However, most animal lovers would never put a price tag on their choices since to them pets offer priceless benefits, from loyal friend to exercise partner to therapist, according to Lawrence Robinson and Jeanne Segal. As competition for tenants grows in many cities across the country, developers and managers of apartment and condominium buildings have concluded that catering to pet owners pays off. The first step is reducing or eliminating restrictions on pets, from number permitted to pet size, and then lowering or eliminating special fees for pet owners. But its also about the amenities that can be incorporated on site. Developers, architects, and planners began seeing pet parks as a major trend about a decade ago, around the time of the recession, says architect Bill Ramsey, principal with KTGY Architecture + Planning in Oakland, Calif. He notes that other pet-related amenities were slower to follow: “The grooming stations didnt gain much momentum until after the economy rebounded and are still on the edge of being a novelty. The more upscale the community, the more likely you are to see them offered as an amenity.”
But paring down isnt for everyone. Many of the 400 amateur gardeners who open their colorful, quirky, original gardens in Buffalo, N.Y.s annual Garden Walk Buffalo weekend event each July disregard the simplicity mantra. Graphic designer Jim Charlier, who participates yearly, recently co-authored the book Buffalo-Style Gardens (St. Lynns Press, 2019) with garden writer Sally Cunningham. He designed his small garden for eating and entertaining, planted a collection of climbing plants to block neighboring homes, and built a green potting shed that mimics his 1897 green Dutch Colonial-style home to hold tools. The pedigree of a garden featured on the 25-year-old tour—the largest of its type in the country—definitely helps to sell homes, Charlier says.
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