Published at Friday, March 29th, 2019 - 20:41:14 PM. Home Decoration. By Adela Weber.
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.
While Victorian-style homes (generally any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria, between 1837 and 1901) are equated more with romance than practicality, Spindler says they confer several structural advantages. Their old-growth redwood is less vulnerable to pests and earthquakes than newer homes framing. But there are also drawbacks. Victorians were almost always built without electrical service, so sometimes original gas pipes havent been turned off or may have residual gas in their lines after theyve been capped. This can be an issue for workers who might be cutting into old lines. And while many love the feeling of 11-foot ceilings, itll take more steps to get to the next floor, and painting and changing lightbulbs can be more involved. But (especially since many of the architectural plans for these homes were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906) being aware and offering insights to clients about such positives and negatives are just part of the job of a style specialist, and Spindler embraces her role as adviser. “None of them come with manuals,” Spindler says. “Its an exploratory process.”
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