Caturday Visits Japan: Custom Cat-Friendly Home

by 1389 on September 24, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), art and design, Caturday, Japan

A Purrfect House for Cats

Taishido House, interior views

Does it make sense to design homes to cater to the enjoyment of cat and dog pet owners? Several design firms are grabbing the pet-friendly home idea by the tail and running with it.

The demand is there, at least in Japan, claims Fauna Plus DeSIGN and its director, Keiji Hirose, a firm known for designing a custom home for 16 cats. The heart of the home features a cat-climbing tree that serves as a spiral staircase leading up to a catwalk on the second floor of the unit.

The catwalk forms a zigzag design and can also be accessed via steps that protrude from the wall, similar to House Taishido’s shelves. Several of the steps are next to small holes in the walls that lead to other rooms.

Other cat-friendly features of that home include:

  • a cat-accessible loft that features skylights and windows;
  • a multistage cube of shelves with cat beds; and
  • a floor-to-ceiling scratching post column, wrapped in hemp rope.

According to Fauna Plus DeSIGN estimates, the cost to design a two-story, detached wooden home built to cat specifications ranges from 3.2 million yen (about $42,000 in U.S. dollars) for a 20-square-meter space (about 215 square feet) — on up to 13 percent of the total construction costs for a space measuring more than 50 square meters (about 538 square feet), the company reports.

Cats on stairs in Taishido House

If 16 cats weren’t enough, the residence also houses five dogs, which are separated from the cats via a glass door. To house the dogs and allow them outside access, Fauna designed a rooftop garden.

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More details and photos at InmanNEWS.

Taishido House, exterior view

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 custom homes Austin November 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

One wonderful example of a custom home that does not only suit humans but lovable pets as well. The cats here are sure fortunate to have a home customized for them and they sure seem to like their house a lot. When a house owner decides to customize a home, it can definitely become as beautiful as can be.

2 mitsy May 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

that is soo awesome and adorible XD !!!!!i love animals and seeing this makes me want to make a better living for the pets i would like to have in my future,because im only in middle is added to the mental note of my dream house and dream life to make their lives better (and maybe a bit spoiled…:lol: )and give them all the love and affection every animal needs,because they give us love and loyalty,we should show our gratitude for our sweet companions.

3 1389 May 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

Glad you liked this story! I hope that you will continue to enjoy the rest of our Caturday features!

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4 工務店 April 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

wow i have never seen such house for cats. this really is something amazing.

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