A Brooklyn home purrfect for cat-lovers

This place looks like a regular Brooklyn row-house home from the outside – but inside you’ll find it’s anything but.

The renovation by BFDO Architects completed late last year for a pair of very creative clients had an aim to help them display their large collection of art and books – as well as provide special accommodations for their two shy but inquisitive cats.

The generous, primary living space on the first floor has been lined on one side by a full-length bookshelf, that upon a closer look, also allows for the couple’s felines to slip in and out of the space stealthily.

This home is perfect for a pair of shy but inquisitive cats. Picture: Francis Dzikowski

“Shelves project to create steps for the cats to climb up to a continuous open ledge where they can observe activities below,” says the firm.

It’s a rare and rather generous inclusion any kitty would love, especially when guests arrive. It even includes trapdoors to give the cats access to the upper rooms.

There are also custom-built recesses in the walls to house the extensive art collection and the owner’s own work.

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According to their website, the architects arranged the flooring into four separate spaces: The living room, media room, dining area, and kitchen, all of which pinwheel around the ‘functional wall’ floating in the middle third of the space.

“The wall defines a hallway zone that provides access to the powder room and basement. On the other side, it defines the media room seating area. It also screens the kitchen in the back from the living room in the front.”

The open plan living area is flooded with light with the help of huge windows. Picture: Francis Dzikowski

The rear of the house features a two-storey wall of glass, which floods the space with natural light. Below the ground floor is an entrance to a guest suite or creative studio, which is a “cat free zone”.

Not only is the house wildly creative and cat-friendly, the architects also made the effort to include many recycled materials.

Enough room in here to bring all your friends over. Picture: Francis Dzikowski

The existing panelled wood doors, doorknobs, and hardware were reused and the pine flooring was refinished. The home remains true to its row-house roots, with original details emphasised by the nifty use of paints and furnishings.

Upstairs, the studio occupies the back half of the floor. A balcony in the window wall allows the client to step outside for quick breaks from work. In the corner, the owner commissioned a skylit “nest” to have a concealed, elevated space to write and think.

Originally published as A Brooklyn home purrfect for cat-lovers by Erinna Giblin. Author at realestate.com.au.