People who live with cats know that their furry friends are the ones that truly rule the household—the humans are simply guests. Many folks are happy with this arrangement, and they go as far as to accommodate their favorite felines with elaborate scratchers and toys; however, one couple in Brooklyn took it a step further and made their abode into a true cat house. Combining their desire to please their two “shy but inquisitive cats” with a passion for literature, the House for Booklovers and Cats was born, designed by BFDO Architects.
The entire house got an interior face lift. One of the biggest changes was to the first floor living space. At 20 feet by 50 feet, it’s a sizable area that now includes bookshelves created with cats in mind. The structure lines one wall of the room and feature steps for the kitties to easily access the top and observe their kingdom below. Additionally, there are trap doors that make it easier than ever for them to escape to another room. From the top of the elongated shelves, the cats can hop into the second floor.
The timid felines are certainly happy with the new space, and there are many perks for the humans as well. Other unique elements also pertain to shelving, one of which was designed by the owner, who is an artist. It’s an inset wall shelf (guarded by another trap door) that contains a diorama of a living room. The special nook is accompanied by other recessed areas that hold small collections of objects.
Although this home was built with cats in mind, there are some spaces that are off limits from fur. In the basement, it’s a “cat free zone.” Part workout space and part guest suite, the area has access to the yard out back and is an inviting place for visitors to stay.