Pet Homes for Luxury Home Buyers
For wealthy home-owning pet lovers, practicality is the new luxury. Or is it?
No price is too steep for the pet enthusiast. Fido isn’t living in an ordinary doghouse in America’s wealthiest zip codes. Significant data from the American Pets Products Association estimate that Americans are spending billions to accommodate their furry friends. Interestingly, however, the recent recession has cultivated even the luxury home-owning pet lover to do more with less. Visionary architects that cater to the trendy mantra of practicality are in high demand. An increasing number of high-end homeowners seek space-saving, functional and eco-friendly habitats for their pets.
Designers sensitive to today’s more confined living spaces have leaned towards a more functional aesthetic for which pet-owner compatibility and simplicity are key. William Duff Architects’ “Pugs in a Barrel” is uniquely owner specific. Commissioned by a San Francisco area lawyer and vintner for her three pug pooches, the form-meets-function luxuriously padded wine barrel has a wine-stopper that now cleverly serves as doggie treat dropper.
MBH Architecture’s “Pawmio” and “Pawmio-mini” designs double as avant-garde coffee table pieces for humans and pet lounger sofas for doggy and kitty. On-the-go vacationers will find the convenience they seek for their canine companions in SOM’s “The jet-set pet pad,” a portable and practical small-dog tent.
Utilitarianism meets vogue with Huntsman Architectural Group’s kitchen table. The patron-inspired island-style design features a doggie daybed directly underneath, where large-sized dogs can relax with ample room, while their owners nibble posh fare at tableside.
For pet lovers with a more sophisticated design palette, structural pet couture is the vogue. Huntsman Architectural Group’s “Joey’s Dwell” is bauhaus-inspired, melding restrained color usage and striking form with modernist convenience for the luxuriating pet.
Kuzma-Rodevad’s “Cornucopia” is pet-specific, and its ultra-contemporary extravagant design shelters little more than the chihuahua’s petite frame for which it was intended.
“The Scratch Pad,” by SOM, was designed with a cat’s paws in mind. This conventional piece is a storage unit in disguise. It is a stylishly designed ottoman that seats high, and its material can withstand kitty’s potentially abrasive clawing. A quaint pop-off top reveals convenient storage space for feline play things.
Popular ‘green’ culture appeals to a growing number of high-end buyers in favor of environmentally responsible products, and their pet habitats are no exception. Methods flatter and materials matter with Tsao Design Group’s “haus,” a chic plastic-looking cube-shaped wood sculptured mini-house for kitty or doggy. Its cutting-edge form and striking lacquer finish has a timeless quality, and it also functions as an end table to compliment other fabulous furniture pieces.
The recycled teak material that constitutes Gensler’s kennel desk has the ‘green’ theme covered, and its appreciable nod to compatible convenience for pets and owners heightens its appeal. This patron-inspired design features a movable kennel and a separate movable storage bench underneath. Gensler’s desk enables its clients, who work from home, to keep their pups safe when they’re out and on the go.
Dual-purpose, sleek, and occasionally eco-friendly pet domicile structures are the perfect solution for a pet owner’s love for their faithful companions and life’s ever-changing demands. With pet architecture, now big and little creatures can enjoy a peaceful and luxurious coexistence under one roof and in style.