A Charming Home For Two Cats And Their Book-loving Humans

Every house is customized according to the needs and requirements of those that call it home. Some want their home to be warm and cozy, others want it to look cool and some want it to be great for entertaining guests. On top of that, there are always details and special features that are added to the design. This house in Brooklyn, US was created with both humans and cats in mind.

The back facade of the house has a two-storey glass wall and balconies that extend the spaces outdoors View in gallery
The back facade of the house has a two-storey glass wall and balconies that extend the spaces outdoors
The living area is bright, open and has a very cozy and inviting decor and chromatic paletteView in gallery
The living area is bright, open and has a very cozy and inviting decor and chromatic palette
The colors used throughout the house are vivid but at the same time soft and very pleasant to the eyeView in gallery
The colors used throughout the house are vivid but at the same time soft and very pleasant to the eye

The owners wanted the house to be a beautiful and welcoming home for them but also for their two cats. They went to BFDO Architects for help with the design and the team did a great job at customizing every aspect of the house. They managed to create a perfect hybrid. The owners love books and artwork and they also love their shy cats so the house got a huge bookcase unit that covers an entire wall and includes special built-in shelves and ramps that the cats can climb on and sit on to observe the entire space below.

In the living room there's a custom bookcase wall with ramps for the two catsView in gallery
In the living room there’s a custom bookcase wall with ramps for the two cats
The bookcase unit has special hiding spaces for the cats and also fun platforms and seating areasView in gallery
The bookcase unit has special hiding spaces for the cats and also fun platforms and seating areas
The bookcase runs along the entire length of the wall and holds an extensive book collectionView in gallery
The bookcase runs along the entire length of the wall and holds an extensive book collection

The living room bookcase allows the owners to display their extensive book collection and some artwork and at the same time offers hiding spaces for the cats where they can go to escape from guests. They even have special trap doors that give them access to the rooms above. They can go in and out whenever they want and nobody can follow them.

The dining area is open and part of the same floor plan as the living spaceView in gallery
The dining area is open and part of the same floor plan as the living space
The kitchen is open as well and has sliding doors that connect it to the backyardView in gallery
The kitchen is open as well and has sliding doors that connect it to the backyard
A staircase that leads upstairs is placed right in front of the entrance doorView in gallery
A staircase that leads upstairs is placed right in front of the entrance door

There are four main areas in the social zone. One is the living room, another is the media room and there’s also the dining area and the kitchen. They’re all connected in one way or another. The front door which has been painted in a bright shade of pink opens onto the living room. The dining area is at the back and a staircase right in front of the door offers access to the upstairs area. There’s a small powder room hidden under the stairs as well.

Upstairs, a hallway connects the spaces and brings in light through a skylightView in gallery
Upstairs, a hallway connects the spaces and brings in light through a skylight
Downstairs there's a special area just for guests. This is a cat-free zoneView in gallery
Downstairs there’s a special area just for guests. This is a cat-free zone
Books and artwork are spread throughout the house, being defining for its interior design View in gallery
Books and artwork are spread throughout the house, being defining for its interior design

Surprisingly, there’s a cat-free zone in the house. It’s a space designed for guests and it’s situated downstairs. Like the rest of the house, the space is tastefully decorated with artwork and books and furnished with comfortable and stylish pieces.

The study has its own little balcony, perfect for breaks and for enjoying the views and fresh airView in gallery
The study has its own little balcony, perfect for breaks and for enjoying the views and fresh air
Every room has quirky pops of color that give it a fun and dynamic look full of characterView in gallery
Every room has quirky pops of color that give it a fun and dynamic look full of character

Every space has its own way of looking cool and fresh, whether it has to do with the colors, the textures or simply the way in which everything comes together and looks harmonious.

There's a small powder room concealed under the staircase at the ground floorView in gallery
There’s a small powder room concealed under the staircase at the ground floor
The main bathroom has a skylight above the tub and refreshing green tile accents View in gallery
The main bathroom has a skylight above the tub and refreshing green tile accents