Top 5 Homes of the Week That Make Room For Furry Friends

By Samantha Daly
Move over, humans—we all know who really runs the household. Featuring cozy nooks, pet beds, and secret hiding spots, these pet-friendly modern homes from the Dwell community are the cat's meow.

Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.

1. Ritchie Rowhouse

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CAB Architects deftly hid appliances, pantry storage, and a litter box for the owners' two cats in the cabinetry beneath this staircase in Ritchie Rowhouse.

CAB Architects deftly hid appliances, pantry storage, and a litter box for the owners' two cats in the cabinetry beneath this staircase in Ritchie Rowhouse.

Architect: CAB Architects, Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

From the architect: "Ritchie Rowhouse is a modern renovated Edwardian townhouse by CAB Architects. It was designed to maximize daylight, and celebrate a love of warm materials—particularly, brass and gold. The kitchen was placed in the center of the ground floor, becoming the anchor between the living and dining spaces."

2. The M Apartment

Moving into a smaller home forced designer Eilat Dar to evaluate what was necessary. Adopting a minimalist aesthetic, the M Apartment makes use of every inch of space.

Moving into a smaller home forced designer Eilat Dar to evaluate what was necessary. Adopting a minimalist aesthetic, the M Apartment makes use of every inch of space.

Finds for Your Furry Friends
Alessi Lupita Dog Bowl
Alessi Lupita Dog Bowl
Dog bowl from Alessi's “A di Alessi” brand, which includes their “most democratic and accessible products”.   Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921.
K & H Products Mod Half-Pod Pet Bed
K & H Products Mod Half-Pod Pet Bed
The Mod Half-Pod has a unique bowl design will be a sure hit with any indoor pet.  The removable pad is machine washable.
Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed
Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed
Give your cat the gift of premium comfort with the Meowfia Premium Felt Cave Cat Bed! Handcrafted by Nepalese artisans using 100% New Zealand Merino wool, this unique and innovative design is soft, supple and breathable for year-round comfort that keeps your furry friend cool in the summer and warm...

Interior designer: Eilat Dar, Location: Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel

From the interior designer: "As the owner of the house, and as an interior design studio based in Israel, I decided to examine whether it is possible to maintain a dynamic family life in a meticulous and minimal space. As an enthusiastic admirer of the minimalism trend, I examined Japanese and Scandinavian design culture. Both are known for their fine and meticulous minimalism, but I also took into account that the consumption habits in Israel are very different from the consumption habits in these countries. While Israelis enthusiastically embrace the excessive consumption habits of the West, in Denmark minimalism is a way of life for all intents and purposes."

3. Crosby Loft

A window nook in the Crosby Loft allows for a small seating area and a vignette for the owner's collection of small tchotchkes. BC-OA's renovation took into consideration the clients' wish to embrace the imperfections of the loft's original features.

A window nook in the Crosby Loft allows for a small seating area and a vignette for the owner's collection of small tchotchkes. BC-OA's renovation took into consideration the clients' wish to embrace the imperfections of the loft's original features.

Architect: BC-OA, Location: New York, New York

From the architect: "The owners of this 2,300-square-foot converted loft in SoHo had a clearly defined vision for what their renovation wasn’t. Their close friends and neighbors across the elevator had recently renovated their identical loft with BC-OA, which featured clean, minimalist detailing contrasted against the selective exposure of the structure’s original brick and timbers. The clients for this project admired the neighboring renovation, but were looking to embrace the loft aesthetic to a greater extent in this historic and quintessential SoHo cast-iron building."

4. Roanoake Park Residence

The updated living room of the Roanoake Park Residence received a fresh coat of paint and plenty of floor space for the family dog to play. Best Practice took great care to highlight and contrast the existing traditional details of the house. Original doors, railings, hardware, and many of the windows were carefully salvaged, cleaned, and reused in conjunction with new elements.

The updated living room of the Roanoake Park Residence received a fresh coat of paint and plenty of floor space for the family dog to play. Best Practice took great care to highlight and contrast the existing traditional details of the house. Original doors, railings, hardware, and many of the windows were carefully salvaged, cleaned, and reused in conjunction with new elements.

Architect: Best Practice, Location: Seattle, Washington

From the architect: "In the Roanoke Park neighborhood of Seattle, the Best Practice design team was asked to modernize and breathe life into a 100-year-old grand house for a sophisticated and stylish family with two young boys. Although the stately house had much to admire, at the time of purchase it was extremely outdated and in dire need of a refresh. We approached the complete interior remodel with a genuine sense of reverence for the original character and craftsman details, but with an aim for the unconventional. The design consisted of rigorous attention to clean and simple details for the new inserted design elements, along with isolated and highly curated moments of color and material whimsy."

5. Zen Light

A simple palette of painted brick, white oak, concrete, and raw steel form a visual language that weaves old to new in Zen Light by Barrett Studio Architects.

A simple palette of painted brick, white oak, concrete, and raw steel form a visual language that weaves old to new in Zen Light by Barrett Studio Architects.

Architect: Barrett Studio Architects, Location: Boulder, Colorado

From the architect: "This North Boulder ranch style house circa 1956 was lacking spacial flow, and most importantly, life affirming daylight. The family of three desired a home that lived inside to outside while enhancing their life centered around the kitchen.Yin and yang counter-folded gestures are repeated at different scales throughout—notice the roofline, the kitchen island, and the fireplace as examples. It is a house that balances warm and cool tones, metal and wood, architecture and landscape. While the owners could have added ceiling height to the first floor, they elected for the intimacy of an eight-foot height."


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