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The rich are different from you and me; they read the New York Times Home and Garden section on Thursdays, and don't seem to know that there is a recession. But they are beginning to deal with the concept of living with less, and show a couple squeezing into a modest 1100 square foot house in Mill Valley, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Daniel J. Liebermann- that cost $1,125,000 to purchase and over $ 400 a foot to renovate. But it is a gem of a thing. More at New York Times
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Then there is John Flinton, a contractor "who is known (at least to his press agent) as "a modern day Indiana Jones," in a long piece entitled Trophy Hunters With Their Eye on Interiors.
He has gone to China for cobblestones from a road that was being demolished, to pave a client's driveway; to the jungles of Nicaragua -- by jeep, if you please -- because another client wanted an authentic and rustic clay tile with colors that would have variations, but not too many variations; to Jerusalem, to make sure the so-called biblical stone his client had ordered was coming from a school that really was hundreds of years old....For a client in Russia building a rather large country estate (55,000 square feet, with 880 windows), Mr. Finton arranged to have thick slate for the roof brought in from Vermont.
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And then there are the "catios"; enclosed spaces of mesh to protect cats but let them play outside. Some are modest, as minimal as an enclosure of a balcony, and some are extreme. One cat habitat builder notes:
"We have some clients that decorate the inside as if it's just another room -- a picnic table, cat grass -- so they can hang out there with their cats," said Kris Kischer, founder of Habitat Haven in Toronto, which sells dog and cat enclosures.
He built a wild one in Toronto that connects the house to a tree 25 feet away, but that's nothing compared to one in Port Jefferson, New York that is bigger than some apartments we have shown on TreeHugger: two 10 foot square rooms connected with a 44 foot tunnel. For cats. They are renovating soon, and adding a second floor. More in the New York Times.