When our pen was developed in 2008, the section nearest to the garage was left pretty bare, as you can see in the following photo:
So this summer, Pat decided it was time to build something over there for us to play on.
Pat had a meeting with our usual contractors -- Dean Smith Carpentry Services -- and plans were made to build a new structure right up against the wall of the pen. The plans called for:
--entrances on the front of the structure to each of the three stories, opening on to ...
--side entrances to the top story and to the bottom story
--new planks connecting the two side entrances to our already existing system of walkways
--peepholes on the back of the new structure, so that we can spy on the next door neighbors
--strategically cut holes inside the structure, between the first and second stories and the second and third stories, so that we can leap between the different levels
Dean and his associate Mark got right to work and completed the new structure in just a day and a half!
Here is what the new structure looked like before we moved in. We think the staggered balconies are a really great design feature:
A view from the side:
The next picture, taken from outside the pen, shows the peepholes on the back of the new structure:
Hershey was the first to go inside:
If you look carefully at the next two pictures, which show Cocoa and Taffy inspecting the new structure, you can see a bit of Hershey's tail, just inside the top right entrance:
In the following picture, Hershey exits from the side door of the top story:
On top of the new structure, there is plenty of space for perching and sprawling. We can also leap, from the top of the structure, to the walkway that passes above it:
We will be posting more pictures as we come up with more ideas for using all this great new space:
THANK YOU, Dean and Mark of Dean Smith Carpentry Services, 69 Kingston Road, Cornwall, PEI, COA 1HO -- Prince Edward Island's premiere designers and builders of quality cat pens and furnishings!