Expert Builder Series
This is the Seventh Q&A in a series of interviews with catio experts from around the world. My hope is to learn from the best catio builders on the planet and pass on that knowledge far and wide.
Jennifer and Jonathan Elwing of Elwing Works design and build catios in Bend, Oregon. I’ve been a longtime admirer of their work because, like me, they take great care to match enclosures with homes. As you can see from the photo examples, their catios blend in perfectly with the nearby home. I also love the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the spiral staircases common to their enclsoures.
Questions & Answers
- What materials do you generally use? Anything unique?
With the harsh desert climate in Central Oregon, we specifically select materials able to withstand the dynamic temperature extremes we experience here in the high-desert climate.
- Can you please share at least three best practices and/or tips you’ve developed over time?
-Before each build, we provide composite renderings of the catio enclosure in place so the client can envision exactly what their catio will look like.
-Respect for our clients and their property; we always wear booties when entering client homes, and we leave a clean workspace when completing a job. We treat our clients’ property with more care and attention than we do our own.
-We always provide discounted rates for shelter and rescue organization clients.
- Do you have a favorite catio story?
Our favorite build would be the catio we did for Brightside Animal Shelter, a wonderful shelter in Redmond, Oregon. It is so rewarding to see the shelter kitties getting outside time!