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February 2015

Realtor instructor adds "Hawkitecture" to portfolio

By NWREporter

February 2015

Seahawk-themed Catio

After the Seahawks beat Green Bay for the NFC championship and a berth in the Super Bowl, an avid fan decided do a little remodeling by treating his two rescue cats to a Seahawks-themed catio. The wood-framed "outdoor room" was custom-designed, built and installed by Cynthia Chomos, who teaches feng shui and other clock-hour classes to real estate professionals around the state.

Last year, as an extension of her teaching and consulting business, Chomos launched CatioSpaces, a startup that builds safe, outdoor enclosures for cats. Her latest creation, measuring 7'x6'x7' was installed at the Kenmore home of a lifelong fan who was celebrating his first trip to a Super Bowl.

Chomos said both Lord Purrcival, the owner's "game day lap cat" and Lady Penelope were smitten by their new home and the opportunities it provides for exercising and exploring.

The colors of Seattle's NFL team are evident throughout the catio's "Hawkitecture," from floor to ceiling.  Chomos decorated the interior with various "Spirit of 12" merchandise, including flags, a Seahawks football and game chair, a football field rug and an NFL figurine of Marshawn Lynch, the cat owner's favorite player. An ample supply of "power pellet" Skittles® and a football cat toy add to the enjoyment.

Seahawk-themed "Catio"Many of the materials for the Seahawk-themed catio were donated by Ballard area businesses to support the upcoming catio tour. Chomos donated her design/build services and the décor, Limback Lumber in Ballard donated wood and in-kind materials for lead carpenter Jack Poston, Stoneway Hardware in Ballard contributed the wire mesh and Home Depot provided the roofing materials and outdoor carpet.

The "Hawkitecture" catio will be part of a showcase of 10 different styles of cat enclosures that will be featured in Seattle's inaugural Catio Tour , scheduled for Saturday, May 16. The event is sponsored by Catio Spaces, PAWS and the Humane Society of the United States.

Along with her feng shui and teaching credentials, Chomos is a general contractor and member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. She said she founded Catio Spaces to address the need for safe and aesthetically pleasing outdoor enclosures to enhance a cat's life. She says her greatest joy is witnessing her 4-legged clients enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors while knowing the cat will always be safe.