HOW A HOUSE BECOMES A HOME: KQ-DESIGN CREATES A CHEERFUL ABODE FOR POPS & PEANUT
Just a few short months ago "Pops" and his dog Peanut were homeless residents of Austin. But thanks to KQ-Design and Community First!, they now have a cheery and functional home. Community First! Village is a 27-acre planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled and for the homeless in central Texas.
Kari volunteered her time and talent to outfit the small space with all the practical needs of Pops, along with a visual sensibility that matched his tastes.
MAKING IT WORK
Relying on her connections in the community along with her own financial contributions, Kari outfitted the home with an electric recliner, cozy sofa bed, and a clean, easy-to-navigate negative space that made it easy for Pops (who walks with the aid of a walker) to venture safely around the home.
The black out curtains and the oscillating fan help block heat in the summer (the space has no heat or air conditioning) and a cozy dog bed is perfect for peanut, who up on seeing the space immediately curled up in it as if he'd done it a hundred times.
Assembling the space was a family affair - Kari's husband helped install all the components of the space in under six hours and her kids helped paint the rocking chair that graces Pops's porch a bright canary yellow.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
In the end what resulted was a man and his dog gaining a place to call their own , with a layer of thoughtful design that makes this a home anyone would be proud of.