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Artist retreat goes on the market

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 13:15

In Central New York, one home near Cayuga Lake is attracting attention for its unusual design. The Post-Standard reported that Rebecca and Todd Miller are both artists, a painter and sculptor respectively, and have decided to sell their home. 
The house was built in 2005 and features a large studio space that spans 1,100 square feet or the entire first floor of the property. A covered porch with custom trusses allows plenty of natural light to flood into the space, which is highly important for the artists. 
According to the news source, the couple custom built the design and oversaw the work of contractors to ensure it looked and felt the way they wanted. The Millers had always lived in older properties before this, and now knew exactly what they wanted to design.
"It's amazing because we always lived in old houses. They were always cold," Miller told the news source. "This house is so snug and tight." 
The warmth of the property is thanks to a radiant floor heating system. The sustainable solution allows warmth to slowly radiate up from the floors so that there is an even disbursement of heat whenever the utility is being used. In addition, unlike with traditional vents and radiators, heat loss is not a considerable problem. The direct delivery of warmth allows energy to be used more effectively. 
As a result of the combination of a radiant floor heating system and the high R-value insulation and windows, the property is highly energy efficient. This has allowed the couple to keep utility bills relatively low for the snowy winter climate experienced in the region. With the right technologies, a homeowner can find ways to save and reduce his or her environmental impact.