Futuristic tree house features radiant floor heating

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 09:30

The Wilkinson Residence near Portland, Oregon, has a little bit of everything. This futuristic home is being compared to the brainchild of fantasy characters like Ewoks from the Forest Moon of Endor and Hobbits from the Shire in popular series like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, respectively, reports TG Daily. 
"This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior," architect Robert Oshatz writes, according to the news source. "One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior."
Located in the middle of the woods, the main living areas of the home are on level with the tree canopy. This effect is enhanced with wrap-around glass walls, so that anyone in the house may peer out into the wonder of the natural environment and feel as if they are apart of the landscape. According to the news source, the native Douglas firs, maples and alders surrounding the home manage to shield it from the sun, which is especially useful in the afternoons when the solar rays could make the glass enclosure uncomfortable to be in. The numerous windows in the home were installed to provide natural ventilation. When combined with the eco-friendly heating technology known as radiant floor heating, these features allow the structure to remain perfectly temperature controlled. 
Radiant floor heating was easily installed underneath the many different natural materials used for flooring. In addition, it would allow the homeowner to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the property for an eco-friendly solution.