Green Building

Historic California home restored with green technology, radiant heating

Fri, 10/07/2011 - 09:38

Mimi and Brad Knop wanted to respect the history of their historic home, but also wished to use the latest in sustainable technology to limit their carbon footprint, according to the Petaluma Argus-Courier.

The couple moved into the home of the area's original horiticulturist and nurseryman, William Howard Pepper, and wanted to preserve his legacy in the renovation of their home.

Brad Knop did most of the renovation work himself, as he built the kitchen and family room from the foundation up, and increased the height of the ceiling in order to expose the beautiful wood that was originally used by the old horticulturist, according to the news source.

He also used a variety of older looking materials, including a Victorian farmhouse sink and an old-fashioned oven that gives the residence a look of a ranch house. Knop also chose to install a radiant heating system to provide the home with a comfortable warmth, the Argus Courier reported.

A radiant heating system works well with a traditional looking home, as the lack of radiators, heating vents and air ducts allows for a rustic look but modern warmth.