Healthy Homes

California property goes green with radiant floor heating

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 08:21

In Santa Rosa, California, one home in the sought-after community of Mayacama Timbers Resort community in the Shiloh Hills represents a unique perspective. The North Bay Business Journal reports that the single-family home was built on a two-acre lot and was customized to fit in with the natural landscape and incorporate the use of green technology.
The home was built in a weathered Tuscan stone barn style that blends wood and stucco with various earth-tone finishes. According to the news source, while the outside may look weathered, the inside decor is polished and moden.

"Kitchen cabinets are a contemporary blend of walnut and dark grey anodized aluminum crafted by Bulthaup of Germany, and kitchen and hallway floors are a modern form of exposed concrete," Constance Petersen told the news source. "Countertop surfaces are made from unique composition of finely ground quartz."
Floors in the home are made from reclaimed white oak in most of the house, other rooms like the sunroom and laundry have been outfitted with French brick floors in an herringbone pattern. The North Bay Business Journal reports that underneath the wood floors rests a radiant floor heating system to keep the property at a comfortable temperature during the winter and when the nights get cold. The sustainability solution was incorporated into the home to improve the energy efficiency of the property and to help keep the aesthetic appeal of the interior intact without unsightly vents.
"Overall, this residence is a testament to having the right team of designers, consultants and contractors – and we had them all on this project," said Michael Cook, principal, with Firma Design Group, the site planners and landscape architects.