Radiant in Residential

Owners of lakeside property look to build green

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:51

Some people dream of living on the ocean, in the mountains or surrounded by the dessert. Donna and Jerry Walsh are lake people. The couple purchased an empty lot on the shores of Beaver Lake in Wisconsin in 2007, while still living in New Berlin. House & Home Magazine reports that when the recession hit with full force later that year the couple decided to wait on building until the nation's economy was more stable.

A couple years went by, and as the Walsh's waited, they also dreamed of their future home. In 2009, the couple were ready to build and the house plans were set to become a reality. The Walsh's decided to incorporate a number of green applications and technologies into the building and the design of the house so that the property would remain eco-friendly.

Barenz Builders, a custom home development company, helped Donna and Jerry Walsh achieve the look and energy efficiency they wanted.

"Barenz suggested in-floor radiant heating on the first floor, which we love, and we had a geo-thermo system put in," Donna Walsh told the news source.

The radiant heating system effectively keeps the first floor of the home warm and toasty on those cold winter nights when the wind comes up from the lake. In contrast to a traditional heating system like forced hot air, which is often proven inefficient, the structure of a radiant floor heating system limits energy loss.

In addition, the technology allows for the Walsh's to design their property without having to worry over unsightly vents or radiators interrupting the flow of an interior.

"We had a very contemporary home in New Berlin," Donna Walsh told House & Home Magazine. "Now we wanted something cozy and Old World."

Radiant heating allowed the couple to develop a charming design, uninterrupted by modern utility intrusions.