Upstate New Yorkhome incorporates eco-friendly amenities

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 16:01

A home in Milan, New York, combines the best of two worlds - luxury amenities and eco-friendly features. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that David Borenstein, a local architect and artist, has recently finished building a home of momentous magnitude without harming the environment.

According to Borenstein, building green isn't so much a trend for him as it is a general philosophy to live by.

"To design and build in a way that was mindful to the environment, yet made bold visual statements; to never compromise the natural beauty of a site and to preserve the landscape, no matter how difficult the building process may be," Borenstein told the news source.

The 2,400-square-foot home includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and is on 7.6 acres of land. It includes a radiant floor heating system throughout the home to ensure that rooms are kept at a comfortable temperature. The technology uses less energy to keep a house warm and is easily incorporated in a variety of designs with various flooring materials, which gives both the designer and the homeowner more interior decorating options for luxury.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the property is just one of many eco-friendly homes built in the Pasture Rock development by Borenstein.

"In addition to being sustainable, the house is built to incorporate the houses into the landscape around the trees in an area that normally wouldn't be built on," said Borenstein, whose offices are in the historic remains of the Milan town garage. "The idea for this development is that you wouldn't see the houses rather than have them all plunked down on a field. That ruins the town and it becomes quite an eyesore."