Project Files: Episode 16 — The Woodland House
Geothermal and radiant technology turned one couple’s dream home into a reality
Dave and Jamie Van Dixhorn were avid fans of modern architecture, and dreamed to move to the country and build a home. When the couple both took managerial positions at Kohler Company, maker of high-end plumbing fixtures, they had the opportunity to purchase land in the rural village of Kohler, Wisconsin. That’s when they had an idea: to build the home of their dreams, and at the same time, showcase their employer’s products and that of other premium home product manufacturers.
The design of the home works to blend the natural beauty of the outdoors with the comforts of modern living. They called it the Woodland House.
Wisconsin winters are pretty cold, and the summers are humid. Finding an indoor comfort system that was sustainable, energy efficient, and wouldn’t detract from the home’s open floor plan was a must. The couple wanted the energy efficiency, comfort, and minimal impact on aesthetics offered by a geothermal system, partnered with an underfloor radiant heat system.
Dave Van Dixhorn chose The Unico System for the home’s heating and cooling. In addition to the small size of system’s flexible supply tubing, Unico modular air handlers left plenty of unused space in the large mechanical area planned for the HVAC indoor components. Now there’s more room for storage, and the elegant finished aesthetic means a central air system that virtually disappears within the home’s design.