Overlooking the Hudson River near the Village of Sleepy Hollow, NY, sits a new, 3,00 sq-ft (279 sq-m) home worthy of the cover of Architectural Digest.
This dream home, in the New York City suburb of Legend of Sleepy Hollow fame, came to life after homeowners Peter and Gina Gasperini spent years planning and deciding on their “must haves.” Near the top of that list was a radiant heating system from REHAU.
The Gasperinis aren’t the average customer when it comes to radiant heating; they’ve been in the business for years. So they knew exactly how the REHAU radiant system would provide the level of comfort befitting the home of their dreams.
“Through our business, we’ve worked with many homeowners who understand that there’s more to creating a dream home than just design and aesthetics,” said Peter Gasperini, whose Pleasantville, NY-based company, Northeast Radiant, specializes in radiant heating and plumbing systems.
“It doesn’t make sense to invest significant time, money and effort designing a higher-end home and then skimp on HVAC, or toss in a standard forced-air system as an afterthought,” he said. “The indoor climate system should be on par with the rest of the home; otherwise you’ve made a major compromise.”
The Gasperini’s 3-level contemporary features an “upside down” style of living custom-designed by New York City architect John Whalen. The home has an open floor plan with living areas, including the kitchen, dining and family room, on the second level and bedrooms on the first level. At ground level is the garage and finished basement. Walls of windows across the front and west side of the home capture the spectacular views of the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge.
Radiant technologies allow for targeted design and installation
For the living areas and bedrooms, the Gasperinis chose a RAUPANEL radiant system, consisting of 3,000 ft (914 m) of 3/8 in. crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) pipe laid in aluminum panels installed between the subfloor and flooring material.
“My company was one of first contractors to use RAUPANEL soon after it hit the market in the early 2000s,” Gasperini said. “We’ve worked with all of the different radiant systems out there, and there’s none better than REHAU. It’s very efficient, you don’t see it…and you feel so comfortable you don’t even think about it.”
To heat the ground-level and garage, 1,800 ft (549 m) of 1/2 in. pipe was fastened to rebar on top of a thermal break insulator. Then the concrete slab was poured, polished and sealed. This method of installing radiant is very cost effective and provides a beautiful, durable finished floor.