27/05/2013 10:10:46 WIB

The Avanti Group: In the New Dream Home, Majestic Boilers and Designer Pipes

Source:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704862404575350720302248474.html Dream Home Boiler and Designer Pipe Rooms Avanti Group Last month, Peter and Sara Starr gave dinner guests a tour of their new Bayside, Calif., home. There's the designer kitchen fitted Read MoreSource:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704862404575350720302248474.html Dream Home Boiler and Designer Pipe Rooms Avanti Group Last month, Peter and Sara Starr gave dinner guests a tour of their new Bayside, Calif., home. There's the designer kitchen fitted with free-standing ergonomic furniture. And the valley views complete with majestic redwoods. But the pièce de résistance sits just off the living room—a 100-square-foot nook otherwise known as the boiler room. As more homeowners invest in renewable energy and other high-efficiency appliances, they're spiffing up the dank mechanical room and turning new iPod-inspired designs into showpieces. WSJ's Gwendolyn Bounds reports on six signs you might be a "boiler room junkie." Inside hums the heart of about $70,000 in state-of-the-art heating and electrical equipment. A sleek hot-water tank is fed by rooftop solar panels; so is an array of batteries storing electricity and feeding excess power back to the grid. Hanging nearby, a petite, black boiler provides radiant heat while hundreds of feet of copper piping snake outward, delivering warmth and water to the 1,800-square-foot house. "It looks like the Star Trek Enterprise," 61-year-old Peter Starr says. "It's really a little focal point, and a sign of pride." View Slideshow: http://www.slideshare.net/Dwayne23xx/designer... Say goodbye to the scary room, that dank, dark spot where boilers and water heaters work among the spiders, with human visits taking place only when something—"Honey, there's no hot water!"—goes wrong. As a vanguard of homeowners invests in renewable energy and other high-efficiency equipment, they're spiffing up the mechanical room and, in some cases, trying to make the air conditioner a showpiece. Watch Video: http://www.good.is/avanti-group-consulting-en... Of course, as with any trend, there are downsides to jumping on the bandwagon. Appliance styles can fall out of fashion, and updates cost money. Sears Holdings Corp. has phased out its Pacific Blue and Sedona orange-hued washers and dryers, replacing them with the more au courant Ginger and Chili Pepper. Also Read: http://my.opera.com/istophercleam/blog/2013/0... Perhaps inevitably, some designers are trying to tap into the mania for the design flourishes of Apple's iPhones and iPods. American Hometec Inc. of Wilmington, Del., in May introduced the Everun tankless water heater, which heats hot water only as needed. The units, which cost $200 to $1,200, resemble brushed chrome-and-white wine coolers, have slide-touch controls and an optional shelf to hide wires (or hold a vase of flowers). Others seek their muse in high art. Sears recently launched an in-room air-cleaner called the Kenmore PlasmaWave that takes inspiration from a Richard Serra minimalist sculpture. "People don't want to look at things that are unpleasant," says Ellen Glassman, a Sears vice president overseeing design. It's unclear how the interest in pricey energy-efficient appliances will hold up once certain tax credits and rebates begin to dry up at the end of 2010. Earlier this year, Sean and Grace Cunnane of Rock Tavern, N.Y., installed a Viessmann boiler and new royal blue Buderus hot-water tank. The project, which cost $17,000, was partially offset by a $1,500 federal tax credit for the boiler. "It helped," says the 45-year-old Sean Cunnane. Also Read: http://theavantigroup1.wordpress.com/2013/05/... The retired police officer has been showing off his new stuff to family and neighbors, but he says there's more behind his latest splurge than bragging rights. With the weak housing market, he expects that he and his wife will be in the house living with—and looking at—their purchases "for a while." Dream Home Boiler and Designer Pipe Rooms Avanti Group
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