Cloudland Station: The This Old House showhome opened in fall 2015 in this 450-acre Chickamauga community nestled alongside Lookout Mountain. The 1,950-square-foot, Craftsman-style home features eco-friendly amenities. For example, Unico equipped the cottage with an energy-efficient heating and air system installed by Rivertech Heating & Air Conditioning in Chattanooga, Tenn. The iSeries units included two high-efficiency outdoor heat pumps, two indoor air handlers, a 4-inch-round flexible duct and 2-inch-round outlets that blend into the architecture.
Scott Intagliata, Unico marketing director, said the system is a third of the size of a traditional heating and air system yet removes 30 percent more moisture. The Unico system costs 25 to 30 percent more than a traditional heating and air system, but the homeowner will spend between 2 percent to 8 percent less annually to heat and cool their home, he said. The small size also helps maintain the architectural integrity of the homes, which range from Colonial style to architecture from the 1940s.
“There is a 20-inch crawl space under the home,” Intagliata said. “No other system could fit in that space.”
Cloudland Station has 15 completed homes and about 55 lots sold, with plans for 300 homes at build out, said John Tatum, CEO of developer Firefly Communities. Most homes range from $400,000-$700,000.