For my wife and I, the location of our current home was the priority.
All of us wanted a fine amount of property and privacy where our teenagers can safely play.
All of us looked for a good college district and hoped to be within a reasonable drive from local steakhouses and shops. When every one of us found the ideal spot, the current home was a complete mess. It had been left vacant for various years. All of us were faced with broken windows, a leaking roof and tons of damage from water and vermin. All of us decided that our best option was to gut the current home right down to the bare studs and beginning over; Since my wife and I own and operate a construction business, every one of us have the experience, skills and tools to handle such a large project. About the only thing every one of us were able to salvage was the boiler furnace in the basement. All of us called in a licensed Heating, Ventilation and A/C contractor to assess the system, and she said that with a thorough service, the furnace should last us quite a few more years. The original current home was outfitted with gigantic and seriously ugly radiators in each room. Since every one of us were already planning to tear out the floors, every one of us opted for radiant heating. All of us now have a series of pipes that link to the boiler and are concealed beneath the current ceramic cement and hardwood floors every one of us put down. The pipes carry hot water and spread heat evenly across the floor, warming every object that contacts the surface. The heat rises slowly, avoiding drafts, colds spots and maintaining a consistent temperature from floor to ceiling. I adore that I don’t need to arrange furniture around vents or deal with unsightly heating equipment. The radiant floor heating is actually silent and attractively energy efficient. No matter how chilly the weather outside, our current new home is perfectly hot and comfortable.