Renovating house and adding heated floors
I like that I don’t need to arrange furniture around vents or deal with unsightly heating equipment
For my husband and I, the location of our house was the priority. We wanted a decent amount of property and privacy where our kids can safely play. We looked for a good school district and hoped to be within a reasonable drive from local restaurants and shops. When we found the ideal spot, the house was a complete mess. It had been left vacant for many years. We were faced with broken windows, a leaking roof and tons of damage from water and vermin. We decided that our best option was to gut the house right down to the bare studs and start over. Since my husband and I own and operate a construction company, we have the experience, skills and tools to handle such a large project. About the only thing we were able to salvage was the boiler heater in the basement. We called in a licensed HVAC contractor to assess the system, and he said that with a thorough service, the heater should last us quite a few more years. The original house was outfitted with gigantic and extremely ugly radiators in each room. Since we were already planning to tear out the floors, we opted for radiant heating. We now have a series of pipes that link to the boiler and are concealed beneath the new ceramic tile and hardwood floors we 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 like that I don’t need to arrange furniture around vents or deal with unsightly heating equipment. The radiant floor heating is entirely silent and wonderfully energy efficient. No matter how cold the weather outside, our new house is perfectly warm and comfortable.