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Face it; we’ve all been there. The early morning alarm buzzes, you pad into the bathroom to take a shower and eek! you’re greeted with cold floors. What? I’m not the only one?

I suppose there’s more to radiant floor heating than the luxurious benefit of having warm-to-the-touch tile (like energy savings due to convection and increased return on investment) but to be honest, Husband and I installed it for the sheer purpose of pampering our tootsies. A small price to pay and a simple installation process that will skyrocket the average bathroom into serious spa-like territory; the other stuff is just a nice bonus.

We chose Laticrete’s radiant floor heat kit after hearing reviews of an affordable and simple installation. And honestly? The process was simple indeed (with the exception of leveling the tile, but that’s a post for another week!), thanks to this handy radiant heating floor installation tutorial. The entire installation took half-a-day and we can’t wait to test the results on our chilly toes.

Of course, we’ll be watching our electric bill to see if the new floor really does save us money (the programmable thermostat should help). When we move in, I’ll let you know how we fared! We’ll also be posting pictures of the finished bathroom down the road, so you can judge us on how well we leveled those tiles!

Until then, if you’re in the market for radiant floor heating, I’ve rounded up some great resources that will help you decide whether it’s right for you.

- Types, tips and benefits of radiant floor heating
- Energy efficiency and radiant heating
- A guide to radiant floor heating for homeowners

Enjoy!

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  3. Israrul says:

    Kathy, I wish I knew of an easy button’ to cgnhae public perceptions of the value of our art Yes it’s an art in a medium that is totally undervalued. Perhaps it is because of the venue for which it is created not art for art’s sake but for a marketing tool. Perhaps our emphasis that 3D rendering as a part of the building process is where we’ve become misguided. There is no part of the building process in today’s market that is not subject to value engineering or devaluing entirely from the design process, the quality of the doors and windows to the quantity of nails. Maybe we need to think of 3D rendering more as a graphic art and market it accordingly. Why shouldn’t those in the residential construction industry have to pay the same as any other industry for the marketing processes and materials? It never ceases to amaze me when a client with a multi-million-dollar project balks at design fees that are usually less than 3 percent of the total project cost. The first thing that gets cut from the design package is the rendering.I’m in the process of putting together a proposal for services for a marketing company that represents several cabinet manufacturers. I would be providing design and drafting services for their dealers that don’t have in-house design capability. While it’s unlikely that most projects will require 3D rendering work (ray tracing in Chief), it is a service that I am definitely going to offer and I’ll expect to get paid the value of my time and talent. It isn’t usually necessary to provide photo-realistic renderings for cabinet dealers to sell cabinets but there are rare occasions where it is requested. I’ll continue to create 3D rendering in Chief as a hobby so long as I have time because I thoroughly enjoy it. I couldn’t make a living at it even when times were good.

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