Radiant in Residential

Achieve a minimalist look without sacrificing comfort with radiant floor heating

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:24

A Lincoln Park home is demonstrating the power of a minimalist look in a small space. Brock and Liz Haldeman purchased a 25-by-125-foot city lot in 2011 and began the process of making the empty, miniscule space into a home. Chicago Magazine reported that the couple hired architects Mark Peters of Studio Dwell, who designed the shell, and Patrizio Fradiani of Studio F, who worked on the interior. Together, the architects created a minimalist oasis for the couple.
According to the news source, the vertical space is filled with plenty of natural light that is let in through frosted glass windows, crisp geometric furnishings allow rooms to appear larger and no square footage is wasted. To accomplish the task of making every inch of space usable, the homeowners invested in a radiant floor heating system. The technology lies unseen underneath the floorboards and unlike other more traditional systems like baseboard units, vents or radiators, does not stick out or limit the flow of the space. 
In addition to providing the homeowners the use of the greatest amount of space possible, radiant floor heating also improves the comfort individuals can feel in the home. The technology provides a consistent flow of warmth throughout the entire building. Unlike traditional systems that push hot air around a space, a radiant floor heating system uses the science of conduction to bounce heated air molecules from the floors to the ceiling. Because heat is being created at the floor level and travels up, individuals get to experience the greatest warmth in the spaces they occupy, instead of letting all of the heat pool at the ceilings as it rises. 
In a modern space like this one, using a radiant floor heating system was the best option for the homeowners.