Radiant in Residential

Architect renovates home to include radiant floor heating

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:32

A Seattle architect took on a project to highlight the beauty of imperfection. The Seattle Times reported that Stephen Sullivan has always had an eye on one home in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill. In 1981, when he had just moved to Seattle from Boston, Sullivan lived across from a two-story gray box while staying with friends - decades later that gray New England Colonial would be his home.
According to the news source, Sullivan spent his time renovating the home from the ground up.
"I love the concept of palimpsest, scraping away and seeing the layers of what came previously. I do things done all the time. I do things done to the nth degree. Here I'm learning about imperfection. I don't need to make this house perfect," he told the news source. 
Almost everything in the property needed to be updated. As a result, Sullivan took on the project of installing efficient, comfort-providing technologies. The Seattle Times reported that he replaced the plumbing, wiring and heating systems. Installing a radiant floor heating system in the house was intended to help reduce operational costs and boost the comfort felt within the property. By laying the piping under the floors, Sullivan was able to provide consistent heat throughout the house, instead of relying on a less effective forced hot air system. In addition, because a radiant floor heating system is not physically intrusive and taking up space for vents, radiators or baseboard units, Sullivan was able to increase the usable square footage of key rooms. 
Using the right heating solution allows a homeowner to renovate an older house into a modern and efficient property that retains the character of older decades.