Radiant in Residential

Couple renovates home into luxury abode - complete with radiant flooring heating

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 12:33

Chris Nicholls and Lorca Moore are used to the finer things in life. Nicholls is a fashion photographer and Moore is a model and photo retouch specialist. The Globe and Mail reports that both have traveled to some of the most unique places in the world on assignments and wanted their home to represent the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.

As a result, they searched for an architect who would remodel their home and make it into the luxury site they dreamed about.

"I thought about the process of the house as the building of an image," said architect Drew Mandel, according to the news source. "Chris and Lorca spend their days making images and their comments throughout the process were informed by that creative process."

The juxtaposition of the exterior architecture and the mix of modern and rustic design for the interior allows the home to have a unique vibe for a special family. The spaces had to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical for the couple, who have several children to care for, as well as run their business from the home.

Windows are strategically placed to allow as much natural light as possible in the home, while radiant floor heating warms the interior of the house. Comfort was an important factor for Nicholls and Moore and they wanted to feel welcomed and relaxed when they stepped over the threshold of the house.

The energy-efficient heating solution was a primary concern for the family, who wanted to reduce utility expenses and remove bulky ducts.

"Some clients you wouldn’t ever entertain that because they’d never open a window and they want the 100-mile-an-hour air conditioning, but I think these guys live a bit more modestly," Mandell told the news source.