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What’s a Design-Build Firm, Anyway?

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Design-Build Defined

“Design-build” is a term you’ve likely come across during your project research. You may have seen design-build grouped with other remodeling options, like general contractors and designers.

But, what does that mean for you, the homeowner? Is a design-build firm the right direction to go for your project? What’s the difference between a design-build firm like FBC Remodel and other partners?

Let’s take a look at design-build, and how it compares to other partner options.

As a homeowner using design-build, you will have one central point of contact from design to construction. Design-build requires only one contract between the homeowner and all parties involved. Unlike independent contractors, design-build firms house all remodel phases under one roof.

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With a design-build firm, you work with a dedicated designer and project manager to create a dream space inside your home. The designer helps you build and clarify your vision to create a look and function you’ll love.

Your designer and project manager begin collaborating early in the design phase so that construction and costs are considered early in the process. Once the plan and budget are finalized, construction begins. 

Your designer and project manager continue to collaborate with you throughout construction. Your project manager communicates with you daily to share project updates, and your designer is available for changes to the design and to consult through the construction process. This model of service provides direct support for homeowners to help reduce stress during the process.

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Other Remodeling Partners

  • A general contractor is ideal for specifically defined projects — such as updating flooring or finishes. A contractor handles the construction piece of the project, providing the labor and materials.
  • An architect plans and designs your project. Architects differ from interior decorators, as they are experts in space planning. An architect helps homeowners conceptualize and rearrange their space. It’s important to note, though, architects cannot carry out the construction phase of your project.
  • Builders and custom builders often outsource the design phase of the remodel. Builders handle the project management and construction piece of the project, working off of a design that’s already provided.
  • Design studios or showrooms sell finishes and materials directly to the homeowner. Showrooms often have designers on staff as consultants, to provide design recommendations to clients. They tend to have less expertise in space planning and extensive renovations.
  • An interior designer crafts the aesthetic of your space. They create a functional, fitting design based on your needs. Interior designers often specialize in the decoration of the home. 

To sum up, the right partner for your project is directly determined by your needs. If you simply need to swap out a few finishes, an interior designer or showroom may be the best fit. If your project is intended to improve the fit, function, and lifestyle of the home, then design-build is likely to meet your needs. 

Benefits of Using a Design-Build Firm Like FBC

FBC Remodel has been using the design-build model since its conception in 1997. Fluidity between design and construction is what makes for the greatest spaces.

Here’s why:

  • A tried and true process: Design-build firms have a proven, streamlined process. This kind of process allows you, as the homeowner, to have a clear picture of what your experience will look like. 
  • An efficient timeline: With a firm like FBC, your designer and builder are on the same team. Engineers and/or project managers work with the designers early on in the process. This helps our team establish a game plan to catch issues early and build a timeline that’s efficient. Timelines are shorter and change orders are fewer.
  • A mindful budget: The design-build process allows you to set a clear and reliable budget. Design-build teams plan projects early on to create innovative plans within the budget you have. Each plan is custom, allowing your budget to capture more of what you want than a “per square foot” model of pricing. 
  • High-quality results: Design-build firms are responsible for quality control — from start to finish. At FBC, the homeowner’s happiness is our focus throughout the entire process. We take this promise very seriously!

Free Design-Build Remodel Consultations in Denver, Minneapolis, and Naperville.

If you’re looking for a collaborative design-build firm that can improve your lifestyle through award-winning design and a proven construction process, it’s time to contact a design-build firm like FBC.

We encourage you to experience the first phase of the design process yourself. A design consultation is a great time to ask questions and get to know the process. 

You can find a list of questions and talking points to find the right partner here.

Call today for a free design consult and feel the difference for yourself.

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  • 6 Secrets to a Successful Remodel
  • Project Planning Worksheet
  • Roles in a Remodeling Project
  • Choosing the Right Remodeling Partner

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Your Design Consultation Checklist

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Get the Most From Your Design Consult

You’ve begun your remodel journey, and you can’t wait to get started. Finding the right design partner to craft your dream space is the first step. You’ve booked a few design consultations to compare quotes and company processes. You’re looking for a collaborative partner that can bring your dreams to life and take your home to the next level.

To help you get the most from your design consult, our team created two checklists. They include talking points and questions that help you choose the best firm, contractor, or designer:

Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

  1. What makes your company different from other remodelers?
  2. Tell me about some past projects you’ve done that are like mine.
  3. What should I expect with your process?
  4. Do I have to put money down or pay a fee to see the designs for my space?
  5. How disruptive will the construction process be?
  6. Are your designs customized?
  7. Is it possible to do what I’m looking to do with this space?
  8. What trends are you seeing in design that we should consider or be aware of?
  9. What if I change my mind on how I want the design to look during the process?
  10. How do you handle unexpected issues during the construction process?
  11. Do you guarantee the pricing you provide me at the time of estimate?
  12. Do you guarantee the project construction timeline?

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Talking Points for Your Consultation

  1. The purpose behind your remodel. Is your project to help improve the daily fit and function of your space? Are you remodeling to raise the resale value of the home? A combination of both? How long do you plan to live in your home?
  2. The ideal function of your space. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want this space to do for you? How will this space impact your everyday life?
  3. What a day in the life of your home looks like. Do you have young children that need a play space? Do you want to create a space that’s easier to maneuver? Do you want to create more space within your existing square footage?
  4. The look you’re going for. What’s your design style? Do you feel your home currently fits your style? If so, is it important we continue those elements throughout your remodeled space? What trends, colors, and looks do you want to see in the finished product?
  5. What general budget you are working with. During your consultation, your designer can provide a ballpark range for your project. It’s important to be on the same page and set expectations going into your project. It’s also a good idea to ask when, in the process, you’ll get your final project price.
  6. What you don’t want to see with your space. What are some deal breakers for you with this project? What are some design elements you hate that our designers should know about?
  7. Any lingering concerns you have about remodeling in general. What would keep you from moving forward with the project? If you’ve completed a remodel project before, be sure to tell your designer all about that experience.
  8. Your schedule. What does your availability look like for possible future appointments and the construction phase?

Free Interior Design Consultations in Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago

Design consultations are a great way to get to know a potential remodeling partner. You’ll learn if they share your values and have a process that meets your needs.

At FBC, winning trust from our homeowners through award-winning design is priceless.

Considering a remodel for all or part of your home? Get in touch with our Design Coordinator to schedule a complimentary, at-home consultation. We can’t wait to talk to you about your project!

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FBC at the Cherry Creek Art Festival

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This 4th of July weekend, the FBC Remodel team was all about the Cherry Creek Arts festival

We always say “yes” to taking part in local festivals in the Denver area because it gives us an opportunity to spend time with the communities we love most. 

Our team got to meet hundreds of Denverites over the weekend and share our inspired designs, host an exciting raffle, as well as share invites to our next event, our Wine & Design event. 

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Considering a remodel project in the near future? FBC Remodel offers completely free at-home design consultations for homeowners in the Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago areas. This consult gives you and your family an opportunity to meet with one of our expert designers to get to know us, our process, and (most importantly) talk about your home and what you’d like to do with your space. 

Give us a call today to chat with our design coordinator about your project!

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3 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Remodel

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Prep for Your Next Remodel

As a homeowner, you’re always thinking about the next project.

Perhaps you had concentrated on finishing a basement, updating a kitchen, or making the most of your living room space for your first remodel adventure. You love the finished product and have been dreaming about “phase two” ever since.

How do you know if you’re ready for your next project? What space do you invest in? Is now the right time?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when preparing for a second (or third, or fourth!) remodel in your home:

 

1) What is the Goal or Intention Behind the Remodel?

A question our designers always ask at the start of our design process is, “do you plan on living in your home for a while?”. This helps us get an idea of the motivation behind wanting to remodel — for personal/functional reasons or to improve the resale value of the home. Both are great reasons to remodel, but we simply encourage you to give extra thought behind your intention to create a proper vision of how you want to utilize that space.

For instance, if you are remodeling for increased resale value, our design team would recommend trendy features that would be most likely to appeal to the average buyer. If you are remodeling for functional reasons, like a designated workout area to accommodate a busy lifestyle, our suggestions will be more geared towards function and problem-solving rather than the resale value being the primary focus.

This question will also help you figure out the when of your next project –whether or not this project can wait.

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2) How Do You Want the Space to Function?

When function and flow don’t fit your lifestyle, it’s time to remodel.

Perhaps you finished your basement to create a playspace for your young children but you find a lot of time is still spent in the less-spacious living room. Maybe you love to entertain guests in the kitchen, but it’s closed off spacially from the rest of your common areas and your pantry door hits the island when you open it.

Ask yourself — what are the hangups of your space that can be remedied with a remodel? How would a remodel change the way you use that space? The area with the most foot traffic and functional issues would likely end up being your main focus for the next project.

 

3) Are You as Excited About This Project as the Last?

Think about what inspired you most during your last project. Did you love entertaining friends in your new space? Was the best part creating a cozier space? Did the remodel create more space and functionality?

Be cognizant of those values and make sure you are just as motivated about this project as you were the last. If you are remodeling “just because”, it could still be a great time to remodel, we just encourage you to work with your design team to create a space that truly makes you feel inspired. That’s what we’re here for!

 

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With FBC Remodel, we challenge you to dream up perfection with your remodel. Our design team works with you to make sure your dream space is brought to life. We do this all while conducting a smooth, low-stress design-build process families in Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago can get excited for.

Whether it’s your first adventure into remodeling or you have worked with us in the past, you’re in good hands. Contact our team for a free design consultation.

 

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Summer 2019 Trends: Finding Joy in Design

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Summer 2019 Trends: Finding Joy in Design

Whether you’ve read one of her books or watched the Netflix series, Marie Kondo’s “tidying up” method is a state of mind – and a way of life – that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in one’s life. If an object no longer brings you joy, she encourages you to part with it.

We challenge you to think about this concept as you reflect on your home’s look and feel:

  • Does your home bring you joy?  
  • Do the spaces/rooms within your home bring you joy?  
  • Does it fit your family?
  • Does the space meet your entertaining needs?  

If some or all of these answers are “no”, it may be time to ask yourself:

  • What needs to change to have a home that I feel comfortable in?
  • How can I design a home I can’t wait to come home to?
  • What can transform my home into one I love to entertain in?
  • What kind of home design can I see myself making forever memories in?

It’s time to figure out what you can change to finally make you wholeheartedly say: “My home brings me joy”.  

Summer 2019 Home Design Trends

Our team of expert designers is here to help, whether or not you renovate your home with us! Helping homeowners create their dream space is what brings us joy, and we want to share all the insight we can with you.

Our Design Trends Guide highlights a number of trending design elements that are sure to inspire:

Grey walls and dark floors have been on-trend for some time, but we’re now seeing a move away from darker tones to make way for naturally stained floors, white walls, and bold accent colors that are used in unexpected (but stunning!) ways. Homes are embracing natural materials — like stone, copper, and concrete — with warm undertones that evoke a calm, crisp, and clean feel. This style trend is largely influenced by the mid-century Scandinavian time period.

We’re also seeing a trend of embracing the neutral and natural — white walls, black windows, and natural wood grain, particularly walnut and oak. Vintage and industrial lighting are also popular in 2019 homes, as well as caramel-colored leather and black and brass fixtures.

One of the most exciting summer trends we’ve noticed is the use of bold, fun accents. Homeowners are bringing the outdoors inside with adventurous green fixtures — huge house plants, green furniture, and accessories. Pale pink accents, patterned tile, and textural accent walls are bringing creative energy and a breath of fresh air into homes!

Get Creative with Unused Spaces

With larger, spacious homes, it can become overwhelming to figure out how to best utilize your space. This often results in unused spaces that are “staged” but never truly lived in. Consider these unused spaces a thing of the past, as we are seeing homeowners challenging themselves to turn spaces like formal dining rooms, sitting rooms, closed in home theaters, and game areas into functional, livable, and most importantly, fun, spaces! Homes are meant to be lived in, so don’t be afraid to get creative and find what works!

Spacial Trends We Are Seeing in 2019

Our team has noticed a wave, in recent years, of home gyms and designated workout spaces. Families are becoming more health conscious every year, but many aren’t finding the time to drive to a gym to work out. Home gyms are a popular way families are able to prioritize health while making most of their time at home.

The kitchen still remains the heart of the home, as it has been for some time, but we’ve noticed an evolution to the kitchen becoming a multi-use space. The kitchen is for preparing food (obviously), but other elements — like the island, dining table, or bar — are popular for entertaining guests and socializing. Take a moment to think about what your kitchen’s space can do for you!

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Day after day, families come to us to help them solve a problem — their house doesn’t bring them joy.

Sometimes the home simply needs an aesthetic makeover and other times it requires a major renovation to best utilize the space. As much as we love and recommend current design trends, we always stress that none of that matters unless it aligns with the homeowner’s dream and vision.

At FBC Remodel, we partner with our incredible clients to create spaces that truly matter to them. We produce spaces they will make memories in, want to come home to, and, most importantly, brings them joy.

 

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How To Handle Water Issues in Your Basement

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How To Handle Water Issues in Your Basement

Some homeowners interested in remodeling their basement are concerned with existing water issues in the space. Finished Basement Company has the knowledge and expertise to help our clients through water issues ranging from simple to the more complicated. Ideally, the goal is to find the best solution to help achieve the end goal of creating an amazing space for our clients. Some steps to evaluating these concerns are listed here.

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1. Evaluate the perimeter of your house

Ensure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from the foundation, not towards it. Back filled dirt around the foundation will typically settle lower than the surrounding dirt causing the ground to sink in and slope towards your house. If necessary, add dirt up against the foundation to create at least a 2″ per foot (that is, a drop of 2″ for each foot you move away) slope against the foundation. Make sure that the top of the dirt is at least six inches below the sill plate so that no ground contact exists which may cause certain building materials to rot in the future.

2. Make sure your gutters are clean

Regularly maintain and clean out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are discharging their water at least 5 feet away from your foundation.

3. Watch out for shrubs and other plants that are too close to your foundation

Rotted roots can create a path for surface water to flow down to your foundation. You should keep plantings at least 12″ away from the foundation and on a slight slope to direct water away from your foundation.

4. Try to waterproof your walls

Try using a product such as Drylok or Xypex if you have minor, intermittent leaks. Drylok is a waterproofer, not a water sealer. It expands as it dries to become part of the wall. Xypex is more like applying a waterproof concrete on the surface that will bond with it. Because Xypex relies on the presence of moisture to form its waterproof crystalline structure if a Xypex application does have small areas of water leakage they will seal themselves as they cycle through moisture. Xypex is also 2-4 times as expensive as Drylok. One problem with these solutions is that groundwater which is underneath your basement floor or at the bottom of the walls is under significant pressure due to the weight of groundwater above it pressing down [and therefore??].

5. Repair defects in poured concrete walls

Defects in concrete walls such as cracks and the places where pipes and form tie rods go through the concrete need to be repaired and maintained. If you see a crack in a concrete wall it goes all the way through the wall to the outside and is a potential source of water. For cracks that will not experience any thermal or structural movement, DRYLOK Fast Plug is very effective in sealing cracks in the masonry. Another reliable way to repair a wall crack is with an injection of construction-grade epoxy that penetrates the crack all the way from inside to outside, bottom to top. Generally, an experienced crack repair technician is the best choice for this. Do-it-yourself kits of epoxy and polyurethane systems are available, but are less reliable.

6. Consider installing a sump

A sump is essentially a hole in your basement floor which contains a pump. When the water level in the sump rises too high, a pump kicks on and draws the water out of the sump, discharging it outside the house, usually 10 or more feet from the foundation. Installing a sump requires a moderate degree of skill and experience, since it involves jack hammering or otherwise creating a hole in the concrete floor of your basement, excavating a hole, placing a liner in the hole, wiring the sump pump itself, and plumbing an outlet from the pump to the outdoors.

7. Try a French drain (or perimeter drain) for serious water issues

A French drain consists of a continuous system of piping, running beneath the floor of the basement and along the entire perimeter of the basement. Installing a French drain is similar to installing a sump, but requires cutting and removing an approximately 12″ wide strip of basement floor along the entire perimeter of the basement, digging a 12″ deep trench, filling it with coarse gravel surrounding the drain pipe, then re-pouring a concrete floor to cover it all up. A French drain will always include a sump and pump for removing any water which gets into the drain system.

8. Have a professional inject Hydroclay around of your foundation

Hydroclay is a waterproofing version of Bentonite Clay, known for its ability to absorb large amounts of water. Usually pumped from the outside, the clay fills in voids and follows the pathways water uses to get inside your foundation permanently sealing the basement.

Each of these ideas offers potential solutions to a basement’s water issues. The uniqueness of each property’s soil type or external material can result in varying effectiveness of each of these solutions. If you are concerned about these issues, speak with a professional to ensure that the steps you take to waterproof are effective.

Project of the Month: The Miles Family

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PROJECT OF THE MONTH: THE MILES FAMILY

Like many homeowners, the Miles family used to use their basement space for storage. After partnering with Finished Basement company, we were able to help turn that storage space into an additional living area that maximized an under 1000 foot space. Our talented designers work hard to be sure that our homeowners can make the most of any space, and for the Miles family, the result was a beautiful, open, and unified with the style of their home.

Where did your initial design inspiration come from? (i.e. Pinterest, Houzz, homewalkthrough, FBC website, etc.)

(Miles) Many of our initial design ideas came from magazines like Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Interior Design. However, most of the designs were in areas larger than our basement space. So, we were very interested in seeing what our principal designer and the team would design for our space.

How did your designer(s) collaborate with you to create the final designs?

(Miles) Our principal designer listened carefully to our wants/needs to ensure she and the team designed a space we’d love. It was important that the basement looked unified with the Mediterranean style of our home. We didn’t want the basement space to look like an after-thought.

What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

(Miles) After the design came to life, we really enjoyed seeing the process come to fruition through updates on Builder Trend. Our space was initially just used for storage, but as each step progressed it was amazing to see the additional living space we’d soon enjoy.

Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

(Miles) Our two biggest concerns were that our less than 1000sq foot space looked as roomy as possible, and that the climate was adequately controlled. From the beginning the design team offered suggestions that would enhance the openness of the space. Their results were terrific. The space suits our needs perfectly! The team also had a HVAC analysis done early in the process to ensure our climate control needs were met.

What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

(Miles) After the design came to life, we really enjoyed seeing the process come to fruition through updates on Builder Trend. Our space was initially just used for storage, but as each step progressed it was amazing to see the additional living space we’d soon enjoy.

Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

(Miles) Our two biggest concerns were that our less than 1000sq foot space looked as roomy as possible, and that the climate was adequately controlled. From the beginning the design team offered suggestions that would enhance the openness of the space. Their results were terrific. The space suits our needs perfectly! The team also had a HVAC analysis done early in the process to ensure our climate control needs were met.

How did your project manager address any issues or set-backs during the construction process?

(Miles) Our project manager was excellent in keeping us updating, discussing a delay, and letting us know why. His communication was very helpful and helped make the process go smoothly.

What is your family’s favorite element of your newly finished space?

(Miles) We love the entire space! We most often use the family room/bar area for relaxing and entertaining. We’re very pleased with FBC!

Project of the Month: The Peters Family

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Project of the Month: The Peters Family

It all starts with an idea. We contemplate the look and feel we want our space to have. But usually, we aren’t sure how to bring that idea to life. Every client comes to us with a unique design idea. Our designers use their training and talents to bring those ideas to fruition. The Peters family recently had that very experience. From small details and personal touches, their designer not only met the Peters’ space needs, but blew them away with more than they could imagine.

FBC: Where did your initial design inspiration come from?

{Peters}: We knew the feeling we wanted to have from our basement. We wanted it to be cozy and a bit rustic — a haven to relax and create memories as a family. But we didn’t want to replicate what we had in other areas of the home. So, we forced ourselves to think outside of the box as far as traditional basement layouts or what was designed for the space by our initial home builder. We decided to place the fireplace as a central focal point for the basement and designed the lounge and TV room around the fire to take advantage of that warmth.

As opposed to a traditional bar area, we created a lounge that would be more conducive to conversations with friends. Upstairs in our kitchen we found ourselves entertaining friends and family by standing around our kitchen island, so we didn’t want to replicate that design. We decided on a lounge space to replace a more traditional “bar” as we thought this would be different and unique from the feeling of other spaces in our home. Natalie managed to twist Ryan’s arm into getting a sauna as well, adding even more warmth during the cold MN winter months.

FBC: How did your designer(s) collaborate with you to create the final designs?

{Peters}: Our Finished Basement Company designers were tuned into our taste from conversations and our “tags” on Houzz. They made suggestions that fell right in line with our dream basement. They were also very conscious of our budget and made adjustments to the design to fall in line with what we had outlined.

FBC: What was your favorite part of the design-build process and why?

{Peters}: Seeing it all come together and picking out materials as a team. I am usually very particular and take a lot of time to make decisions. They narrowed in on our taste and made suggestions that made the process very fast and easy for us.

FBC: Prior to the project, what were some of your biggest concerns, and how did your project team help address them?

{Peters}: Our budget! We weren’t sure that everything on our dream list would be attainable. Finished Basement Company helped us adapt our plan to get the basement we wanted and also stayed within our budget.

FBC: How did your project manager address any issues or set-backs during the construction process?

{Peters}: They were always quick to respond. If we had any concern, they’d address it right away.

FBC: What is your family’s favorite element of your newly finished space?

{Peters}: We love creating new memories together as a family. We just finished decorating the space for the holidays, and we can’t wait to enjoy the space for special moments in the future.

FBC: How do you use your finished space? (i.e. day to day, entertaining, kids parties, crafting, etc.)

{Peters}: We use the space as a getaway and relaxation space as much as we can. We watch movies together as a family, sit by the fire, entertain friends, host parties, host Girl Scout meetings, and have spa days together in the sauna.

FBC: Any other thoughts or feedback from the project!

{Peters}: We love the space more than we could have imagined. I hosted a party with some girlfriends a few weeks ago, and we received so many compliments. Everyone felt that it was the perfect space for entertaining, and a very cool new addition to the house.

 

Square Footage: 1,000 – 1,500 sq. ft.
Price: $110,000–$150,000
Style: Transitional, Rustic

Radiant Floor Heating: Pros and Cons

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Radiant Floor Heating: Pros and Cons

Radiant floor heating is NOT a fancy new trend. This method of climate control has been used for centuries, dating back as early as Early Roman times. As with any construction method, there are pros and cons. In many applications, the pros will outweigh the cons. If a homeowner is considering radiant floor heating, they should research their options and obtain the professional opinion of a designer, project manager and installer.

FBC Remodel | Home RemodelingWhat is radiant floor heating? According to Scientific American, “Underfloor radiant heating involves under laying the floor with a hot element or tubing that transfers heat into the room via infrared radiation and convection, obviating the need for forced or blowing air”. This method has been used for centuries! Ancient Romans heated their spaces with a similar in-floor method. Radiant floor heating can be retro-fitted to a space or can be applied to new construction.

FBC Remodel Home Remodeling | Radiant Floor HeatingWhy is radiant floor heating a good method of climate control? Efficiency is an important consideration in any design. Most applications allow for radiant floor heating to be far more efficient than forced air heating because energy is not being lost in the duct. When forced air is not used, ducts will no longer be required. Eliminating ducts and forced air will greatly reduce heat lost, cold and hot spots, and airborne dust and allergens. See the diagram below to get a visual of how the heat is dispersed through a space using forced air versus radiant floor heat. The diagram clearly shows that temperature is more consistent using radiant floor heat. When the heating is consistent in a space, less energy will be used to keep the space at a certain temperature, ultimately lowering energy costs.

Are there any reasons not to consider radiant floor heat? Everything about radiant floor heat sounds positive, but there are always cons to consider in any construction application. Radiant floor heating has a higher upfront cost due to the increased amount of labor with the install. If a hard surface is being used, radiant floor heating can be installed with in-floor tubing such as what is pictured below. If a wood floor or carpet is used, warm board will be applied under the finished floor. Warm board can be more costly but allows for all types of flooring to be applied and have radiant floor heat.
In many retrofit applications, radiant floor heat can be an incredible cost saving alternative to forced air. This type of flooring is ideal for any homeowner concerned with dust, allergens, and energy efficiency.

For more information, check out these resources below:

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/benefits-radiant-heating-bathroom-floors.htm
https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-radiant-floor-heating-cost.htm
http://www.bobvila.com/articles/2161-radiant-floor-heating-101/#.V71JEHpWUto
http://www.bobvila.com/articles/radiant-heating-history/#.V71LZXpWUto
http://www.bobvila.com/articles/installing-radiant-heat/#.V71L-npWUto