Types of Radiant Heating For A Dallas Home Remodeling Project

Choosing Radiant Heating For Your Dallas Home Remodel

Sometimes it is the unseen elements in a home remodel that take the design from excellent to extraordinary. When winter comes around, there is nothing quite as luxurious as walking into a bathroom or kitchen in bare feet and feeling the warmth of a radiant heating system.

There are some options for adding the luxury of radiant heating to your home. Systems are available that supply heat to walls as well as floors. A radiant heat system relies on radiant heat transfer – it delivers heat directly to the room via infrared radiation. It is the same principle that allows you to feel the heat from a hot stovetop from across the room.


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The Advantages of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating offers homeowners some advantages. It is more effective than baseboard heating and almost always more efficient than forced-hot-air because it eliminated heat loss through ductwork. For homeowners with allergies, radiant heating is perfect because it doesn’t distribute allergens like forced hot air, plus there’s never any expense for filter replacement.

Hydronic systems (liquid-based systems) use little electricity which is a benefit for homeowners off the grid or in areas with high electricity costs. Hydronic systems use a variety of energy sources to heat the liquid including standard gas or oil furnaces, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters or any combination.

Radiant floor heat relies on the concept of convection. This is the natural circulation of heat within the room as the air warmed by the floor rises. Radiant floor systems are very different than the radiant panels used on walls. Let’s look at each of these options.

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Radiant Floor Heating

The two general types of radiant floor heating are electric and hydronic. These two types of systems can be further categorized by the installation method used. There are two different types of installation. Those that use the large thermal mass of concrete slab floor or lightweight concrete over wood are called “wet” installations. Those that are installed either between plywood subfloor or attaches tubing under the finished floor is called “dry” installation.

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Let’s explore each of these systems a little more in depth.

Electric Floor Systems

Electric systems consist of electric cables built into the floor. These systems cover the wires with electrically conductive plastic mats mounted on the subfloor below the finished tile or hardwood floor. Electrical costs can be high in certain areas, and as a result, electric radiant floors are most efficient if there is significant thermal mass, like a thick concrete slab. If the floor’s thermal mass is large enough, the heat stored in the slab will keep a home comfortable for eight to ten hours with only minimal electrical use. Electric radiant floors are also an excellent choice for a home addition where it is impractical or cost prohibitive to extend the heating system into the new space.

Hydronic Floor Systems

Hydronic systems are the most popular and cost-effective choice. Hydronic radiant heating systems pump heated water through tubing laid under the floor. In some systems control of the flow can be controlled using zoning valves and thermostats to regulate room temperature. The cost of installation can vary depending on the size and location of your home, the floor covering and labor.

Floor Coverings

Ceramic tile or natural stone is the most common and effective floor coverings to use with a radiant heat system. It can be used with vinyl, linoleum, carpeting or wood, but if the floor covering insulates the floor from the room, radiant heat efficiency is decreased.

Radiant Panels

Wall and ceiling mounted radiant panels are typically made of aluminum and can be either electrical or hydronic. Hydronic systems for homes can raise concerns about leaking with some homeowners. Most commercially available panels are electric.

Like any form of electric heat, panels can be expensive to operate but can be an excellent source of heating in areas that don’t experience extended periods of cold weather, like Dallas. They can provide supplemental heat in some rooms, can be used to heat an addition when extended the existing heating system can be impractical or not cost effective.

Panel systems have the fastest response time of any heating system, and panels can be individually controlled for each room. These features can make them extremely cost and energy efficient compared to other systems. When entering a room, you can increase the temperature setting and be comfortable within minutes.

Radiant heating can be a luxurious addition to your home remodeling project. Imagin never having to step on a cold kitchen or bathroom floor again. Using heat panels throughout your home can create comfort zones that can be adjusted as needed and can be efficient to operate both environmentally and financially. If you’re looking for a solution to supplement your existing heat, or need to add heat to a space in your home, but have been prevented by the cost of extending your system, consider installing a radiant heat system.

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Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

Learn Why Design Build Remodeling Is A Better Choice for Homeowners

A design build remodeler re-consolidates the functions of design and construction under one roof rather than parceling it out between an architect or designer and a building contractor. A design-builder is not appropriate for some homes.  Large-scale high-tech, designer homes may still require the talents of a registered architect. But for the rest of us, design-build is the ideal way to build — combining design creativity and building expertise in one source for absolute coordination of effort, maximum efficiency, and lowest cost. If you desire to learn more about our peocess Click Here, if you prefer to have in-person consultation where you can ask any questions you have Click Here and we’ll contact you soon!
Here are the reasons design build is better.

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Improved Accountability

A key feature of design-build is that it fixes one source of responsibility. This concept is known as “Single Point of Accountability.” Single Point of Accountability requires you to deal with one and only one entity. Your design-builder representative is present at every meeting and is the channel for all communication. Where design and building are split between designer and separate builder, there are multiple points of responsibility, and in the event of a misunderstanding or dispute, you may end up becoming the mediator between the designer’s plan and the builder’s implementation — a role for which you are ordinarily not well prepared.

Design Build Time Savings

Because design and construction are overlapped, and bidding periods and redesign time are eliminated, total design and construction time can be significantly reduced. Design-build is ideal for the application of “fast-track” construction techniques. Procurement and construction work begins before the working drawings are fully completed. The resulting time savings translates into lower costs and earlier occupancy. On average, design build remodeling is 33% faster that traditional design-bid-build projects.

The Value of Design Build Remodeling

When design and crafts people work jointly on a plan, the designer has the benefits of the craftsman’s knowledge of how things get built, and can early on find more efficient ways of building, and cost-saving material substitutions. This process, generally known as “value engineering” is easier to accomplish when builders and designers work as one team. And the results can be plugged into the budget earlier so that savings in one place can result in added features in another. The cost savings resulting from the process are real allowing you to invest in higher quality materials like custom kitchen cabinetry.

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Reduced Administrative Burden

Because design-build is a fully integrated process, your administrative burden is much reduced. You are not required to coordinate and arbitrate between separate design and construction providers. This reduces the inevitable stress of remodeling and permits you to focus on what is needed to speed the project to completion, like making the timely decisions that are certain to be necessary at various points in the construction process.

Accurate Project Estimating

Firmer cost estimates are known far earlier in the process. The design-builder can be estimating construction costs at the same time he is formulating the concept designs. In fact, they must have a good idea of these costs, because a big part of a preliminary design is trading off features to reduce costs. This gives you an early opportunity for a “go, no go” decision. If the project is proving unaffordable, it can be scrapped or radically redesigned before proceeding to the much more expensive working drawing phase. This early cost forecasting is not available in the design-bid-build process. Actual costs are not known until bids are received. Before bids can be let, the final construction blueprints must be drafted. So the process is much further along before firm cost figures are available.

Design Build Reduces Errors

When the design has an error, it will be caught in the construction stage, but often not soon enough to be fixed inexpensively. For example, the architect has specified a 30″ cabinet where only a 24″ cabinet can fit. The builder has ordered the cabinet based on the specifications but comes time to install it, the mistake is discovered — it won’t fit. Not only is the right cabinet going to have to be reordered, but also there is no refund on the wrong cabinet (after all the cabinet maker made the cabinet he was instructed to make), and there is going to be a time delay until the right cabinet arrives. Now the finger pointing starts. The builder says the designer should not have made the mistake. The architect says the builder should have remeasured before he ordered the cabinets, and could have caught the mistake early on. You, caught in the middle, usually end up paying most of the cost of the error. With design-build, the great majority of such errors are caught very early, so they don’t slow down the construction, and any errors that do occur in the design or building process are solely the responsibility of the design-build team. The design-builder pays for errors, not you.
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A high-end, custom-designed kitchen or bathroom is a major investment. With Joseph & Berry, you will not only get the home of your dreams; you’ll be working with professionals who understand the design build process and work hard to bring you the best possible service. Give us a call and let us bring your creative vision to life! Call us now: (800) 371-8970

Attaining The Perfect Home Remodel | A Planning & Process Guide

Are You Planning a Home Remodel? Here Are Some Tips to Get You There Successfully! Attaining Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

A home remodel can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a complex job filled with product and color choices along with the task of maintaining a budget and finding the right design-build firm to complete the work.

Whether you’re considering a kitchen remodel, creating the perfect master suite, or adding an addition, with planning, research, a developed creative vision, and the right contractor, you can complete your project successfully and create the perfect space for you and your family to enjoy for many years to come.

The following steps can help you to plan and execute a successful home remodel.

FIRST, DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE VISION

Even before you seek out a contractor, have a plan. Start to develop a creative vision for your project. Your entire project from planning, design, and budget comes down to your knowing exactly what you want at the beginning of the project. Be prepared to answer questions like the following;

  • What is the overall style you are looking to achieve? Choose something you’ll want to live with for years to come. (Traditional, Contemporary, Country, Vintage)
  • Will I need an addition or is my current footprint large enough? (Where will you put that soaking tub?)
  • Am I looking for the best materials and appliances or will the standard be good enough? (6 burner Wolf cook top with in-wall oven or 4 burners GE Cafe range?)
  • Will my home remodel require taking down walls and moving the kitchen or bathroom locations? (Moving mechanical systems will add to the cost.)
  • What type of flooring fits your lifestyle and aesthetic? Hardwood, natural stone tile, carpet?)
  • Are you seeking a statement home with custom exotic wood kitchen cabinets with a hand rubbed finish or something more conventional?

Make a master file and start clipping photos of spaces that you like regarding design, style, and décor. Go through home, design and architecture magazines. You can also do a lot of the work online. Sites like Houzz allow you to create digital “Idea-books” that you can fill with relevant photos from the site.

This pre-planning research can work in your favor when you begin the process of building your team. By giving your designer your master folder, you can develop a commonality of vision and language right from the beginning of your project. By choosing “must have” elements from your files, you can begin to develop your budget. Your designer may have ideas that can meet your aesthetic needs while keeping you within your budget.

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WORK WITH A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

To successfully execute a major home remodel you need a detailed plan and scope of work. Hiring an architect, interior designer, or better yet, a design-build firm is a significant step in the process. Each can play a role in your project.

While every company does things a little differently, many designers work on projects that don’t involve major structural work. They can also offer assistance with materials and colors. Architects may take on a large range of work, or specialize for example only working on floor plans and permits leaving the electrical plans and plumbing to the contractor.

Choosing to work with a full-service design/build firm can mean a single source for your entire project. A design/build firm handles every phase of your project all in-house from the physical design of your space to planning and permitting, creating a realistic budget, construction and even interior design. When you’re considering your project, look at all of the possibilities, including hiring a design/build firm!

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Attaining Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide
Attaining Perfect Home Remodel | Planning & Process Guide

SELECTING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL

Hiring the right people can often be the difference between a smooth, minimally disruptive home remodel and a major disruptive project that can turn ugly! When interviewing firms, there are several things to take into consideration before you sign a contract. The process of vetting can take several weeks depending on how many companies you are interviewing. Make sure you are prepared for any meetings. Have a good idea of what you are looking to accomplish, have a general budget in mind and develop a list of relevant questions to ask each prospect.

You will usually start with an in-person meeting. This is your opportunity to understand the services that each firm offers and make sure they understand your aesthetics and creative vision. It is critical that you have a budget in mind and that you can communicate your expectations to the firm you hire. Make sure you feel comfortable with anyone you choose to work with. Having a good rapport in the interview process is a good first step.

Remember, depending on the scope of work, the workers from the company you choose will be in your home for some time. Working with a company that you can communicate with, understands your needs and design style and can keep disruption to your home to a minimum can go a long way towards a successful project!

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