Cooler days and nights bring us to spending more time indoors and enjoying our inside spaces again. As we are looking to add warmth to our homes, these three options can be used in almost any home. Consider cozying up your space with these “warm” ideas:
Exposed walls, brick walls and natural stone walls combined with soft home decorating fabrics look especially attractive and stylish in homes. The warmth and comfort of a terracotta brick can complement even modern furnishings and artwork and result in a gorgeous room!
Symbolizing strength and stability, brick walls have a universal appeal for both men and women. When brick or stone isn’t an option, look to creating a statement wall with decorative glass, contrasting paint, wallpaper or resin art panels. A statement wall can lift your room to a whole new level while adding warmth and charm to the space.
When you think of snuggling up on a winter night, what comes to mind? A fireplace! Gas fueled models make it possible to add a fireplace to almost any room and space. As Bob Villa explains, since no actual combustion occurs in gas fireplaces, zero-clearance installation is possible, which, according to Monessen Hearth Systems, means that “these fireplaces can be installed in direct contact with combustible walls and floors. Their inner and outer shell construction allows for maximum heat insulation.”
As long as you have a natural gas connection or propane availability, you can install a gas fireplace almost anywhere in your home — under a window, in either an outside or inside wall, at wainscot or floor level, in a corner or even in the center of a room. Shielded by tempered or ceramic glass, gas fireplaces can be exposed on three sides (a peninsula of glassed-in warmth) or four sides (a virtual see-through island).
Installing radiant heating, also known as underfloor heating, is an energy-efficient way to keep warm throughout the cold months. Invented by the engineering-savvy ancient Romans who had slaves fanning wood-burning fires under elevated marble floors, radiant floor heating is an under the floor heating system that conducts heat through the floor surface, rather than through the air as in conventional forced-air heating systems.
The two most common types of radiant floor heating systems are electric (heat via electric wires) and hydronic (heat via hot water tubes), both of which are buried underneath the floor.
Electric radiant floor heating systems are easier and more affordable to install but more expensive to operate, making them ideal for heating small areas.
Hydronic systems are less expensive to operate, so they work well for large floor areas and even entire houses. The caveat is that they come with higher initial costs because they’re more complicated to install and require heated water from a boiler or a water heater.
Call Your Local Professional Contractor
Contact Jeff’s Carpentry for your home and business renovations this fall. We are happy to discuss these and other ideas and provide a free estimate.